Piousness in Red

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Group of pilgrims all dressed in red @Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

The Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur temple is a sight to behold and a marvel of ancient Indian architecture. The premises attract an audience of all kinds who are an experience to shoot. A majority of the visitors come as groups of pilgrims, temple hoping across the numerous temples in the area and typically dressed up in a particular way.

In this picture a group of ladies dresses in a red/yellow sari walk down the surrounding outer precincts of the temple.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 32mm, F/8, 1/200s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

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Drang Drung Glacier at Pensi-La

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Drang Drung Glacier flows east from Doda Peak to form the Stod River which eventually joins Zanskar River downstream.

Pensi La is the highest mountain pass between Kargil and Padum in Zanskar. It acts as a gateway to Zanskar.
Located around 25Km from Julidok village in Rangdum Valley, the terrain is barren and surroundings are beautiful. I did an impromptu stop of two days in the Julidok village. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.

The picture is taken from the top of the Pensi La, looking east towards the  Drang Drung Glacier.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 16mm, F/4, 1/1250s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Kebab Seller

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A Kebab seller at the Iftar Stalls on MM Road, Bangalore

Every year, Ramadan time presents a great opportunity to food lovers to indulge in some excellent non-vegetarian street food. There are street stalls in several parts of the city and one can choose from a pick of locations.
It is also a great opportunity to do some night street photography. This year I went to MM Road on Frazer town for my annual dose. For the photos I choose to focus on the people rather than the food.
I was photographing a young boy across the street when his soliciting cry caught my ears – “kebab, Kebab, Kebaaaaaaaaaaaaab….”. I turned around to see him across the street calling out to a group of college kids who had turned up for an evening of revelry.
His Afghani cap stood out amidst the other stall keepers.
This picture was taken a little later when I crossed over to his stall and sampled some of his kebab’s which were excellent.

Some more pictures from that evening at: People At Ramzan Iftar Street Food Stalls

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuico 45/1.8
Exposure: 45mm, F/2.0, 1/50s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Flowers Galore

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A meadow in Yumthang Valley covered with wild flowers amidst a row of fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.
Come spring and the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim becomes home to countless wild flowers adorning the valley with all hues of the spectrum. While the slopes of the valley are full of flowering trees and shrubs like Primula and Rhododendrons, it is the river side meadows which accentuate the beauty of the valley. The tiny wild flowers carpet the meadow weaving an intricate pattern of randomness.
As I was walking down the meadow towards the river, the flowers bordered by the prayer flags and a backdrop of smokey mountains presents a beautiful frame just waiting to be captured.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/8, 1/100s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Chasing the Sun

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Sun rises through the mist on one of the back-roads of Bangalore

I love riding out to the back-roads on winter mornings. The villages are just waking up, smell of the smoke is in the air and the sun is peeping though the mist. The stillness of the morning, the slow smoke that rises and then hangs in the air and the motion of the people just starting to go about their day’s business, all come together to create a slow rhythm to the morning which we city dwellers often yearn for.
The picture above is on the outskirts of Bangalore where I paused for a few minutes to enjoy such a morning.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 12.5mm, F/5.6, 1/640s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)