Category: Travel photography


A few more photos from a recent trip to India.

©Claire Epton 2012

©Claire Epton 2012

©Claire Epton 2012

©Claire Epton 2012

©Claire Epton 2012

©Claire Epton 2012

Today I visited the markets in South Bombay, including Chor Bazaar; one of the largest flea markets in India.  It was probably my favourite day of photographing so far as there were so many different things going on around me, and I didn’t have to photograph it from the inside of a fast moving car!  

Most of my photos seem to focus on the locals going about their daily business.  I didn’t realise my love of photographing people in such a way until I visited India, as my normal work is studio or sport related.  There was also time for a quick visit to Dhobi Ghat; India’s biggest human laundry, washing thousands of clothes daily!

People and their daily life…

Photos form Dhobi Ghat Laundry…

Everything else…


Today I went sight seeing in South Bombay; catching the boat across to Elephanta Island.  I caught the little rickety train round to the entrance, and began my ascent up the many many steps to the top, where the view was stunning.  The Caves were impressive and the locals charged us double when purchasing drinks!  There were hundreds of monkeys and dogs roaming around, and people asking for money when I took their photo.  But overall it was a great day!

Photos from Elephanta Island…

The Taj Hotel

The Gateway to India where we boarded a boat to Elephanta Island

The Gateway to India where we boarded a boat to Elephanta Island

The boat we took to Elephanta Island

The boat we took to Elephanta Island

 

Some of the locals…


So many souvenirs for sale, but all made in China!

The view from the top

She tried to charge me for taking her photo!

Inside of the Caves

Inside of the Caves

Inside of the Caves

A monkey stole someones lunch!

…and sat in the tree and ate it!

 

On the boat crossing back to the Gateway of India

A few more locals…

Cityscape

We visited Krishna Temple…

Musician outside of the Krishna Temple!

Musician outside of the Krishna Temple!

Making flower garlands

Making flower garlands

More photos from my trip to India.  Today was mostly street life and Sari shopping…

Family

Family

This seemed a popular way to travel

This seemed a popular way to travel

 

Many people owned bikes - it made travelling easier as they could weave in and out of all the traffic

Many people owned bikes – it made travelling easier as they could weave in and out of all the traffic

On the bus...

On the bus…

 

 

 

 

Street seller - Anyone for a My Little Pony?!

Street seller – Anyone for a “My Little Pony”?!

 

 

 

Baby!

Baby!

 

3 on a bike!!

3 on a bike!!

 

Not sure what this is but I liked the photo!!  Answers on a postcard....

 

My friend Sari shopping

My friend Sari shopping

 

Photos from day 4…

At work

At work

 

Guest speaker that came into Whistling Woods today

Guest speaker that came into Whistling Woods today

 

Filming for a TV series was taking place right outside the WWI Campus

Filming for a TV series was taking place right outside the WWI Campus

 

We saw this lady most nights.  Sad to see but she was always smiling!

We saw this lady most nights. Sad to see but she was always smiling!

 

Street seller

Street seller

 

Beggar on the streets of Mumbai, heart breaking to see.

Beggar on the streets of Mumbai, heart breaking to see.

More driving photos from my trip to India.  

I stayed with 2 amazing host families during my 3 week stay in India, and they took us out and showed us all the sights.  

Today I visited Marine Drive, which is also known as “The Queens necklace”.  It was so pretty all lit up at night, and was gutted I didn’t have a tripod with me.  I had to make-do with a wonky sloping wall to rest the camera on whilst I did some long exposures, and they didn’t turn out too bad.  Again the majority of the night time photos are taken using ISO 6400.

Photos from day 3…

The Queens Necklace at night

The Queens Necklace at night

The Queens Necklace at night

The Queens Necklace at night

Children in the road counting the change given to them by a passing car

Children in the road counting the change given to them by a passing car

Too tired to stay awake!

Too tired to stay awake!

Fed up...

Fed up…

Using a sloping wall as a tripod!

Using a sloping wall as a tripod!

On the way to Marine Drive

On the way to Marine Drive

Sunset through car window

Sunset through car window

Wedding reception

Wedding reception

Illuminated tree outside the Wedding Reception

Illuminated tree outside the Wedding Reception

Over-crowded bus, although this one is empty compared to others I've seen!!

Overcrowded bus, although this one is empty compared to others I’ve seen!!

The daylight photos are from the car journey to Whistling Woods International Film School in the morning, and the night photos are from the journey home, where an ISO of 6400 was used.  It was good to see how my camera performed in such conditions, and I’m fairly pleased with the results.

Day 2 photos are below…

My favourite photo taken today, although it was heartbreaking taking it.  We had stopped at traffic lights and this is taken through the window as she approached the car.

My favourite photo taken today, although it was heartbreaking taking it.  We had stopped at traffic lights and this was taken through the window as she approached the car.

Another favourite of mine taken today; this guy was stood in the middle of a busy road, trying to dodge the fast moving traffic.

Another favourite of mine taken today; this guy was stood in the middle of a busy road, trying to dodge the fast moving traffic.

It was heartbreaking seeing children begging for food

It was heartbreaking seeing children begging for food

Street life after dark…

Barbers shop

Barbers shop

Selling decorations for Diwali

Selling decorations for Diwali

Every shop and street was decorated for Diwali!

Every shop and street was decorated for Diwali!

Sari shop

Sari shop

Street seller

Street seller – they sold everything from flowers to feather dusters!

Shops stayed open late; most of them until midnight!

Shops stayed open late; most of them until midnight!

Some people were happy to pose when they saw the camera…

People use horns instead of indicators!

People use horns instead of indicators!

Auto Rickshaw fare meter

Auto Rickshaw fare meter – the price always went up when tourists got in!

Traffic signal - I liked the blue background!

Traffic signal – I liked the blue background!

I was amazed at how many people they could fit on a bike, and the oversized things they carried!!

I was amazed at how many people they could fit on a bike, and the oversized things they carried!!

Making Diwali flower garlands - cars and houses were decorated with these

Making Diwali flower garlands – cars and houses were decorated with these.

Diwali decorations

Diwali decorations

"Horn please"  Horns were constantly being honked!

“Horn please” Horns were constantly being honked!

Selling shoes

Selling shoes

We got excited every time we saw a monkey, however, it is quite normal for the locals to see monkey's hanging out in the trees!

We got excited every time we saw a monkey, however, it is quite normal for the locals to see monkey’s hanging out in the trees!

Travelling light??!!

Travelling light??!!

Selling flower garlands at the Toll Booth

Selling flower garlands at the Toll Booth

Bright coloured wagon

Bright coloured wagon – the majority of them were painted like this

I couldn't believe what they carried on their heads?!

I couldn’t believe what they carried on their heads?!

That is all for day 2, thoughts comments and feedback welcome and appreciated as always.  x

I have just returned home from a visit to Whistling Woods International Film School in Mumbai.

The photos below were taken during the car journey to Whistling Woods/Film City for the first day of lessons.

I didn’t end up taking that many photos, or should I say not that many turned out well enough as I was photographing from an erratically but expertly driven car at high speed, with the subject also moving, and to make things slightly more challenging the windows were tinted too; all the while trying to hold steady a large and heavy lens!!

I instantly became hooked though at all the sights and goings on around me, and driving around Mumbai became my favourite part of the 3 week trip!  I can’t remember a car journey where I didn’t have my camera out, and I got much better at taking photos in such conditions!

Photos from day 1 are below…

My favourite photo taken today.   "People" and "documentary" quickly became my preferred style of photography whilst in Mumbai

My favourite photo taken today.
“People” and “Documentary” quickly became my preferred style of photography whilst in Mumbai

Holding on to Dad!

Holding on to Dad!

This made me laugh!! There is no lane driving in Mumbai!!

Auto Rickshaw!  We were all desperate to travel in one of these!!

Auto Rickshaw! We were all desperate to travel in one of these!!

Hitchin' a ride!!  I was amazed at how many people in Mumbai travel this way

Hitchin’ a ride!! I was amazed at how many people in Mumbai travel this way

Every car has this or something similar on the dashboard!!

Every car has one of these, or something similar on the dashboard!!

Make up/wardrobeTrailers for the stars of shows filming at Film City

Make up/wardrobeTrailers for the stars of shows filming at Film City

I got well excited when I spotted this!!!

I got well excited when I spotted this!!  (Manchester United fan!!)

Part of Film City

Part of Film City

Film set that would be used when a Court room scene is required

Film set that would be used when a Court Room scene is required

Sightseeing in London

Photos below are from a recent trip to London.  

Thoughts comments and feedback always welcomed and appreciated.  Enjoy. x


English Houses of Parliament and Big Ben


London Underground


Nelson’s Column – supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


Nelson’s Column – supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


Guard outside Buckingham Palace


Changing of The Guard at Buckingham Palace


London 2012 Mascot Mandeville