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Street photography

Street Photography

The streets of Pilani are one of the most interesting I have walked on. It’s full of life; the morning tea, the evening hukka or the dusk time ritual of pooja. It’s been a long time now since I last stepped on to those familiar roads, but somehow going thourgh my backup made me want to share some tips and experiences on street photographny.

  • Get down and dirty.
    The most important thing; this is about the street and not the sidewalk. Don’t be afraid to sit down on a tea-stall with the locals and talk on the politics.
  • Know when to draw the line.
    However, bold you must play, know your limits. You MUST realize when the person in front of you is feeling uncomfortable. When in such situations, here’s what I do:
    Look at my previous snaps, smile at everyone around me, and give the person in front of me time to get used to me.
  • “Jaisa desh Waisa Bhesh”
    Try being that perfect chameleon. I know this might sound funny but it makes a lot of difference. As I realized @ Dharamshala that walking around in a shawl and fur caps give you better results than Woodland shoes and a pair of jeans.
  • Shutter – Aperture – ISO and all that jazz.
    The first thing I do before I start pounding the pavement is to set my camera to Aperture Priority mode and adjust my exposure (EV) for the available light. I generally choose a wide aperture such as f4 or f5.6 and try to keep my shutter speed at 1/125 or higher. Having a slightly faster shutter speed helps reduce camera shake (since I shoot most of my images hand held) and it helps freeze the portrait.
  • What rules?
    The coolest thing; there ARE NO rules. Just you and your good old instincts.


  • What to do with a point-and-Shoot camera?
    There’s usually some shutter lag in these, and pictures become very grainy in low light conditions. So, clicking during the day is a better option. If you do decide to move out at dawn/dusk; try using the slow-synchro flash. This is less harsh than the normal Fill flash and helps to retain the depth with visible backgrounds/DOF. These options are there in all cameras and consult your Camera Manual for more details.

    So go out and capture the magic, all those moments.

    All the stories. Just waiting. For you.



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Jaisalmer puppets

Jaisalmer puppets

Any visit to Jaisalmer is not complete without allowing yourself to get lost in the cobbled streets of the main fort or the narrow pre-independence ‘gallis’ in the main bazaar. Taking a left turn from the gate entrance gives you the first sight of the bazaar and the ‘Governemnt authorized‘ Bhang (processed Marijuana diluted and served with milk or juice) shop.

The dingy German Bakery opposite to it is not a very good option for a stop. A right turn from there takes us in to the heart of the local business community. The shops can range from barbers to spices to traditional shoes. The thing which really fascinates the outsider are the elaborate wall paintings and colours. The people of the Golden city are famous for painting walls for weddings, holidays or just good crops. The horde of advertisements just blend in to the religious symbols all over the city walls.

Wall writing Jaisalmer

All in all, not a very good planned city; but it’s this chaos which gives the beautiful rhythm to the place. For some moments there you tend to forget that outside these walls there’s the endless desert waiting for you.

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