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Fishermen of Inle Lake



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9 Comments | Report
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka March 17, 2016
Well crafted. Welcome to VB.
mikeconley PRO
 
mikeconley May 11, 2016
Great capture, beautiful. Welcome to ViewBug. I look forwrd to more.
nbordega PRO
 
nbordega May 12, 2016
Excellent symmetry. Welcome to VB.
kathrynsklenakdannay
 
kathrynsklenakdannay November 09, 2016
Awesome photo, one of my favorites!
Tony-M
 
Tony-M December 28, 2016
Beautiful scene..
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PS50 April 06, 2017
Amazing capture :)
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Lesabre1954 April 21, 2017
Magic moment in time. Great shot!
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albaem August 12, 2018
I love this composition, so nice!
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 August 19, 2018
Outstanding capture ... A skillfully crafted image ... Congrats on your awards, well done.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on Inle Lake in Myanmar, a place of incredible beauty.
Time
This photo was taken at sunrise. We went out on boats similar to the ones these fishermen were using. It was before dawn and still fairly dark. Luckily the boat ride was just a few moments to this spot where we could line up the sunrise with the fishermen. The weather was spectacular. This is an experience I could do over and over.
Lighting
I was particularly interested in lining up the sunrise with the fishermen. My thought was to get a starburst effect, silhouetting the three fishermen. To get the starburst I needed to stop down the lens to f/22. Now, the fun begins. With the lens stopped down, I had 1/60 sec exposure reading. I really didn't want a high ISO because I wanted a clean image with all the dark areas. This left me hand holding the camera with a rocking boat, looking at rocking fishermen, keeping the sunburst in the middle and the beautiful sun-line in the water right down the middle. It was a near miracle I got a sharp shot!
Equipment
It was a Nikon D800E, 24-700m f/2.8 lens. There were no filters, tripod or flash. Just me, my camera and the elements.
Inspiration
I had heard about the fishermen of Inle Lake, fishing like they have for hundreds of years. I was interested in photographing them in their traditional clothing, using traditional netting to catch the fish. Once I saw the sun begin to rise, silhouetting the fishermen, I had my shot. The water was so beautiful, I wanted to make sure there was enough ripples in the foreground. The sun-line made for a great leading line, so I had to make sure it was right down the middle. All the elements then lined up perfectly and I snapped a few shots. I only had a few seconds before the sun would get too high. I couldn't be happier with the shot!
Editing
This photo came out of the camera in really goos shape. I worked in Lightroom and performed just a few adjustments: As you can imagine with the setting, I needed to straiten the photo a little. After that, I added a little warmth, boosted the blacks and sharpened. The photo has to do a lot about mood, so keeping it dark was essential.
In my camera bag
My bag contains my Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm, Nikon 24-70mm, and Nikon 70-200mm. I always take a few extra memory chips and batteries. The only other thing of note is a set of filters, polarizing and ND. It's better to have a smaller, lighter bag so I can be nimble, ready for the next shot.
Feedback
If you are going to take shots like these where both you and the subject are moving, its best to learn proper hand-holding technique. Then, its all about practice! If you have a camera that does not perform well in low light, and you need to have minimal noise in the photo, then you must keep the ISO as low as possible and use proper technique! Good luck!!

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