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Walking the Streets

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You just never know what you can come across while taking a walk on the streets, and I guess that is what makes street photography so interesting. The trick to being successful with street photography is to carry with you a camera that is not too obtrusive or conspicuous. People are generally more relaxed and at ease when they see you with a small camera..they do’nt mind your being there. Just remember to be respectful and polite.

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And quite often they are even happy to pose for you…..just talk to them, ask for their permission to take their picture, and you walk away as happy and satisfied as they are.

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Keep looking around for things of interest, and you will find them. Very often we pass people or things that we take for granted……spend a moment to observe, take the scene in, and make your picture.  These guys were having a hard day at work, and just continued doing what they were doing…

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And then at times we get a bit lucky, and are rewarded with things that are not too commonly seen on the street; – like this father taking his children for a ride on the elephant.

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Beat of the Drums

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Festivals in India take on a different dimension. There are lots of preparations that take place prior to the event, people and the entire community as a whole sets aside time for their participation in the festivals. Added to that is the fact that the events that take place happen in the open public areas, so everyone has access to it. In some areas (like the one pictured above), there was not enough open place for the celebration to take place, so it happened on the main road.

Traffic was diverted, the road was cordoned off, and the drummers and elephant, marched through the street. The drummers seemed to have endless amounts of energy, the beats kept rolling out in great rhythm, they kept swaying to the beat, much to the excitement of the crowd surrounding them. All in all a very festive and happy mood for everyone.

The drummers as well as the organizers of the festival were very receptive to the fact that we were taking pictures, however, being able to get good pictures was a bit of a challenge. It was late evening, almost sunset time, light was low…the drummers kept walking forward, swaying to the beat, and drumming, the crowds surrounding them were anxious to get the best view, so not too receptive to the photo making, there were people constantly walking in front of the drummers, and the road was not wide enough to accommodate all the activity happening on it. With a lot of moving around, coaxing of the viewers, making many apologies, we were able to get some good pictures of the event. Lesson learnt, talk to people, explain what you are trying to do, show them the images you are making, and they will help and accommodate you.

The Ferry Crossing

The CrossingCrossing a river or a small bay by boat/ferry in India is something that we always look forward to because it involves a lot of factors. Firstly, you have to wait in line with several other passengers, all dressed in brightly coloured clothes, carrying different kinds of packages and bags. Then there are the boats themselves which are crammed to capacity.  Needless to say, once the boat arrives at the jetty it is total pandemonium…there are passengers trying to disembark, while the others attempt to board. A lot of shouting, noise and confusion takes place in these 3-4 minutes, and then suddenly you find yourself in the ferry, sailing smoothly across the calm bay to the opposite shore.

Its at times like this that you envy the luckier ones who have their own colourful rowing boats to take them across. No chaos for them.

Overall, its an experience not to be missed, and it helps if you have a camera, because there is a lot of colour and the crossing itself presents many instances for photography.

 

 

Rowing for Glory

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Very often while making pictures we are undecided as to whether we should use a wider angle and capture all of the action at the same time, or if we should chose one subject and zoom in close to get maximum detail out of it. A difficult choice to make, but we don’t generally get a second chance especially with the action shots, so plan in advance what you would like to focus on before you take the shot.

This was taken at the Dragon boat Festival held at the Festival City in Dubai earlier this year. It was a warm day, but not very bright; slightly hazy, and very humid. Taking pictures was a little challenging, because the sweat kept pouring down our faces, and burning our eyes. The atmosphere though was great. There were many teams participating, and they all had their own set of supporters to cheer them on. Good music added to the fun.

As the day wore on, and the better teams prevailed, it was easy to see how the determination and teamwork came together to help them achieve their success. I found this picture interesting because in spite of all the noise and confusion around them, this set of athletes had only one goal in mind….to row their way to glory! To me it tells a story, remain focused, look ahead, work hard, and you will achieve your goal.

If your pictures are able to tell a tell a story, they capture the imagination of those who look at them, and create a thought process in the viewers mind. Look for situations where you are able to “tell a story” through your pictures; it will make you a better photographer.

 

Waiting for customers?

 

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You never know what you will see when you take a walk along the busy traditional market areas in Dubai! There are so many bargains to chose from and such a lot of variety,  that you can spend a whole day in this place. From brightly coloured clothes, to the latest and trendiest fashions; footwear of all kinds, silk scarves, traditional arabic costumes, elegant embroidered cushions to decorate your house with, colourful po’ofs to laze around on…you just have to think of it, and keep looking…you will find it in this market.

This place is a bustle of activity in the evenings and weekends. People from all walks of life come here to this market to look for the best bargains available. So, we  were rather surprised to see this shop relatively empty, and the salesperson outside it,  making it almost look like he was there waiting for some customers to come and visit his store.

To anyone planning a visit to this market, a few words of advice…go during the winter months, its a whole lot cooler and much more enjoyable. And remember to take a camera along, because like we mentioned earlier, you never know what you will come across.