So here I am, after a wonderful and a very successful trip to Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. Since I’m not gonna share the exact location to protect them from the public I would mention just the area , Ruwanwella. It’s obviously not my first visit, but with a camera this is my first visit. So the Sony A7RII, Sony A7II with Zeiss 16-35 F4, 24-70 F4 with me in my back pack. Also Nisi filters and the must have thing, A tripod.
The trips was planned 3 ago to the date and as always weather was perfect as we predicted. So even when Colombo is effected with heavy rain, Ruwanwella had no much rain, but few rain drop as it’s in the wet zone. so this is how I prepare and got the best out of the trip.
So as I’m always saying it’s always better to have an idea about the place we’re going so we had contacted few people around to get proper info and we found a person to guide us through the Jungle. so woke up at 3.0o and and driven all the way and had a small breakfast on the way.
So after choosing the place we’re all set to go. As mentioned it’s a jungle. so here is the first we met. a Kankunda (Giant Millipede )
Kankunda is an innocent one, no harm to Humans. Then we start walking in to the jungle and the first place which caught my eyes is an absolutely a wonderful place.
That’s my first photo 1.6 Sec/ F18/ ISO 160 with Nisi Polaroid & GND Filter on 150 mm filter system. I bought this filter set for my previous nikon 14-24 Ultra wide lens but since I lost it I got a Converter to use it on my Zeiss 16-35mm (72mm) Lens. you can find the full album here
I was not alone, we were 4 including me. Thejan, Darshana & Buddhika was with me and we ensure that we will have different perspectives when shooting the same place. so when you go through their profile you won’t see same shots from us.
It wasn’t a heavy rain, anyway It was fine when I was shooting seascapes all the time. so these drops never gonna do any harm.so the best part is just begin.
I kept my feet on a snake and it jumped out. it is a ” polon thelissa (hump-nosed viper) ” and the scientific name is “Hypnale hypnale” . as per my knowledge it’s not that harmful to us if bite. but always try to ignore then when you met these kind of animal in the jungle as it is their place not ours.
also there is something we should remember when travel, try to find different spots not the same shot as everyone does. just look around you, and below there will be always something unique. this is what I found when I look around.
1. Sony A7RII + Zeiss 16-35 mm
2. Sony A7II + Zeiss 24-70 mm
3. Filter Holder + 2 Filters
4. Extra Batteries + Battery Pack
and here is something I forgot to mention. The leeches. so far it wasn’t a big issue for me, just take a peace of lemon with you.
so when they hang in legs just keep that lemon peace on leech, it will fall down. also if you don’t want to face these issues just wear a long trouser with boots. but end of the day it’s fun though! have have something to talk. 😉
I must mention that, we had something to laugh after the trip as we ran out of money after the lunch and all of our pockets are empty. these kind of memories can’t buy for money.
so we were back home after 6-7 hours and never stay for the sunset, but next time for sure. If you’re interesting to join with me for coming photo walks contact me and don’t forget to subscribe below.