A church at the shore

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From 1580, when the first church was built in Jaffna, by the Portuguese-the Christianity started to flourish in the peninsula.Many people were converted into christianity and sooner it became a religion to be followed by most of the people in the land, second to Hinduism.Due to the geography of Jaffna it was easy to access it by ships and boats, and it is obvious that christianity is being followed by most of the fishing communities at the coastal stretch of the region.Beautiful churches can be seen everywhere, at the beautiful locations- spreading religious harmony in the region.

Some interesting silhouettes

On my recent trip to a rural village near Kokkattichoalai in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka ,i was really lucky to end up near a stretch of palmyrah trees all along a gravel road.The time was perfect as the sun was already setting in.I spent some productive time making pictures of interesting people traveling in the road as silhouettes.

Tip on photographing silhouettes РIt is not a big task, as a basic knowledge in camera functions will deliver us some really interesting keeps at the end of the day.I always feel,that it is best to preserve some details of the subjects.Get an exposure reading of the outer lighter part of the setting sun,usually the yellow rim around the sun.Increase the metered exposure slightly around 1/3 or 2/3 stops either manually or through exposure compensation.This will help retaining some shadow details of the silhouette without making them 100% black and unrealistic.If you feel this is little bit difficult and you can spare some time for post processing, then you could play with the shadow sliders to bring out some details.

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Three siblings are returning home at sunset after collecting woods for cooking – Sri Lanka

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Silhouette of a man riding bicycle with a cigarette in one hand at sunset – Sri Lanka

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Heavenly Kitulgala – Sri Lanka

Kitulgala in Sri Lanka , only one word comes to my mind whenever i visit this place, that is ” Heavenly “.
This is a place where you will almost anything that the mother nature can provide – waterfalls, caves, dense forest, rivers and streams, fauna and flora and few villages inside the forest…you name it..

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A boatman riding a small oruwa / boat in the kelani river in kitulgala - sri lanka

Boats connect the two ends of the kelani river in Kitulgala.The water here is famous for white water rafting.

sunlit leaves inside kitulgala rainforest in sri lanka

Sunlit leaves inside the forests of Kitulgala ,home to many birds and flora.

Devon Falls & St.Clair’s Waterfall – Sri Lanka

St.Clair’s and Devon falls are the most scenic waterfalls found near Hatton and Thalawakele road in Sri Lanka.

devon waterfall Sri Lanka

Devon Falls, a 97 meters high waterfall in Sri Lanka situated near Talawakele and Hatton.Formed by Kothmale Oya it is one of the most scenic waterfalls in the country.

Devon waterfall in Hatton - Sri Lanka

Another beautiful view of Devon Falls

St.clairs waterfall - Sri Lanka

st.clairs waterfall called ,”Little Niagara of Sri Lanka” is situated in Hatton-Talawakele highway.It is now threatened due to the Upper Kothmale Project