Travel - Northern India

December 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

NIK_6807 Many of the photos in the Travel and Candid Portraits galleries were taken during a 3 week trip in northern India.  We spent a few days in a tiger reserve, and visited several of the major cities, from Varanasi in the east to Jodhpur in the west, starting and finishing in Delhi.

I couldn't believe the diversity in faces throughout the north of India.  People were interested to see their images if they knew I was shooting, and I wished I had a second camera to catch their delight when they saw detailed pictures of themselves on the 3 inch screen.  I wish my camera would shoot both ways, like my iPad.

The scenery was outstanding, as were the cities and towns, but by far the most interesting to my camera were the faces.  I used, almost exclusively, the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 FX, normally set at 5.6 to ensure I had lots of shutter speed, because I was working hand held, with VR in the Active mode.  In closer quarters on foot I switched to the 2,8 60mm macro, which is compact, light and very sharp.  

I found People in India to be very receptive to being photographed, to the point that when I shot a group of 20 workers manually lifting a 1,200 lb stone up a long staircase and applauded them on their success, they all wanted to be photographed.

Many of my photographs in India were taken from a moving van or bus - compelling scenes and faces just kept appearing - with the result they were taken hand held through glass, as in the example here of the mother and children.  The orange patch upper left is the softened reflection of a seat-back.  I use it as a compositional element, but let's keep that as our guilty secret.  ( ;-) 

 

 

 


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