Japan, Photography
Comment 1

Ukai – Cormorant Fishing

In a similar way to Okinawan Bull Wrestling, fishing with cormorants is something that I have mixed feelings about. Is it a happy symbiotic relationship between man and bird , or simply exploitation?

Taking photos was tricky, not using a flash meant that I had to use Provia 400 for the dusk shots of the fishermen and then Provia 400 pushed to 1600 once it was dark. As I had expected most of the shots were junk (slow shutter speeds and difficult to focus), but there were a few images that worked well and captured the overall feel of my night on the river.

Ukai fishermen attach a harness to the cormorant

Ukai fishermen attach a harness to the cormorant

Lantern on ukai boat

Lantern on ukai boat

Ukai fisherman, Arashiyama, Kyoto

Ukai fisherman, Arashiyama, Kyoto

Ukai fishing, Arashiyama, Kyoto

Ukai fishing, Arashiyama, Kyoto

1 Comment

  1. Very nice photographs.

    I especially like the photo of the fisherman. I think it really captures some of the emotion and personality of your subject.

    I saw Ukai in Uji and loved it. I’m doing some posts on it now and came across your web-page.

    Thanks for the post. Its obvious you know your way around a camera!

    Matt

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s