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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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

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

Kallady Bridge

once the longest and now the second longest bridge in Sri lanka – Kalladi Bridge is situated in Batticaloa district of eastern province of the country.It was built in 1924 and also known as ” Lady Manning bridge “.This is a famous landmark in Batticaloa.Usually lifetime of the bridges are around 50 years.But this bridge survives way longer than that and recognized by most people for the engineering invloved in building this up decades back when modern technology was not there.

Now a new Kalladi Bridge is being built up near to this old one and it will be opened to the public during early 2013.

kalladi Bridge of Batticaloa

Kalladi bridge in Batticaloa taken from Batticaloa lagoon during a twilight.

Kalladi Bridge iin Batticaloa

Kalladi Bridge in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka .One of the tourist attractions in Batticaloa

Ambalangoda Mask Making

Ambalangoda is a small town in Southern part of Sri Lanka which is famous for hand made Masks.Mask making is a tradition in Sri Lanka  and the finished masks are used in festivals, to decorate the houses and for dance performances.Ariyapala & Sons is a company which is the main mask makers in the area which runs a large show room,workshop and a mask museum which are favorites to the tourists traveling Sri Lanka.Ambalangoda mask making is one of the tourist attraction in Sri Lanka which you should not miss.

group of finished masks in mask shop in ambalangoda

Masks displayed in Ariyapala & sons Mask museum in Ambalangoda Sri Lanka.The famous shop for mask making in Sri Lanka

mr wimalasiri a mask maker and a craftsman in ambalangoda

Mr.Wimalasiri is an experienced craftsman of Ambalangoda mask making industry.This is the Ariyapala & Sons workshop where they make masks.

a small mask in ambalangoda ariyapala sons mask museum

A mask inside the Ariyapala and Sons mask museum.This is situated in Ambalangoda, a place which is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

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