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Happy Father’s Day – 2013

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To all the fathers out there and those who have left us, Happy Father’s Day. Your love, discipline, patient, spoken and unspoken wisdom and sacrifice have made us a better person today. Thank you.

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A Blast From the Past

Life through the Lens - Photography by Hendra Lauw

I was going through my archive and found this image that I took at Sri Krishna Rajendra bus terminal in Bangalore, India in 2006. The man was lighting his cigarette as the night was fast approaching. It was almost 6pm and at ISO 1600 and f/2.8, I only managed to get a shutter speed of 1/60 sec. Shot with my very first full frame DSLR, the Canon 1Ds Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. I took a lot of street portraits during my 2006 trip there. I miss India. Anyone want to sponsor?   :) MORE +

A Simple Village Life in Rajashtan

These images were shot in a small village off the highway from Ajmer to Jaipur, Rajashtan, India last year. All were shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except for the last one.

These people were very friendly, inviting me and my friend for afternoon chai and I was free to walk around including going inside their houses. You probably can’tktell, but cow dung was used to build their houses, especially for the wall and the floor. They mix the cow dung with clay, mud, sand and water. The image below shows the woman painting the wall made of this mixture. Can you see the little boy standing on a chair with a pail of paint on his head?

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The train from Agra to Lucknow

My friends and I took the midnight train from Agra to Lucknow in India when we were there October last year. We started the trip from Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which is the main train station in the city of Agra. We arrived early and I had a couple of hours to walk around the platform and shoot. It was quieter than I expected, but it could be very busy during day time, I believe.

The images were taken with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5 unless otherwise stated. The black and white images were shot in color and converted to BW in Adobe Lightroom. The first nine images here were taken at Agraa Cantonment Railway Station.MORE +

People of Kishangarh Rajashtan

People of Kishangarh, Rajashtan, photographed with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except the last one, which was shot using Olympus E-P3  and 12mm f/2 lens.

I stayed one night in Pushkar during my trip to India in October last year. My friend and I went out in the morning to Kishangarh, a nearby town from our hotel. Many locals started their day by having tea on the roadside. It was a nice little town with friendly people. We stopped at the shop in the photo above to have our morning tea. The locals were curious and kept looking at us with their smiles, while we were having our tea. :)

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Barbers in India

I did think for a moment that my blog has become an iPhone Photography blog since I have been posting lots of iPhone photos in the past couple of weeks. But it’s not, it’s still a general photography blog and I still love my rangefinder M9, just as I like my iPhone 4s. But, you will see more iPhone photos here.

So, it’s weekend guys. It’s the time of the week, that we usually go around doing our errands, including having our hair cut. If you are in India now and happen to be in the city of Jaipur, Pushkar, Lucknow or Kishangarh Rajashtan, try one of these barbers. And from my previous posts, if you need barber in Bangalore or Hoskote, check them out too.

These are all shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5.

Please send my regards to them.   :)

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Panning – Photographing Moving Subjects

Panning is a technique used to shoot a subject moving parallel to you. It is used to create a sense of movement by moving the camera to follow the subject. It will blur the background / surrounding objects while keeping the main subject in focus.MORE +

Pre Pushkar Fair

I was in Pushkar, Rajashtan, about one week before the Pushkar Fair last month. Too bad. Pushkar Fair is the camel and livestock fair held annually in Pushkar, Rajashtan. Too bad I was one week earlier, but I was able to see a little bit of it, as there were already families and camels at the fair site. They have come from nearby villages to participate in the fair. I assume they came early in order to choose the best location to set up their camps. MORE +

One Morning in Jaipur

I shot these in front of our hotel in Jaipur, Rajashtan, in the early morning of our second day there. People started their day by having tea, setting up their roadside fruit stalls, sweeping the street, etc. under a cool October morning weather.

All photos taken with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2. The first few were taken by shooting into the rising sun. Enjoy!MORE +

The Colorful Old Delhi

More street photos from the Old Delhi, India. They were taken during that short window of blue hour after sunset at the Dariba Kalan street. The street was decorated with lots of lights to celebrate the Diwali day and I couldn’t get enough of rickshaw, so I kept shooting them whenever I saw one. And you don’t need to wait long for one to come.  :)

All photos taken with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5. Enjoy the photos.MORE +

The Old Delhi

I am back from India today. Covered Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Agra and Lucknow. I was traveling light and it was quite liberating. I fit my Leica M9, four small lenses and Olympus PEN E-P3 with 12mm lens, into a small Domke ‘school bag’ (F-803) and I could walk for hours without breaking my neck and back.

First up here are few photos I took in the late afternoon at the Old Delhi, near the Red Fort, on Diwali day. The road was packed with people, rickshaw, bicycles, motorcycles and cars and continuous sound of horns. One of the best locations I went to shoot at during this trip. I would love to go back to the Old Delhi again one day as I only managed to cover one lane as we didn’t have lots of time.

I will post more later, but for now, enjoy these four photos from the Old Delhi. All four were shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5.MORE +

I Found Papa Smurf on the Street of Bangalore

Sorry for being quiet lately. Here is a quick post, taken with the M9 and Zeiss 50mm ZM f/2. I am off to India again tonight and this time I am traveling light. Only with the M9 and Olympus E-P3. Will cover Delhi, Rajashtan and Agra before heading to Lucknow to attend my friend’s wedding. MORE +