An Intha fisherman rows his dugout fishing boat across Inle Lake, Burma in the golden light of sunset.

Intha fishermen have a peculiar one-legged rowing style that to my eyes appears ponderous yet it is very efficient when done by these experts.

People living on Inle Lake have created stilt villages above the waters where local transportation is via dugout boats. In addition to fishing, ingenious floating gardens anchored by bamboo poles surround the tiny watery villages. In my eyes, these gardens were veritable works of art.

The fish trap used by this fisherman—-it is sitting on the boat to the right of the figure—-is placed on the shallow bottom of Inle Lake in order to trap fish. Then the fisherman uses a forked tool to impale any fish unlucky enough to be trapped in the bamboo fish trap.

Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar), SE Asia

March 5, 2010

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm lens, manual exposure, shutter 1/1250, f/9.0, ISO 400, focal length 100mm.

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  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful colours and silhouette

  • Thank you very much, Peter. This was a special moment. I took over 500 images of this fisherman and his companion while using 2 separate cameras. Phew! It’s been difficult to determine which ones I like best.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JackieSmith
    JackieSmithalmost 5 years ago

    Very interesting boat and rowing technique and a gorgeous capture!

  • Jackie, than you! The rowing truly appears to be very difficult yet these fishermen buzz all over the lake. I wonder how that style of rowing evolved as it’s so different from conventional manners of propelling a boat.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Gary, thank you very much. The images from that sunset are some of my current favorites from my journey.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensalmost 5 years ago

    If you want to make your life a little easier, don’t that that much shots of one subject. :)
    Choosing can drive you crazy. ;)

  • Happily going crazy, Peter, with so many images to drive me batty. :-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonalmost 5 years ago

    Superb image :)

  • Thank you very much, Mark!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 5 years ago

    Marvelous silhuette, great work!

  • Thank you, Konstantinos! This image brings back happy memories to me.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • walraji
    walrajialmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work.

  • Thank you, walraji! Glad you enjoyed this photo.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lea Valley Photographic
    Lea Valley Pho...almost 5 years ago

    What a stunning image… I hate you so much… LOL ….. :)

  • Richard, thank you. Lately silhouettes have been appealing to me more and more so my portfolio is getting a bit top heavy with them as of late.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 5 years ago

    Great image

  • Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed this one.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    fab shot

  • Thank you so much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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