People of southern India, Kerala Backwaters
Plod through the shallow waters of the Venice of India on a kettuvallum (Kerala houseboat- former grain barge) and you will see daily life from a water perspective.
Long before roads, these canals were the transport of choice for locals and still are today for many; why go overland with the Backwaters 900km network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets on your front step? Watch the palm fringed waterways with rice paddy backdrop where coir, jute and rice filled boats compete for space on the waterway. Everyday folks zigzag water traffic from houseboats and local industry just trying to get their daily shopping done.
See you on the waters.
For more on house-boating the Venice of India, Kerala Backwaters: http://heathersimondsphotography.com/2013/05/26/take-to-the-waters-alappuzha-kerala-india/
Turn The Lights Down India- Low Light Photography
Travel always involves low light. If you stay overnight (and isn’t that one specification of travel?) you will need your night vision on.
Dealing with the dark side transpires in narrow alleys, medieval cathedrals, evening cafes, artistic performances, night exploring, and, of course, street animals (human and other) take on a life of their own, so to speak. In India, daylight shifts early, compared to the northern hemisphere “big light” days of summer, so switch your mindset to the limits of the medium and have settings arranged before images are forever lost to the abyss of darkness. Low shutter speeds, ISO and grain compete with drama, contrast and new vision. Things just don’t look the same with shadows and darkness defining and framing. Emotions are exposed when the stark light is peeled away to slinking, dancing shadows that carve out dimension and tonal difference. Another nightly benefit is cooler temperatures, keeping your brain from liquefying and eyesight from wandering to the frosty beers in the midday heat; ever focused on the light and darkness play unfolding through the evening.
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Not everything looks better in fading light but obliging sunsets can work their charm, even on the crumbling and deteriorating.
Despite the photographic community debate about what constitutes prime timing, luckily for everyone, sunsets are available most evenings for a brief period of time for experimenting. You can ignore the experts and come up with your own capture; tripods and filters help creativity but, ultimately, your own guidelines rule.
For composition ideas, try to get something the viewer can relate to silhouetted against the colours. Live models work and, in the absence of a beauty, a monkey delights; humans “relate” to them, they are somewhat exotic (unless they can equally easily be a pest) and they are familiar. An exotic site also achieves well on the “best places to capture sunsets” roll and, when in northern India, Chittagarh (or Chittaurgarh or Chittorgarh and many other manipulations of the word) compares with other UNESCO ruins in tragic history and reknowned beauty.
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