Stilt fishermen on the south-western shore of Sri Lanka, near Galle, between Ahangama and Weligama.
Stilt fishermen have an interesting way of catching fish. They perch wooden poles in the shallow waters near the coast, they walk or swim to those poles every day, climb on the benches and stand there for hours to catch fish by casting out their lines. Sometimes their feet get seriously wounded by the reef rocks.
Although tips from tourists became the rule of the game, I had the impression they still earn their lives thru fishing.
Cropped, applied warmth and sharpness.
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sandpiper (6764) 2012-10-30 2:56
Classic composition of this local fisherman. But I love the breaking waves in the background, excellent.
sevy (15009) 2012-10-30 3:01
It is remembering what I could see in Indonesia.
Good use of the telephoto lens to well show the fisherman against the waves and good cropping to reach a balanced shots with a easy readability of the action.
ManuMay (34357) 2012-10-30 4:56
Perfect focus...And a very good subject for captures...
Light and colours are superb here, as sharpness and definition, this is the real life ...this is a very good daily life scene...
SnapRJW (26978) 2012-10-30 5:43
Hello Erdem - I would have loved to have seen the stilt fishermen when we were in Sri Lanka but it wasn't to be. Collecting tips or not they make a fine subject for photographers. Excellent use of DOF in this shot where the waves are visible but don't detract form the main focus. Warm regards Rosemary
willperrett (5132) 2012-11-18 7:56
I'm sorry that I missed this photograph when you first posted it; but better late than never! This is a cracking environmental portrait, of a way of life that, as your note implies, is rapidly disappearing: maybe they do make more money from posing from tourists than from their fishing. But what a way to make a living. It looks excruciatingly uncomfortable! Beautifully framed, and your long lens, with its shallow depth of field, has made our attention focus on the fisherman. Good work.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3863)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM, Canon CirPL 77mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-30 2:52