Intha people living on and around Inle Lake in Burma’s Shan State, have perfected the skill of rowing with one leg while balancing on the other. This method is a more powerful way of rowing than the usual one. I am waiting to see the skulling teams of the west stand up and row like real men.
Taken in 1984 while sitting very still in the front of the very tipsy craft, with a Nikon FM2, nikkor 28mm lense and kodachrome slide film. Scanned at 3600 dpi with a Plustek slide scanner, and cleaned in photoshop.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Carolyn Hawke
    Carolyn Hawkeover 5 years ago

    Really cool shot, doesn’t seem all that practical though.

  • thanks Carolyn. Once you get your balance, it is actually a better way to paddle as a leg is much stronger than an arm.

    – John Spies

  • Lass With a Camera
    Lass With a Ca...over 5 years ago

    Awesome shot. The perpective adds to it so much!

  • As you can imagine, I saw sitting pretty still, even though his balance was amazing. It was a 28mm lens, shot on kodachrome slide film.

    – John Spies

  • stevengeer
    stevengeerover 5 years ago

  • Thank you, i am honoured

    – John Spies

  • Daidalos
    Daidalosover 5 years ago

    wonderful, great work

  • Nice to hear from you Daidalos

    – John Spies

  • KazM
    KazMover 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot of a truely unique sight
    Thanks for showing me this wonderful sight that I am unlikely to get the chance to see myself.

  • My pleasure Kaz, thanks for your comment

    – John Spies

  • seereise
    seereiseover 5 years ago

    wow! I would love to see this in action
    congrats on getting such a good shot in such wobbly conditions

  • Thanks seereise, he was actually remarkably stable, as we would have to be to stand like that.

    – John Spies

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    Amazing capture, what a great balancing act LOL Instand fav 4 me !!

  • Thanks Esther, it must have a learning curve, with a few spills.

    – John Spies

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 5 years ago

    eeesh! i see the water in the bottom of the boat too…lol this is just…….wow. amazing how we adapt to our situations to improve apon them.

  • It was remarkable how he could balance out my movements as well. I was a little worried about my camera gear.

    – John Spies

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Polly, it’s nice to be featured in your wonderful group

    – John Spies

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