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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Siesta

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An old man catches a nap next to a fire lit for making tea
At Jageshwar there are a cluster of temples mostly dedicated to Shiv. Located in a narrow valley near Almora, Uttarakhand, the temples date back to 9th century. The valley is covered with dense Deodar forests and is a pleasure to walk along. The road is mostly isolated with a few small shops until it reaches the cluster of temples. Then there is the usual visual cacophony of shops and people.
During the autumn of 2016,  I was riding out of Nainital and happened to cross the area. Few Km into the Jageshwar valley, I was caught by a sudden thunderstorm and took shelter in a tea shop. It was a cold afternoon and as my tea boiled, the shop owner caught a few winks.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 42mm, F/5.6, 1/40s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Unperturbed

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An old man sleeps peacefully amidst the chaos at  Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tiruchirapalli, India

Ranganathaswamy Temple is said to be the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. The place is perennially crowded with local devotees and tourists. Amidst the chaos, I found this old man sitting on the ground and catching a nap while leaning against a roller up mat.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/2.8, 1/20s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Lost

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A toy train operator looking lost at a local fair in Thanjavur, India

While on a visit to Thanjavur,  I happened to visit a small fair near the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple.

The unsophisticated rides brought memories of yesteryear. Somewhere in the middle of those was this man, operating the toy train. Amidst the din, he gazed into the unknown. Oblivious of the chaos, lost in thought he operated the machines by reflexes. Starting when the last child was seated and stopping when the kids became restless.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Equality

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Humans and Animals all enjoy equal status at God’s doors @Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

Another picture at Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur. While the temple itself is a sight to behold, the premises attract an audience of all kinds who are an experience to shoot. On the premises, man and animal are treated equal.

In this picture a devotee bows to god while a stray dog sleeps peacefully. Beside them a group of people carry on their conversation oblivious of the two.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 15mm, F/8, 1/500s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)