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Trip to India – South Bombay

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…


Trip to India – Elephanta Island

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

Trip to India – Saturday 10th November 2012

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

 

Trip to India – Friday 9th November 2012

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.

Trip to India – Thursday 8th November 2012

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!!

Trip to India – Wednesday 7th November 2012

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

Trip to India – Tuesday 6th November 2012

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