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Old Jul 18, 2010, 7:04 PM   #1
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Default Sri Lanka: Life of the Fishermen

Another aspect of life in SL that we were exposed to on the northeastern coast where fishing is a way of life. Very different from commercial fishing in the western hemisphere. This is a life of manual labor...a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. A way of life for generations...

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Starting at day break the boat with the nets is launched from the shore--carried and shoved by hand. The boat does have an outboard motor.


Once the nets have been laid about a mile or two off shore, they are hauled in by two teams of about 10 men. It takes about 2 hours to haul the nets back in against the current.


After all that work, sometimes the catch is bountiful, but at other times it is merely one basket load


Here is a puffer fish that got caught in the net. It was thrown back in the water and happily swam away...


A brief rest for one of the crew before repeating the activity upto 3 times a day.

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Awesome series here, really tells a story. Love the compositions
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Great photo-story. Shows how hard some must work just to eat. Wonderful.
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Jehan, Great storytelling with the camera. You have captured a piece of real life drama, the struggle for survival.

Don't you just love the 18-250 for a travel lens? I couldn't live without mine. Yes there are compromises with it but they are minor compared with its versatility.

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I really love photo-sets like these. Some wonderful shots in there - congratulations !

Pufferfish - are amongst the most poisonous fish in the sea so not surprised it was thrown back ! The puffed up size also makes it impossible for many larger fish to swallow it, an awesome array of defences !
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NMRecording, Hawgwild,Lou and Frogfish: Thanks for your comments. I tried to share part of my experience through the pictures that I took...there is so much more to places than the beautiful scenery. I have one more series that I'll post on the "up-country" (hill country) of Sri Lanka.

Lou: The compactness of the DA 18-250 coupled with the great IQ makes this the best travel lens around. Too bad that it is no longer in production.

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cool shots, really liked how the story about the puffer fish


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Hi Jehan,

Great series!

It's good to get a reality check to really appreciate just how good our society has been to us. The things we complain about not having as a matter of course are beyond the wildest dreams of these hard working people, and few of us can even imagine conditions that they would consider a hardship. Gives you some perspective. . .

A great story told very well with some great images!

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Can only echo what's already been said - you did a great job telling this very interesting story!
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Excellent series, Jehan!
Sure wish I could convince the boss that we really need to own one of those 18-250's
maybe I can sell my boat...
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