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The Fisherman's Lookout - Spotting the Fish
The Fisherman's Lookout - Spotting the Fish

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Challenge: Free Study 2016-08 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Date: Aug 29, 2016
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2016

First of all I have to clarify that this is not a "prepared" shot and hasn't been arranged in any way.
The guy up there was there for a reason and I was there to shoot a short film on the particular fishing technique they were using, that I'm going to explain.

I want to thank in advance anyone who will spend a bit of his time reading this.
I'm very fond of this place and fascinated by fishing traditions, so it's a pleasure for me to share them with other people, regardless of the challenge score and placement.


The "Trabucco" is an ancient fishing machine.

It was designed in Abruzzo, central Italy, with the name "Trabocco", in the eighteenth century.

It was then imported in Apulia, thanks to the continuos cultural exchange between the two adjacent regions.

This is one of the most famous "trabucchi" and it's located in Peschici (Apulia).

The trabucco lets the fishermen fish without sailing, exploiting certain orographic conditions of the italian coast.

Basically it is a kind of "stilt house"; has two big antennas, which serve the double purpose of stretching the net into the sea and letting the fishermen walk on them, to spot the fish school coming into the net.

The net, which is called "scale net", is lowered into the sea by one side only, while the other stays a bit lifted above the water.
A wooden fish is threw in the middle of the net, thanks to a rope and a pulley, and it serves as bait for the fish. As soon as a real fish is catched, it is tied up with the rope and replaces the wooden one.

When the fisherman on the antenna spots the fish school swimming past the drown side of the net, it screams "VIRA!" (which means "turn, rotate") and the other fishermen on the trabucco platform rush to the capstan and starts spinning it, raising the side of the net and so trapping the fish.

The net is then raised above the water and the fish is transferred to the platform using a long, wooden pole with a net attached at its end, operated by one fisherman while another one holds a rope to lift the pole after the fish has been caught.

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This is a quite fascinating kind of fishing, huh?

Thanks again for reading this, hope you enjoyed it.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2016 03:30:51 PM
Perfect capture with the son.
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09/05/2016 08:40:33 PM
Very special shot. At first I thought he was fixing electrical wires. The bird at the end is a nice touch.
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09/05/2016 03:42:53 PM
nice effect, with the sun
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09/01/2016 11:50:10 PM
Wonderful lines
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