On my trip to Bali I met Yoga (simplyoga). We went photo hunting together with two of his friends - it was a great day.
On a remote stretch of black sand beach in Kusamba, east Bali, a salt farmer slowly emerges from the ocean with two wooden buckets balanced on a bamboo pole strung across his shoulder.
At 5am, the sun is just beginning to warm the horizon but the salt farmer started his labour an hour ago. He has only two hours to collect the precious seawater and scatter it across the beach before the sun rises.
He slowly, rhythmically swings his buckets so that seawater splashes across the sand along his path. The work is tedious and tiring, but planting the seeds of salt is just the first step in harvesting.
Salt harvesting is an ancient tradition among the Balinese primarily around the coastal areas of Kusamba and further north-east in Amed.
The salt farmer will rake the sand to a perfect smoothness before he sprinkles the saltwater across it.
Over several hours, the sun bakes the sand into crisp flakes containing the precious salt that will be harvested. Only the uppermost layer is collected, which requires a deft hand.
Under a searing midday sun the salt farmer gathers the delicate shards of sand back into the cottages where they are washed in well-worn wooden drums arranged like a miniature canal system. The fresh water leaches the salt from the sand into the drums to make pure saltwater brine.
The labourers pour the brine onto split timber planks that are spread across several wooden frames for further evaporation under the sun that might take up to three days.
The fragile white jewels of salt grains are layered into bamboo-leaf cones and allowed to drain. Finally the salt farmer is packing the salts into little plastic bags where they will be sold at the nearby Klungkung morning market or to wholesalers.
The saltworks are fascinating to visitors, but the whole process is painstakingly time consuming yet the yield is small. Two days of work usually produces about five vessels of salt, each amounting to some 5kg.
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siolaw (38292) 2007-01-04 15:20
Asimple but efficient compo, with good colors nice sharpness and nice how the man is on a sky background from that POV.. what is the white stuff at his feet? salt?
Ulishna (2268) 2007-01-04 15:28
very good work! I like this vertical format with sky, colors and light.
faubry (35447) 2007-01-04 15:29
hello Tina, very beautiful composition with the large space at the top, i like a lot,
i wish you happy new yea
scalerman (26900) 2007-01-04 16:23
Tina: sterling composition. Light is well managed for a very motion-filled shot. The water splashing is a great touch. regards, c
parbo (11092) 2007-01-04 18:42
His silhouette is really very well caught while walking and carrying water with authentic tools. I like his natural movement and of course dropping water a lot. Blue sky and sea are creating good background. Congratulations.
Furachan (0) 2007-01-04 21:16
Wonderful shot with your 17-40: the sky in the background is TOP and I really like the touches on sunlight that orevent the walking figure from becoming a complete silhouette.
Happy New Year!
Cormac (26563) 2007-01-04 21:41
I like the simplicity and the power of this image. The lone person carrying the water, and pure sky behind with nothing to distract, gives us a symbol without any clutter to take away from the shape. Well done!
yanm (1485) 2007-01-05 4:41
Perhaps you will consider a fill in flash in a condition like this. Beside to give light for his expression, it also makes the drop looks greater.
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-01-05 7:35
I remember some of Yoga's shots about the theme of the salt farmers.
You caught a very nice image. The splash of the water on the ground is very effective.
Angshu (56748) 2007-01-06 3:29
I had the opportunity to see the saltfarmers in Bali from some wonderful photographs in TE..I did not go to Kusumba & I sure missed it out. Lovely photograph wehere everything is near perfect. The simplicity of the shot is what is most appealing to me. Wonderful composition Tina
arindam_thokder (3987) 2007-01-07 14:39
Gret one Tina....You verticl composition is well blanced an the amount of sky i nic.
pinakie_slg (861) 2007-01-08 1:42
the silhouette is very well shot. reminds me of my country men almost same in posture doing work of a daily labour. Blue sky and sea are created a good background. Thanks for the note.
bigboroboy (1098) 2007-01-25 19:45
Excellent! The dramatic backlighting catching those drops of water as they hit the floor is simply superb. The unconventional composition with all that sky at the top works really well here.
everlasting (14850) 2007-01-30 10:44
Just enough light to allow us to see some detail in the salt farmer. the splashing of the water is really nicely captured, frozen and the huge sky makes a perfect backdrop. Again a well chosen POV
- Copyright: Tina Munk (tinamunk3) (6408)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 17-40mm/4L
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 15:14