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‘Posh’ coracles all lined up for a river joyride …

These coracles are made of bamboo woven together to form a light frame and covered by thick plastic sheeting to make it waterproof. They support 6-8 people at a time ….. interesting considering that the river at this stretch has a number of crocs (ok small 2-3 ft ones – but still!!).

These gentrified coracles are a far cry from the traditional ones used by fishermen on the river which have the same frame but get covered by large leaves and an outer coating of tar.

Nikon D300
Sigma 10-20 at 13mm
f/9.5 at 1/20 -0.2 EV
Cokin Grads

Cauvery River, Bheemeshwari, Karnataka, Bangalore

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  • yolanda
    yolandaover 3 years ago

    Great image and information about these interesting looking boats :-)

  • Thank you so much – glad you found the info interesting.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Very cool ….. love your composition here, Vikram!! Really like the filter tone you’ve used too! Well done, my friend!

  • Thanks so much Wendi – was quite happy to get back from a walk and see them all lined up like that for me :-)
    I’ve taken a bit of a liking to the filter – our hot pre-monsoon skies tend to just get a brown-grey dull colour and that’s when I use the filter the most.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 3 years ago

    Great image Vikram! I can’t believe that many people fit in there!

  • Thanks Shelly! Oh – it’s a lot larger than it looks – perhaps as much as 9-10 ft across.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • bushpoet
    bushpoetover 3 years ago

    Amazing depth and detail here Vik, love the vertical comp and that tobacco grad (??) is working a treat, nice one my friend! :)

  • Thank you so much my friend.
    I have you to thank you for switching me onto vertical comps.
    And yes, I’m still a little addicted to the tobacco filter – used it rather a lot here as the sky was pretty boring (the sky behind me here was just plain white).

    – Vikram Franklin

  • bushpoet
    bushpoetover 3 years ago

    Oh incidently wouldn’t recommend using coracles to fish in Northern Aus, our crocs are a little bigger!!! ;)

  • LOL – there are bigger Magars (the Indian croc) further down the river. I first thought it was because the fish here wouldn’t have been large enough – but I saw pics of 120 lb fish being caught here – so obviously not the case.
    Just glad that these were the little guys.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    A wonderful shot Vikram

  • Thank you so much Irene!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 3 years ago

    Intriguing! I had never seen or heard of these things before. Are they used for transport or just leisure? they must be a nightmare to try and steer on a straight line! Great shot by the way!

  • Thanks George!
    Used by fishermen throughout the region for fishing on lakes/rivers (usually never with the central metal seating)
    I’ve got a couple of shots of these elsewhere:
    Here and Here
    And yes, the one time I got into one, I just went round and round and round … :-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlover 3 years ago

    They look more like mushroom caps upside down. Interesting!

  • LOl – I guess with the white cap, they definitely do! Thanks Monika!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 3 years ago

    Magnificent capture and extremely interesting info

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 3 years ago

    great capture and title!!! georgie

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