No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without a visit to see traditional stilt fisherman, so on our last day we headed to Waligama Beach in the early hours, which gave us to opportunity to take this iconic shot. This has been a ‘bucket list’ image to capture and the experience didn’t disappoint. We were treated to half an hour with them alone.
The intention of this shot was to create a more ‘dreamy’ image. It was a cloudy morning but this worked to our advantage to produce the milky white background. As the waves were breaking around the stilts, a technique was required to smooth the water so that it matched the foreground. This was done by using a 10 stop ND filter to slow the shutter speed. The fishermen obliged by keeping still during the lengthy exposure to keep the image sharp. The coloured attire jumps out of the white surroundings for perfect impact.
Taken with Canon 1DX MK2, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 at f4, 13s and ISO200. The camera was mounted in the sea on a Manfrotto Be Free travel tripod and the shutter triggered with a cable release. The exposure was created using a Hoya Pro ND 1000 screw in filter attached.
Just along the coast from Waligama is Galle. This has an old Colonial fort with quiet shops, restaurants and a market. Just outside in the busier section on the beach is the fish market. Local fisherman either use boats or land based nets to catch the fish which they immediately sell on shore.
This image depicts a group of fisherman all pulling together to drag one of the huge nets out of the ocean and onto the beach. The image was take from a low angle with the focus made on the closest man on the right. As the depth of field takes effect, the image leads the viewer along the line and into the sea.
Taken with Canon 1DX MK2, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 at f2.8, 4000th/s and ISO200 with a focal length of 30mm.
Galle itself is full of interesting people. Two images of the locals could not be more different. The first was of a local woman who was actually taking part in a photo shoot. She stood by a white pillar whilst the local photographer took pictures from directly in front. Having looked at this angle, it was decided to capture her from the side and slightly off centre. Advantage was taken of the white pillar and white wall background to accentuate her bright red dress. This gives a simple image with impact.
Taken with Canon 1DX MK2, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 at f4.5, 160th/s and ISO200.
In stark contrast a local man who owned a wood carving shop was standing outside as we passed. After we remarked on his beard, he untied it to give a great image. His beard had been growing for over 15 years.
Both locations for these images form part of tours operated by Plus One Photo Tours where guests are taken to less touristic areas in order to give a true flavour of the country, it’s culture and way of life and offering the opportunity to capture lasting images which are not normally achievable by the regular holidaymaker.