This photograph of a fisherman derigging his oruva boat (a type of outrigger canoe with sail) as a tourist strolls by, just before sunset on the beach at Ethukala, north of Negombo, is my favourite Sri Lanka picture.
A few seconds after taking this photograph, the fisherman noticed that I was photographing his boat, and ran towards me demanding money for the picture. That constantly happens in Sri Lanka. It gets annoying after a while. Sri Lanka is trying to revitalise its tourism industry after its civil war, but this type of attitude towards tourists is what turns people away.
Critiques | Translate
Amellia (1862) 2005-08-05 8:57
witam:) niesamowita fotografia, wspaniałe kolorki, pozdrawiam serdecznie:))
gringofil (0) 2005-08-05 9:30
Ohhh...this is beautiful. I'm no fan of straight-up sunsets, but this is quite a different take. I really like how you captured the boat in the frame and made it the centerpiece so to speak...the two other figures add a lot in secondary interest as well. Good work!
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-05 9:34
Beautiful photo, good composition, splendit colors and sharpness. Congratulations.
gaby (19819) 2005-08-05 10:52
Hi David wonderful shot - I like a lot - the purple color of the sky is incredible -
Thanks for this good job
have a nice week end
king (4242) 2005-08-05 12:01
Great through simplicity.
srabbe (1424) 2005-08-05 15:13
Wonderful sky colors, and great composition with this boat.
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-08-05 16:27
Mükemmel bir kompozisyon.
yekjohn (1890) 2005-08-06 9:11
This is nice! Wonderful colors you have captured here. Cheers, John.
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2005-08-06 12:06
Hi David, this is a great shot, well ballanced conrast and nice warm colors. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Michael
jbweasle (9393) 2005-08-06 17:33
This sail makes a wonderful shape against the pink sky. The sun is perfectly positioned and the two people bring the image to life.
klyee75 (778) 2005-08-07 21:35
Beautiful photo, good composition, splendid colors and sharpness. The sun is nicely place
in the center of the strings...hahahaa...But those fisherman can't do this...how can they come and demand for money..sounds bad and might scare away most of the tourists.
One question David...you pay them for how many hours...hahahaa..
thebecky (688) 2005-08-09 20:15
Lovely shot from Negombo (I never found people asking me for money for photos here before) You caught a great moment though the sky is wonderful.
Cos (1562) 2005-08-10 12:36
A stunning sunset. The colours are amazing. How did you stop the foreground from being thrown into silhouette when the sun was still so high? Well captured.
PJE (20758) 2005-08-12 2:04
Now this is a gorgous shot David. Great elements and perfect timing for the scene. TO have one casually walking by while another works on pulling his boat in makes a nice contrast too. I see you have some nice shots at the end of the day. I tend to love morning the light. You can see some very BC ish photos in my gallery after the Mexicain shots from being on holidays. Thanks for posting
ChrisJ (116108) 2005-08-18 5:55
Superb graphism & silhouettes, with a wonderfully magenta tinged sunset sky. Excellent sharpness too. Well done!
sayzey (2358) 2005-08-21 9:36
Hey David, this photo is superb, very nice positioning of the boat in relation to the sun. How did you manage to avoid overexposure? i was taking sunrise photos the other morning and a lot were overexposed and VERY bright @ 1/1000 shutter speed! And im talking with the sun lower than it is in this photo.
If you have any tips I woudl be pleased to hear them : )
Speaking of the man asking for money, I suppose they have a point asking, especially if they think you might be getting paid for the photos! I can imagine it getting annoying though, especially if you are a person photographer! Did you give him anything? How much would you say is fair for taking someones photo?
Again well done : )
colinbrenchley (6431) 2005-08-21 18:00
David, considering that this is an instant type of picture the composition is laid out well even to the sun being between the ropes and not cutting through one of them. The image sharpness is also very good. I visited Sri Lanka last year and enjoyed the island.
zuccar9 (296) 2005-09-10 11:26
Hi David. I like this picture, really nice and good shoot. Nice composition with the soft colour.
santhosh_ermal (122) 2005-09-25 12:50
hai david....wonderfull colour combination..very welll managed frame...nice subject too
jhm (155330) 2006-03-09 12:18
Today I browsed once your gallery I found this picture one of the most beautiful photos, also one of the best quality, a school example how a composition have to, my compliments for this!
Thanks a lot for interesting comment at my picture.
elmec (12210) 2006-03-13 13:59
Very nice shot!
Magic sunset with delicate colours and interesting composition n the first plane!
I like it!
ruisc_pt (11090) 2007-05-29 14:39
Nice sunset with a pinky sun well framed between the aisle and the rope.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-05
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon E5000
- Exposure: f/4.3, 1/150 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Blogger slideshow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-05 8:24
- Favorites: 1 [view]