There are many dying cultural traditions around the world and stilt fishing is one of them. Being an island, Sri Lanka has a deep connection with the ocean. We had gotten behind schedule to reach this location in time before sunset and on arrival both myself and the film crew had very little time to plan our shots. I took a huge risk knowing I had literally a few minutes to get something before the light would deteriorate rapidly. Taking my camera way back up the beach to use the 70-200mm lens was the only option because the film crew also needed to capture a sequence of me at work with the lens. On this particular occasion I would have probably chosen a different lens if I had the choice but I managed to improvise. However, getting the fishermen to remain still was a challenge that had to be coordinated with team work consuming more time I didn’t really have to set up this shot idea. In the end, just in the nick of time and with my heart racing knowing it was an all or nothing situation I was in, I managed to get this photo captured seconds before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
Edition of 15
Nikon 810 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL
1.6 seconds f/22 ISO 64
6720 x 4800
Joseph Anthony is a multiple award winning photographer and filmmaker, wildlife camera operator and photojournalist as well as being a lens Ambassador for Nikon. A retired airline pilot before becoming a professional photographer, he also flies drones commercially and his work has taken him all over the globe. Published and exhibited worldwide with clients such as National Geographic, Nikon and WWF, he is particularly interested in telling stories about wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. Aside from being a face of Nikon, he is most well known for his work with big cats, being in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the historic 2018 eruption in Hawai’i which he documented intensively for 3 months and includes an award winning film about it with global newspaper and magazine coverage and for his other award winning film about elephants for WWF. He wants to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of our planet, help draw attention to its fragility, not just because of a love of nature but also for the survival of our own species.
Polhena beach, Sri Lanka
Stilt fishermen on a beach at sunset
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