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July 6, 2005

Hoysala Temple VI - Girl II

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/3.2
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After I clicked the first picture, she smiled. I immediately snapped this second shot.

I hope she is doing alright, I hope she smiles like this often.

 

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Hoysala Temple VI - Girl II

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Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/3.2
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After I clicked the first picture, she smiled. I immediately snapped this second shot.

I hope she is doing alright, I hope she smiles like this often.

 

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July 5, 2005

Hoysala Temple VI - Girl

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/3.2
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A continuation from yesterday.

I don't know her name, but I know the Rs. 10 made her happy. She was bright, knew a few English nouns and verbs; perhaps from tourists or from other villagers. The lines in her face tell a sad story.

I learned how to count to ten Hindi, I would count to three when I was about to take a picture. I only got to two when took this shot because I didn't want her to change her expression.

 

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July 4, 2005

Hoysala Temple V - A Boy and His Crab

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/200s / f/2.8
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Sixty shots into the photoblog, two weeks already spent in India and I haven't mentioned the children yet...

Children are one of my favorite parts about traveling. It seems that no matter what culture you enter the people you encounter that hold the least suspicion and the greatest willingness to share are the kids. They have the spark of life. Poverty has an especially cruel means of extinguishing this spark.

All too often in India I would encounter wanton children, sometimes purposefully disfigured for their task, forced to beg at the hands of a beggar master. Life indeed can unfold like a Rohinton Mistry novel and having read no amount of sad literature can prepare you for the savagery that can lay out in the open.

Perhaps the worst case I encountered were two teen aged children in a parking lot in Agra. Their backs, shoulders, and hip joints had been strategically broken and fused so they were forced to crawl in an eerie crab-like movement. Who could do such a thing to another person? Do they do so out of hunger themselves or for cruelty sake?

I will admit to posting this picture more for the text than for aesthetics's sake. This little guy really had a way of pulling at my heart strings.

On the way into the temple complex I was hounded by a flock of begging children. Outside the gate of the temple, they sat and waited for their pale prey like cats in the bushes stalking two fat mice. I hate giving out money, food is a different matter but I found myself without, so I had made up my mind to resist even making eye contact when I left.

It was this little guy that stopped me in my tracks. He had in his hand a little crab and he paused and squatted to show me. Then his sister intruded, "rupee? Sir? Rupee?"

The photographic urge buzzed in my head. I replied, "photo, rupee. Photo, rupee?"

"Acha."

I knew I didn't have a lot of time so I set the camera for aperture priority at f/2.8 and snapped away. I wish now that I had got a little more depth of field but I wasn't sure how long he would sit their with that little crab in his hand.

After I took their pictures I gave them each Rs. 10 which made their eyes grow as large as dinner plates. You should have seen the flood of children come after me then! So much for not handing out money...I can only hope that it went towards something good.

 

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July 3, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture10s / f/22
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Friday was a great, great day. There was cooking, there was photography, and there were even fireworks.

Aimee even humored me and drew funny shapes with sparklers while I took pictures. The technique, I discovered, isn't that difficult. All one needs to do is set the shutter speed to expose the background properly with a small aperture, light incendiary, and have fun!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

 

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July 2, 2005

Alien Mom Attacks!

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LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/13s / f/6.3
ISO3200

My mother and I own and operate a small, plush toy company called Soft Toy Concepts. Our lead product is a soft, plush infant puppet doll named Blanky Soft Baby. Although making toys are fun, it is a lot of work and often we put in extra hours.

I took this picture earlier this week on the same evening I returned from a business trip for my primary employer from San Francisco. We had to critique and generate a list of product corrections for one of our designs and send them off to our manufacturer. This process can be tedious and often my mother and I get a little batty.

This was the result.

 

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July 1, 2005

Hoysala Temple IV - Temple Interior, Ceiling

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/8s / f/3.5
ISO3200

This was the only picture that I took of the interior that showed any clue as to how the interior was embellished in times of old. Here you can see on this ornamental ceiling pineapple traces of red pigment or paint. I am sure that if this place was blazing with candles it would have been even more spectacular to see.

The magic capture value for the temple interior seemed to be about 1/8s f/3.5. Any more shutter time than that and the shots became far too soft. I think it was because I was shooting on so wide a lens that the anti-shake system in the Minolta was working so well.

 

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June 30, 2005

Hoysala Temple III - Temple Interior

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/8s / f/3.5
ISO3200

Here is a picture facing inwards from the temple entrance. It is extremely dark inside, the only light being provided by the entryway and tiny little square portholes that have been carved into the side.

The interior of the temple is shaped like a "T" with statues of deities being placed at the tip of the "T"—behind the bars at the far end of this shot—and also at the tip of each side of the bar. I tried to get pictures of these, but they were far too dark to shoot hand held.

I was incredibly impressed with how well the camera operated, hand held at 1/8s for this shot!

 

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June 29, 2005

Hoysala Temple II - Kama Sutra Carving Detail

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LensTameron 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 28mm
Shutter / Aperture1/40s / f/3.5
ISO100

One portion of the temple exterior is devoted to carvings of the kama sutra. Our temple guide explained this as pictoral sexual education for the illiterate commoner. The illiterate commoner was probably better informed of bedroom gymnastics than your average American.

I had a hard time trying to make this shot look interesting. The lack of contrast in the carvings was giving me a lot trouble. In the end, I settled for this rather cheesy shot with a shallow depth of field. This shot doesn't show a lot of the variety in the carvings, but I like it as cheesy as it is.

 

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June 28, 2005

Hoysala Temple I

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Shutter / Aperture1/200s / f/8
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The Hoysala temple is hundreds of years old and is carved completely out of soapstone. This was bar far one of the most impressive things I had seen in India.

 

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