Senegal cars 5 - Cars rapides (Rapid bus) by Elcet ()
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Senegal has nearly no trains. For long-distance travels, if you have no personal car, you can use either official (local "yellow cabs") or unofficial taxis, trucks, or so-called rapid buses (Cars rapides). The latter ones are of two main manufacturers: Renault and Mercedes. The Mercedes ones are not very old, but nearly all are in incredibly bad condition, they are painted all-white. The Renault ones, one of them is shown here, are beautiful with their bright yellow and blue colors, however their interior is very damaged too as you can see in my bottom picts. These interesting collectors approach forty years of daily use. People who travelled with these minibuses said that they are very uncomfortable, anyway they are nearly always incredibly overcrowded. I apologize for photographers hoping technically perfect pictures, because it is very difficult to make good ones (it is forbidden to take pictures of these private buses, so I had to do it very quickly). Thanks to people who commented my photos of this Senegal series:
Cars of 2007, Senegal, 1, for Mousson
Cars of 2007, Senegal, 2
Cars of 2007, Senegal, 3
Cars of 2007, Senegal 4, Sudden death
Three children and a sheep
Techdata for the first image: Nikon D70 with Nikkor 3.5-4.5/18-70 ED at shortest focal length, ISO 200, aperture-priority automatic, 1/850s at f/7.1. No postwork except cropping, image taken from a moving car.
Image Comments (17)
El_Lee () 4:31PM | Fri, 21 December 2007
Regardless of the quality, they still tell a very real story. As with the rest in this series, wonderful captures, and thank you for bringing them to us.
2Loose2Trek () 4:37PM | Fri, 21 December 2007
I'm glad that you were able to photograph this festive looking bus ... and I'm glad to see that no animals are suffering in this collection of fine photographs. Well done Edouard. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Mousson () 6:39PM | Fri, 21 December 2007
Wowwww! Super reportage et vehicules! Ils ne sont pas mauvais et ressemblent beaucoup à ce qu´existe aux Philipines, et, en moins coloré, Indonesie, Thailande, Birmanie... Surtout l´intérieur. Je suppose que le nombre de personnes qui tiennent dedans est le même, inimaginable pour nous ! Le problème est qu´il n´y a pas d´amortisseur du tout( au moins ceux que je connais) et aprés quelques heures on est en miettes :-))))) En parlant de miettes, en fait, j´ai trois fractures de ma chutte, pas au bout du monde, sortant d´une fête dans une villa trés chic :-)) La honte :-)))) Le médecin m´a permis l´ordinateur à petites doses :-)))
Elcet () 2:21AM | Sat, 22 December 2007
A note for 3D modelers: In fact, I took these photos for a comic project, the action place of which is in Africa. With these captures I am able to illustrate the action that can take place both inside and outside these vehicles. On can think that these models can last several years from now, ten years or perhaps more because local people are very expert to maintain old models, and even to manufacture lacking OEM Renault elements if no longer available. The comic action date is ca. 2018. I am not sure if the original model is Renault Galion or Goelette. If somebody is interested to create such minibus in 3D, please contact me, I am able to send hi-resolution photos, I guess that I have one from rear. If not, I am able to reconstruct how it is, and ask somebody to verify at Dakar. For the driving cabin, I am nearly sure that Renault Industrial Vehicles could help the project if necessary.
helanker () 2:42AM | Sat, 22 December 2007
WOW ! Looks fantastic. I would really like to see a 3D work of such one. So very interesting.
RBlue () 11:13AM | Sat, 22 December 2007
A 3d challenge to build authentic looking models of the area. Mostly the PS texure mapping. Great to be able to travel there and get the feeling first hand. Certain to make the flavor of the upcoming graphic project to be worth waiting for.
Claywoman () 7:26PM | Sat, 22 December 2007
Wow another beautiful set of pictures Elcet! You quickly snapped some great ones! Did you enjoy your trip there?
Domi48 () 5:54AM | Sun, 23 December 2007
L'Afrique existera-t-elle enfin un jour? Ou bien continuerons-nous à la considérer comme un gisement à exploiter? Je te souhaite néanmoins une bonne fin d'année!
pixelmeister () 4:59AM | Mon, 24 December 2007
That's nice! I have still so much to do. Otherwise, I would do it. Merry xmas!
Richardphotos () 9:20PM | Fri, 28 December 2007
these reminds me of the Jeepneys in the Filipines.raggedy and held together with a prayer and strong thread.I rode then everyday when I was there.in the countryside they even climb on top and hanging off the sides.luckily I was not on any that had a wreck. excellent captures and very swift action on your part
jocko500 () 12:16PM | Sun, 30 December 2007
this is very good reporting work and even what you needed them for in your art.
skyla824 () 11:16PM | Thu, 20 March 2008
wonderful work and the colors are fantastic as well. thanks for the history