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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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Lady with a Basket, Bali, Indonesia

January 3, 2014  -  Women

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

A morning scene at a market place in Ubud, Bali. This photo was taken in 2007. In a space of 7 years Ubud has changed from a picturesque Balinese village to a bustling tourist town with endless rows of shops selling the same thing. I missed the old Ubud during my recent visit there in September 2013.

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Indian Street Food, South India

December 27, 2013  -  Food

One of the highlights of going to India is certainly the food. Samosas are fried or baked pastry with a savory filling of often spiced potatoes, peas, onions and sometimes chicken or other meat. Here on Marina Beach in Chennai, South India, a food vendor creates a mound of mouth watering samosas. Check out this link for a samosa recipe.

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A lady decorates a mound of chick peas with what seems like coconut shreds and carrot gratings.

A lady decorates a mound of chick peas with what seems like coconut shreds and carrot gratings.

Hundreds of locals stroll the beach in the evening and these street carts provide an array of snacking options. With the wind blowing strongly on this beach that faces the Bay of Bengal I will not be surprised if some of these snacks have a topping of sand on them .

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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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