travel portrait

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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Waiting for Customers

All photos taken using Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2 at Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore, India during my June 2011 trip there. Enjoy the photos.MORE +

Back to India … Soon

If nothing changes, I will be back in India next month. The plan has been changed few times, so I believe it when I touch down in Bangalore next month. Not sure if I will have time to shoot, but I’ll see. Photos here were taken when I went to Bangalore in 2006. It will be interesting to go back to these places again and if I can see the same persons I shot before. I always love to shoot in the market. MORE +


I have chosen Faith as my word of the year for 2011. It has meant so much to me in 2010 and I would like my life to revolve around it even more in 2011. MORE +

Look at the Camera

Taken in Bangalore, India in 2006, this portrait was made possible because of the little boy’s mother. I was shooting at one of the wet markets I visited in Bangalore when I saw this little boy with his mother who wanted him to look at my camera when I was shooting him. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 2

100 Strangers - Stranger No. 2 - Matteo and Daniela

My stranger no. 2 is a lovely couple. They are Matteo and Daniela from Italy whom I met in Bromo, Indonesia, in August 2010.MORE +

100 Strangers – A Photography Project

100 Strangers, that’s my new personal photography project I have been talking about. Shooting strangers itself is not new to me as I have done it a lot during my travels in the past. Some of those travel portraits of strangers can be seen here in this blog entry. I also wrote my top 10 travel portrait photography tips here before. But, I am giving it a little twist to make it more challenging and interesting.

A Man at Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2009


10 Travel Portraits Tips

How can I take pictures of strangers while on holiday?

Traveling always opens a world of opportunities for us to see many different things. Different foods, different landscape, different cityscape, different culture and many local peoples. What do you photograph the most? Some will say the cityscape and the landscape. Some will say they photograph the peoples on the street or at the market, shot using wide angle lens to show the street and the market, thus showing the scenes of what they see. But, how about taking portrait of the strangers too? Portrait of the local people we meet while on holiday. How can you do that?

Shooting travel portraits is actually not difficult. No special techniques required even though I will share some technical techniques I usually use in my future posts here. But, the most important aspect about shooting travel portraits is actually non technical. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the top 10 tips for shooting travel portraits while you are on holiday:MORE +