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)

Centuries Old Friendship

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A stream flows by the Jageshwar Temple as it has been for centuries maintaining company to the temple and quenching the thirst of countless pilgrims.
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.
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. While waiting at a tea shop I noticed the water level rise leading to these mini cascades.
When the rain stopped, I descended down to the stream and made multiple shots, some exposing for the flowing water and others  for the temple and the sky.
The above picture is a digitally blended (traditional name for HDR) composite using the technique explained in LuLa website.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 14mm, F/22, multiple, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Into the Fog

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A group of tourists head through the fog towards the island on Bhimtal Lake
October is generally sunny and pleasant in the Uttarakhand Hills. However, this year the rains have tapered into October and the fog is still rolling into the hills.
This picture is taken in Bhimtal, a picturesque lake nestled among dense jungles of Kumaon. Bhimtal is starting to become a popular destination away from the crowds of Nainital which has traditionally been more popular among the tourists.
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, 1/250s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)