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October 6, 2005

Garlic and Potatoes

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTamron 28mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/100s / f/5.6
ISO100

The focus is a little soft on this one, but I don't think it detracts from the photograph too badly. I personally like how the light falls on the stall-keeper's bowl.

 

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October 5, 2005

Sacks of Spices

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTamron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/100 / f/5
ISO100

There is nothing as attractive nor "rustic" look as big piles of food items.. I loved the way the light was falling on these sacks of spices and tried to capture it the best I could.

I recall trying a few shots here to try and get the proper depth of field and also to set the metering such that the background wouldn't overexpose.

 

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October 4, 2005

Curious Participants

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/50s / f/5.6
ISO100

The older man to the left stopped me to ask if I would take a picture of the young boy who is the subject of this photograph. He wanted me to show him what he looked like on the digital back of the camera. Next time, I will have to plan on bringing a polaroid with me. I wish I could give something to people besides an experience with an alien.

This image has been perspective and distortion corrected to square up facial features.

 

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October 3, 2005

Karnataka - Prayer Accoutrement Vendor

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/50s / f/5.6
ISO100

I was like the Pied Piper in this little hamlet. Wherever I went I had a flock of children following me around all trying to point out what I should take a photograph of next. I would snap and then everybody would make a clammer until I would show them the back of the camera, "oooooooh!" they would say.

 

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September 30, 2005

Pariah Puppy Nap

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/5.6
ISO100

I have commented before on how living as a dog in India does not share the same connotation of having an easy life as it does in the West. It was an interesting sociological phenomenon in itself to watch most Indians either not pay these pups any mind or perhaps even go out of their way to avoid them as it was to watch the tourists fawn over them.

When I entered the Qutb Minar complex, all five these dogs were all suckling on their mother. When I was walking out of the complex they had broken off into groups and fallen asleep on one another, their bellies full for the time being. Everyone looked happy, except for the runt who appeared to be the sacrificial lamb to the fleas. He was so flea bitten and scabby, truthfully he didn't look like he was going to make it.

The dogs didn't even so much as twitch when I got near them. I squatted, found the eye focus and manually set the aperture up to f/5.6. I had learned from looking at some of my other photos that I was having a hard time placing the focus where I wanted with shallower values. Of course, later I found out that my camera was shipped out of calibration.

 

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September 29, 2005

An Archway, Tree, and Two Friends

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/60s / f/7.1
ISO100

If you have been a patient visitor to this site and have found yourself saying, "I swore this guy had some good stuff every now and again," I am really proud of the next few images. So, I am hoping if you've been patiently waiting by the sidelines you'll give me a tip of your hat and toss in a vote over at photoblogs.org.

It's been awfully quiet around here the past week and your feedback means a lot to me. Thank you for all of your support!

Strolling off by myself around the Qutb Minar Complex, I saw these two guys just enjoying the sunset under a tree. The lighting and framing were excellent. All I needed was the patience to wait for other people to move from the frame, set the aperture, and shoot.

It's a simple composition and a simple oft-repeated, almost cliché meaning: friendship is wonderful, isn't it?

 

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September 28, 2005

New Delhi - People around the Alai Minar

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/80s / f/9
ISO100

The 25.5 meter high unfinished base of the Alai Minar was started to rival the Qutb Minar before being abandoned for being too expensive, ambitious, and technically impossible.

It is a testament to failure. I love it.

 

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September 27, 2005

New Delhi - Iron Pillar and the Qutb Minar

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/1000s / f/9
ISO800

The Qutb Minar is really impressive in person. It is unfathomable how something that big (72.5 meters) and made of stone could be built in 1368 (and started in 1193!)

The Iron Pillar (at left) is also genuinely amazing. Manufactured and installed circa 4th century A.C.E. The pillar is constructed of such pure iron that it is visually completely rust free. The pillar has often been the source of much discussion amongst scientists.

 

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September 26, 2005

New Delhi - Colonnaded Walk Around Qutb Minar Complex

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/7.1
ISO100

The center of New Delhi really does have an odd colonial feel to it. On top of that, it is full of the hustle and bustle of Indian urban life. It was really nice to break out of that and check out the Qutb Minar complex right in town.

Park space is at a premium in urban India. Nice walks through world heritage architecture? That's priceless.

 

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September 23, 2005

Jaipur - In a Speeding Three Wheeler

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/3.2s / f/6.3
ISO3200

As we sped along back towards the hotel in our three wheeler I took about half a dozen shots to try and record the lights, sound, and vibration or the trip. This is one of my favorites. It really hits a lot of the essence of the experience.

A couple of months later into my trip in India, I found myself hooked on taking them everywhere. They were cheap, fast, and did well in traffic. Some tourists would steer clear of them for fear of their corporeal being or perhaps even being cheated by the driver. But, if it has a meter, a headlight, and a horn I say go for it!

This is another fine example of the Konica Minolta 7d's anti-shake system excelling at its job. When I experimented turning the system off at this moment using the same exposure values the man was nothing but a dark blur in the center of the frame. With the system enabled he is distinctly more a human shaped silhouette.

 

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