The Fishing Net (Big Blue) - Gabura, Satkhira, Bangladesh – Khalid Rayhan Shawon
Get in close to get great images! That is exactly what Khalid did and he was rewarded well for his efforts. He created an intimate photo of the daily life of a fisherman that is worthy of the pages of National Geographic Magazine. To see more of the “river life” please visit his portfolio here http://www.flickr.com/photos/39227384@N07/ after reading his compelling story below of the big blue net. Also here is a great shot of the Cormorant fishermen of China by Don Ballard that is just as compelling CLICK HERE.
Gabura is a village and island near Sundarbans, the biggest mangrove forest in the world. One of the main lively hoods of the people of Gabura is fishing in the river. To reach Gabura, we had to take a short journey by boat. During the boat journey, I was in the middle of the river and I saw from a distance some fishermen catching fish with a big blue net. I tried to capture it with my large zoom lens. But that was not giving the full flavor of the photo and the big net. I instantly decide to go nearer to the fishermen. But riding on a big boat, it was not possible to get very close to the nets. Then I hired a very small boat that was running in the river. I left most of my photo gear with my friends on the larger boat and only brought my Nikon D90 and ultra wide lens (Tokina 11-16mm). After reaching the nets I started shooting. It was tough to keep the small boat steady in the mid river amidst tide. It was rocking and rolling. I tried my best to get a good frame full of the net and one fisherman. The net was so big in size (11mm) that sometimes could not capture the entire net. After many attempts and the help of my boatman by moving the boat around I finally got the shot.
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tokina 11-16 mm
Focal Length: 11mm
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