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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Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is often considered a 8th wonder of the world is a famous landmark in Sri Lanka.The rock was modified into a rock fortress by King Kashyappa an ancient ruler of the country.This is the place where you can see the magnificent wall frescoes of Sigiriya depicting beautiful female figures, which closely resembles the Ajanta frescoes in India.Now this place is one of the most traveled location in the country by the foreign tourists as well as almost all the locals.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress as seen from a forest in the surrounding.

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A little girl walking towards Sigiriya Rock Fortress – World Heritage site in Sri Lanka

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Ancient painting of beautiful ladies with flowers in hands at sigiriya rock fortress caves – Unesco world heritage site in Sri Lanka

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Group of school children standing at the edge of top most part of Sigiriya Rock Fortress with the beautiful landscape in the background at dusk- a Unesco World Heritage site in Sri Lanka

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.

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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