A Fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon

I recently heard of an unique fishing method followed by few fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon.Out of curiosity i decided to embark on a journey one fisherman takes daily.

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63 years old Raju starts his work at 5.45am every day – Till 9 am he travels around the lagoon collecting the fishes he caught last night with the boxes made out of metal nets,a unique way of fishing which you will encounter in this lagoon.

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Foods made of rice,flour,sea weeds are kept inside the cage,to eat which,the fishes come inside the trap and never return.
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From the shallow waters to the deep part of the lagoon in the middle,Raju have made traps.This is somewhere in the middle of the deep lagoon,where he tries to take out the trap.He marks the area with a long stick,which often disappears if large amount of water comes from the sea during night.However this man with 43 years of experience can find out the places at easily.

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That was a happy day for this fisherman.A great catch.That will earn him around 2000 rs today.

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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 – It 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

Hindu Festivals in Jaffna , Sri Lanka

Jaffna , where the Tamils inhabit the most in Sri Lanka, has many famous Hindu symbols in the forms of historical buildings,temples,Traditional Cultures.With the abundant number of Hindu Temples, one can witness Hindu festivals all around the year mainly the mid part.The style of presentation of this festivals are different region to region and according to the tradition being followed by the respective worshiping places.

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pungudutivu during the Festival season usually has harsh sunlight and temperature.These devotees enduring so much of pain and exhaustion by rolling on the ground behind the temple cart ,with only purpose of pleasing and showing their love on the Goddess Amman in spiritual ways, need to be kept cool by pouring water on them.

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During the Kannakai Amman Temple Cart festival , worshipers pulling the temple cart around the temple.

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A priest sitting inside the moving temple cart.He will receive the offerings made by the people below and worship the goddess using it for the well being of the people offered it.

Landmarks of Batticaloa Town

Batticaloa is a district in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.As any other parts of the country this land also poses various cultures,people and unique attractions.You might need to go deep into the district to find some beautiful places,however there are few tourist attractions which are  in or nearby the main Batticaloa town.

Old Dutch Fort in Batticaloa

Old Dutch Fort in Batticaloa

A canon inside dutch fort in Batticaloa

A canon inside dutch fort in Batticaloa

Batticaloa Gate

Batticaloa Gate , a landmark where the old Batticaloa port was situated in

Batticaloa Clock Tower

Batticaloa clock tower which marks the center of the city.

Boating in Batticaloa light house

Batticaloa Light house is the place where most people in the town end up to spend their leisure time.Boating and canoeing are famous activities in here.

Batticaloa lighthouse

Batticaloa lighthouse

kalladi Bridge of Batticaloa

kalladi Bridge of Batticaloa

Galle Fort – Heritage Town

First built in 1588  by the Portuguese, Galle fort is an iconic landmark in Galle Town ,Sri Lanka.This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka.There are several churches, mosque, old English, Dutch houses ,tall lighthouse and rest of the other heritage monuments and building make this a famous tourist attraction place in southern part of Sri Lanka.

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a tourist walking in a street of galle heritage site

A mosque and the lighthouse inside the Galle fort

A mosque and the lighthouse inside the Galle fort

An entrance in the galle fort heritage site

An entrance in the galle fort heritage site – Sri Lanka

man riding a bicycle in galle heritage site

man riding a bicycle in galle heritage site

an old english style house balcony in galle fort - srilanka

an old english style house balcony in galle fort- srilanka

Koneswaram Temple – Trincomalee , Sri Lanka

Koneswaram temple / Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil is one of the most famous Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka.Situated in Trincomalee an ancient port city and a famous tourist destination in the country.This centuries old temple was built on Swami Rock – a hill area in the place overlooking beautiful, vast Indian ocean.It is one of the best tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.

Ravana's Cleft in koneswaram temple hill in Trincomalee - tourist attraction in Sri Lanka

Ravana’s Cleft in koneswaram temple hill in Trincomalee – tourist attraction in Sri Lanka

inside view of koneswaram temple with holy sivalinga

inside view of koneswaram temple with holy sivalinga

Sitting lord shiva statue in koneswaram temple

Sitting lord shiva statue in koneswaram temple – Trincomalee, Srilanka

View of sea from trincomalee koneswaram kovil Swami rock

View of sea from trincomalee koneswaram kovil Swami rock