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Sharing my experiences of this beautiful world that we live in through photography. And some geeky tech photo stuff.

Portrait of a Camel Driver, Rajasthan, India

January 12, 2014  -  Men, People

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Great That Desert, Rajasthan, India

A camel driver that I photographed in the Great Thar Desert in western Rajasthan, India. The desert is a great place to spend the night sleeping under the stars. Absolutely quiet except for nature and as many stars as you wish to see.

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The Pot Maker of Chandelao, Rajasthan

January 2, 2014  -  Cities, Towns & Villages, Men

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room - enough to light up the potter and his work behind him.

The Potter.

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room – enough to light up the potter and his beautiful work behind him. The room was extremely tidy for a workshop and the finished pots meticulously arranged, each made so beautifully. This was photographed about a 45 minutes drive away from the town of Chandelao. It’s not even a village but a few houses out in the desert where this potter and his family lived. Chandelao is a village 90 minutes east of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

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How to Photograph a Monk on the street

December 24, 2013  -  Monks & Priests, People, Photography Tips

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This photo was taken a few years ago. I was walking along one of the smaller streets in Jaipur in Rajasthan (India) to get away from the hectic traffic when I noticed this sadhu sitting on the side of the street. As soon as I saw him I knew I had to photograph him.

I don’t want to be judgmental but as I got closer to him I got the feeling that he was not really a sadhu (monk) but rather someone who dressed up as one in order to receive alms or have photographers like me take photos of him.

Most of the time I ask when I photograph people. So, I went up to him and asked if I could take a portrait of him. Sure enough he very readily obliged but said I needed to leave a donation. Fair enough. He needs to earn a living and I want his photo. A fair trade. I was not there to find out if he was a really sadhu or not. Just wanted his photo. So, since I was paying for this opportunity I got him to pose up against a wall, adjusted my camera to the right settings then took this photo.

Photo Tips:
Here’s a photography tip on photographing a monk on the street. If you are traveling and come across such an opportunity don’t let it go. What little money he asked for was nothing in comparison to the photo that I have enjoyed looking at many times. Most people get offended when the subject requests money. I personally think it is a fair trade. I asked them they did not ask me.

Also, since you are paying for the photo, take your time to get your camera settings right, right angle, lighting etc so that you get the shot that you want.

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Gorgeous Architecture in India

June 24, 2013  -  Architecture

India boasts some truly spectacular architecture that date back well over a thousand years. It’s always humbling to stand in front of these buildings and to imagine the amount of dedication, labor and perseverance that it took to build and complete such magnificent structures. I decided to share them in black and white.

The image above is the Victoria Memorial, built by the British, and is located in the heart of Kolkata, India.

The Airateswara temple in Darasuram, Tamil Nadu state in south India is just shy of a thousand years old. One of the most beautiful buildings in southern India.

The Airateswara temple in Darasuram, Tamil Nadu state in south India is just shy of a thousand years old. One of the most beautiful buildings in southern India.

The view of the central courtyard of Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. New Delhi.

The view of the central courtyard of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, photographed from the top of one of the towers. New Delhi.

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.

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Traditions are alive in Rajasthan

June 23, 2013  -  Women

One of the things I love about the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India is that many of the men and women still wear their traditional dresses. It’s so nice to see people who are proud of their heritage. Here’s a photo that I took a few years ago in a little village outside the town of Pushkar.

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Joyous Children of Rajasthan

June 22, 2013  -  Children

Yesterday we featured a few children that were giving me the “watcha looking at?” stare. So, today I thought I’d share some photos that I captured of children that were smiling or laughing. Children in India have amazing smiles and seem truly carefree. And they love to be photographed.

Photographed in a little village called Pipar located about 90 minutes or so northeast of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Photographed in a little village called Pipar located about 90 minutes or so northeast of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Photographed in the town of Nagaur located 2 hours north of Jodhpur.

Photographed in the town of Nagaur located 2 hours north of Jodhpur.

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