367. Chottu and his Catch
Photo By: Shutterbug
Posted Date: 19th May 2009
A local boy showing a bucket with some fish which he along with his brother (behind) were able to catch using fishhooks at Ghadiharwa Pokhari of Birgunj. As temperature scores up to 40 degree and above, these local boys try to beat the heat by fishing in pond the whole day.
This pond is popularly known as Ghadiarba Pokhari Udyan, with a walkway leading to a temple of Suryadev (Sun God) in the middle. It is one of the main tourist’s attraction of Birgunj and has beautiful musical fountain, boat-ride, green belt, walkway etc. Some local people also call this pond a love garden.
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Very nice to have all these good comments from YOU ‘avid commentators’. Thank you all for commenting and sharing your interesting views. Here is my ‘point of view’.
Obviously high perspective was intended so that I can show Chottu’s proud catch. ‘The harvest’ like Mabi ji, has mentioned. I am aware of this fact that high perspective makes ‘subject’ looks dominated (humiliated) and ‘we’ photographers have to be very careful in choosing this perspective to portray ‘subject’ which is linked with people’s sentiment. I think my intended choice for choosing this perspective is also clarified by the caption and description.
It is a portrait of ‘Chottu’ and this is why I have kept his eyes in good focus not the fishes or his brother behind, otherwise his catch and his brother would get more viewer’s attention. Chottu’s facial expression looks neutral which I guess is more close to his shy nature. Before I go for this high perspective I have talked to them for quite a while and even borrowed their fishing sticks which they have made themselves and tried fishing myself. I didn’t expect to include this playful brother with fishing stick behind while I was composing the frame, he just sneaked in with his playful peek and smile which I think became a boon and add up more interest to the picture supporting the photo text.
Yes Mabi ji ‘This Shutterbug can do better than this’ and your comment compels me do better. By the way, I rather believe in capturing good pictures by heart using my little brain than by using any sophisticated cameras. And please don’t consider this Shutterbug having lots of sophisticated cameras. I wonder what make you think that way.
I agree your views on post productions, which could be done to produce better effect and I also do it on pictures that are of use for my personal purposes (friends and family) but never on any picture as a photojournalist.
Dear Lenscape, I have visited the pond for once during my short stay there in Birgunj (first week of May 2009) so I didn’t get chance to have those detail information which you’ve asked for but certainly one has to pay some rupee as entrance fee. Both municipality and local club along with many organizations do maintain this public space and I feel it’s good. Many people go there in early morning to do some physical workouts for good health. Like jogging and yoga.
And yes, you are right it’s Ghadiharwa not Ghadiarwa. I have mistyped it. Thank you for pointing.
I think the “angulation” was like that because shutterbug tried to capture the harvest (the bucket with fish).
What I know is – one has to lower the camera to take shots of subjects like this to mitigate the effect of “DWARFISM”. But Shutterbug would not be able to expose the fishes if he does that. I agree with Dreamsky.
Surely, the focus area seemed to be a pinpointed one (spot metering), in the center of the camera or the camera automatically focused to the closest. The “softening” of the adjacent areas defeated the purpose of capturing “fishes”.
I feel the “catches” is the “point of interest” – the boy where he focused does not convey lots of message.
Shutterbug can do lot better than that.
Knowing the collection of sophesticated cameras that Sutterbug has, he could have taken a wider range than to rotate the camera in a awkward way.
He does not like post productions, but could have been used to produce better effect.
My two cents !
Yes DreamSky…for me also the angle perfectly make sense. And regarding the focus, I agree with the the comment of “Landscape”
Almost a bucketful of fish captured by these lil kids! Interesting 🙂
May be photographer chose this angle to bring out ‘his catch’ into the picture.
I agree with the comment above. We have seen your pictures before. This picture lack something, I think the very top angle was not the good choice. Personally I don’t like to shoot pictures of children from top angle, gives a kind of dominated looks.
Hope you’ll take my comment positively, Keep clicking and sharing. 🙂
The angle is not appealing for me (contrary to the comment above). Am saying this without any technical insight into the picture. Also for me, the boy behind is lacking focus (- it was clicked like this, or this just happened).
If some part of the pond was showing in the picture, it would have given more credibility to the description stated.
The pond seems to be big enough for boating, and we should be glad that despite poor rain, ponds are surviving in Nepal.
Entrance is free?? Who maintains it – Municipality?? What do you feel about the maintenance status – Excellent/Good/Poor??
By the way Ghadiharwa Pokhari OR Ghadiarba Pokhari. Pulling your leg as always for consistency in your write up.. plz don’t mind…Keep clicking and keep sharing..
Nice angle SB…it seems you are not in that height to capture the boys and the bucket inside the frame. Live view now available in DSLR really helps in these kind of situation…