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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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

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.

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