This man is a sardine fisherman. He is simultaneously smoking his cigar and helping to pull in a long net full of sardines.
I saw these fishermen while eating breakfast at my beachside guest house one morning, so I got my camera and went to take a look.
The fishing net formed a loop out to sea from two groups of fisherman pulling it in from shore. The net was maybe 300 metres long, and once it was pulled in, it was full of thousands of jiggling sardines.
There were maybe 20 fisherman all up doing the pulling. They seemed to have all different personalities. Some were serious, some not. The person in the background wanted me to go to his house to smoke some ganga and drink home brewed alcohol. Others just asked where I was from and how I liked Sri Lanka.
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Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-02-11 8:27
Great black and white pic, I love the man posing with his cigar hanging out his mouth. It seems so natural because he isnt looking into your direction.
I would just of liked to see more of the nets.
Great DOF in this pic
olli (2091) 2004-02-11 8:35
Great subject – especially the cigar is a real eye-catcher. And excellent tones, too – they really couldn´t be produced by a digital camera.
I like the composition and framing – everything.
Very well seen and done, Josh.
padam (186) 2004-02-11 8:56
Not very appealing at first sight on the thumbnail, but a good surprise with the large version. The pose of the man is worth a picture by itself. The tones and the overall image quality is superb. Well done.
Cat (0) 2004-02-11 9:29
Great shot, and very informative also! DoF is great and the B&W accentuates the drama of the people! Well done!
Darren (6823) 2004-02-11 10:04
I like this shot quite a lot Josh. I love your main subject and I really like the guy in the background as an additional element too. I do find the arm of the person in front of him to be a little distracting, I would prefer it cropped I think. It really looks like you nailed the exposure on quite a tough scene. There are a lot of very white areas, but none of them seem to be at all blown out.I am not sure what you have done in post processing here Josh, but it does look a little too contrasty and perhaps a little oversharpened, although that may have been your intent. Nice shot.
maciekda (19895) 2004-02-11 11:39
very nice scene, for a moment I thought I was Luko's picture.. and I think it is enough in this critique, you know what I mean :-)
oh, wait.. no, there is someone's arm on the left side... it was not necessary...
anyway, very nice shot
richtersl (3546) 2004-02-11 13:35
I just LOVED your caption. Only here can one see not just a sardine fisherman, but a sardine fisherman with a CIGAR! :-) The black & white really helps us concentrate on his wonderful expression. DOF is perfect.
eelliott305 (776) 2004-02-11 15:40
Great B&W shot. The cigar smoker looks like quite a character, you have caught lots of detail in his face. The man at the back looks quite happy with life.
Clochette (8076) 2004-02-11 16:39
Great capture. Your nice DOF emphasizes the feeling that this man is a star on this beach, he has a very strong presence and probably a strong temper. He reminds me Anthony Quinn, starring in Zorba the Greek (maybe it's the posture ?...)
lemon_logix (1054) 2004-02-11 22:38
Good DOF and bw. WOuld you like to share your processing work for this? or did you shoot in bw?
agarcia (393) 2004-02-13 5:55
I lie this picture, Josh. The composition could have been greatly improved, by moving your interest point (the man of the cigar) to one of the focus points of the picture. Anyway, I like the facial expressions of the people in the picture, as well as the dynamism they transmit. Well done!
cloverstar (0) 2004-02-13 16:37
Now this is what I call a good shot. B/W fits perfectly. I like the way the main subject is very sharp, and blurring out the other. Shame the man on the left wasn't just a wee bit more forward. Very well seen and taken.
- Copyright: Josh Josh (Josh69) (1431)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon f80, 24-120mmG VR, Ilford Super XP2 400, Circular Polarising
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Portraits of Sri Lanka, Smokin' [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-02-11 8:13
- Favorites: 1 [view]