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September 22, 2005

Jaipur - In a Stopped Three Wheeler

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/10s / f/3.5
ISO3200

Sorry for the late post today. It's getting busy again with school back in session!

After an afternoon of roaming around the markets in Jaipur we decided to take a three-wheeler back to the hotel. Our prerequisite: have a working headlight. When the driver pulled up, he wreaked of pot like a granola dorm room. That didn't matter, our headlight prerequisite had been met. As I got in the three-wheeler I asked, "ganja?" and the driver cackled wildly as he stepped on it...

 

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September 21, 2005

Jaipur - Ghosts in the Palace Courtyard

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture2.5s / f/4
ISO (EV Adj.)100 (+0.7)

Here is a long exposure of the courtyard of the palace at night. Some people were walking across the frame as I was taking it.

I must have forgot to convert this image to sRGB before I posted it because the colors look desaturated and the contrast is way off. I will repost it later this evening.

 

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September 20, 2005

04 India - Jaipur - Rambagh Palace Corridor

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/30s / f/3.5
ISO (Adj.) / Metering1600 (+0.7 EV) / Spot

This was one of the many marble lined corridors of the palace. The acoustics of the place were very interesting. It was hard and cold yet visually interesting.

How could somebody ever dream to call this place home? I like my home to be full of softness and warmth; a sheltered spot to have a sit and invite people into.

 

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September 19, 2005

Jaipur - My Bedroom at the Rambagh Palace

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/20s / f/3.5
ISO1600

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I thought the Rambagh Palace was just about the nicest places one could stay in the world. Although not incredibly interesting photography; people who are interested in travel might find these photos valuable.

Our staying at the Rambagh was planned last-minute. I had no idea what to expect of our accommodations until after we arrived. It was such a peculiar feeling to stay in such over-the-top extravagance when you knew there were legions of unfed people right outside the palace wall. I had never lived inside of a functional wall before. This was the sadness outside.

Everywhere it was clear this suite was designed for two: two robes, two pairs of slippers, two glasses. A four poster bed. It was lonely. This was the sadness within.

Photographically speaking, I was thankful for having the technical means to record where I was staying. All I had to do was crank up the ISO to push the shutter rate to something > 1/15 so the anti-shake system would reliably give me good, crisp exposures. I was also very glad I took along my 15mm fish eye.

This shot is not perspective corrected; but I didn't think it looked too lousy for coming straight out of the camera.

 

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September 16, 2005

Jaipur - Me Wranglin' People in Front of Man Sagar

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Camera / AuthorCanon PowerShot S50 / Jim
LensCanon Built-In 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9 @ 105mm
Shutter / Aperture1/500s / f/4.9
ISO100

When we pulled over the car to take a photo of the building from the shore of the lake, we were instantly inundated by a half-dozen beggar women with babies (theirs?) and three adolescent children. Our agenda was very clear: they wanted money and I wanted a picture of the fortress.

Jim popped in for a quick photo of the building and then dashed off to the relative quiet and safety of the truck. I wanted a more controlled shot of the Jal Mahal, but I found it impossible to take with people tugging and jumping in front of the lens. I needed to make a deal. I needed to bargain for order.

Communicating that I would trade money for photographs, I separated the people into two groups: adolescents and ladies with babies. I then took three shots: the one you saw yesteday, the one of the building from the day before, and finally the ladies with babies. While this was all happening, Jim found it rather funny and documented this rather unflattering photograph of me lining up to take the first shot (thanks Jim!)

In the sphere of travel photography, this is probably just about as opposite as you can be to the style of someone like Raul Gutierrez of Mexican Pictures wherein you introduce yourself, make yourself and others comfortable and forget the camera, and take a shot before leaving. If I had seen the body of his work before traveling, I would have approached things much differently.

Is this possible to do with people who only want money or food from you? Probably. I'll hold the belief it's possible to connect on a human level with anybody given enough time and patience. Hopefully, the transformation will manifest into an ultimate change of my photography. Hopefully it will not stop there.

 

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September 15, 2005

Jaipur - Three Girls in Front of Man Sagar

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 50mm
Shutter / Aperture1/1250s / f/2.8
ISO100

These girls (sisters?) had a funny sense of humor. I think they thought it was funny that I made light of their pestering me for money and instead ordered them rather comically (but sternly) into position for taking their picture in front of the Jal Mahal.

There will definitely be more about this tomorrow.

 

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September 14, 2005

Jaipur - Jal Mahal

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 35mm
Shutter / Aperture1/250s / f/6.3
ISO100

In my oppinion, the Jal Mahal is one of the more spectacular sites you can see in Rajasthan if not all of India if you are lucky enough to be there when the lake is flooded. Built by Sawai Jai Singh I, is it is set at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake which I am told is usually dry.

It was built as a water fowl hunting palace for the Maharajah in the mid 18th century. There are no tours to the building, but I have hear rumors of it being turned into a fancy hotel of tourists.

 

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September 13, 2005

Jaipur - Nahargarh Fort Painted Walls and Ceiling

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LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/15s / f/5.6
ISO1600

Constructed I believe towards the beginning of the 19th century, many of the paintings and adornments within the apartments of this fortress still look fresh.

 

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September 12, 2005

Jaipur - Nahargarh Fort Courtyard

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/200s / f/7.1
ISO100

This is a photograph of the courtyard at Nahargarh Fortress in Jaipur. Around the courtyard are the doorways to all of the apartments kept by the wives of the Maharajah.

 

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September 11, 2005

Opus Two - Drainage Pit

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 24mm f/2.8
Shutter / Aperture1/125s / f/9
ISO100

This is a continuation of the computer color-corrected E-6 crossed-processed shot from yesterday. This is a wide angle view of the drainage pit filled with an exquisitely green river of muck.

I like the school textbook-esq reduction of the color gamut from the cross processing. Not a fabulously interesting shot, but I had fun taking it!

 

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