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Bangalore Portraits – Part III

December 16th, 2009

Carrying on from Part I and Part II, here are a few more portraits of the great people I met in Bangalore.

I met this family when I stood watching a Sikh procession in celebration of the birth of Guru Nanak (more on that later). I love the way this picture turned out. The son resembles the mum, and the daughter resembles the dad, and the son and mum were facing the same way, and the father and daughter a different way. And yes, they were all sat on one tiny motorbike. As is pretty much standard, only the father wore a helmet, cause that’s the minimum required by law – the driver of a bike must wear a helmet.

Family on a Bike (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 30mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/320secs)

This man I met outside a fruit stall on Brigade Street. He’s a retired aircraft engineer who worked 35 years building and designing aircraft for an aircraft manufacturer with operations in India (the name escapes me). He stood proudly to attention while I took this shot. I understand from conversation with him that he’s dedicated his post-retirement life to his religion.

Retired Aircraft Engineer (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/125sec + flash SB900)

One of the ladies I met in Cubbon Park. She and her friends were collecting wood.

Wood Collector (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 35mm, f4, ISO 200, 1/30sec)

This is Mubashir. He’s a Muslim Indian from Kashmir who, along with his brothers, own and run a store called Asian Arts Emporium (located on 8 Cunningham Road). They sell some very fine silk (for saris and dresses), and all sorts of interesting arts and crafts. I visited their store twice with friends and made a goodly number of purchases.

We ended up having long and very interesting conversations with Mubashir. I particularly enjoyed our conversations about Islam. It’s a shame that Islam as it should be: one of peace, faith, humility, dignity in the face of adversity and enduring human kindness; does not seem to appeal to the popular media. That’s why the patience and warmth of people like Mubashir is important.

The conversations we had with Mubashir also brought the sheer breadth and variety of India to the fore – he doesn’t speak Kannada, the prevalent language in Bangalore, an requires a translator when dealing with Bangaloreans. The sheer number of languages and dialects spoken in India is staggering. You can find out more here.

Mubashir (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

This man encouraged the mapseller to stand for her portrait and then happily agreed to stand for his own.

The Mapseller's Cheerleader (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/50sec + flash SB900)

This woman appeared silently while I stood at the gateway to a temple on a street off Commercial Street taking pictures of the temple grounds within. She allowed me to shoot the temple, even invited me in to do so. However, I didn’t wish to intrude and so remained at the gate to snap a few shots. I then asked her if I could take her portrait. She graciously acquiesced, but remained at distance. I was struck by the peace in her kind eyes.

The Temple Keeper (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 1000, 1/80sec)

This here is The Park Hotel‘s one and only Raja Gopal. I thought of rendering this picture in black & white. But I liked the colour of his dastaar (Sikh headdress).

Raja! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

Meet the Liftman. This fine chap took me on a few rides up and down in the elevator of a building off Brigade Street.

Elevator Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/100sec + flash SB900)

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Signs!

November 18th, 2009

One thing that struck me in Bangalore were the adverts and signs.

I mean… Well, I’ll show you what I mean.

Take the following signs, many of which are extremely creative, and some absolutely priceless. Seen on Brigade Street:

Signs-1

Signs-2

Signs-3

Signs-4

Signs-5

Signs-6

Signs-7

I must say, I was also struck by how massive advertising billboards tend to be in Bangalore.

Take for example the billboards in this shot of an intersection on Brigade Street, taken from the rooftop of a building moments before I was chased off it by an angry fortune teller (long story, I’ll explain later):

The Intersection, A Bird's Eye View (HDR) (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200)

The adverts themselves con be quite interesting (one was discussed previously). Take this one for example, which would fit right in in some parts of Beirut:

Showoff! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50mm, f4.5, ISO 200, 1/800sec)

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Fin des Vendanges

November 16th, 2009

Continuing in the vein of the completely different, but returning to Lebanon:

On my last trip there I was invited to a vineyard to attend the last day of the Vendanges – the wine grape harvest –  which is traditionally the busiest time of the year in wine-making.

In (very) brief, the steps in a wine grape harvest are the following: First, the grapes are collected, removed from the vines (duh, right?). Next, comes the pressing of the grapes where a press machine compacts them and turns them into liquid form. Then comes the transfer into containers where the young wine will ferment.

If you want to know more about the wine grape harvesting process, you could start here.

Seeing as this was the last day of the Vendanges, the grapes had already been harvested and the last remaining batch was sitting in a container, waiting to be put into the machine that would separate the grapes from the leaves and twigs and then to the press.

Here are a few shots for your enjoyment:

Grapes! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The case by case of grapes disappeared rather quickly:

Emptying the Cases (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/25sec)

The twigs and leaves, once separated from the grapes, ended up in this tub:

The Tub (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 52mm, f10, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Another picture without flash, to capture some of the movement:

One by One They Get Sorted (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/25sec)

Tossing In (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The view from the top of one of the machines:

Machine Top (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

These were some of the containers in which the pressed grapes would be transferred to start the fermentation process:

The Dial (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

Some of the casks in which wine was maturing:

Casks (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/25sec + flash SB900)

The vibe at the vineyard was a very relaxed one, despite the efficiency with which each person did their duty. The family atmosphere was most palpable once the last batch of grapes had been processed, when some champagne was broken out with a cheer and cake was distributed.

Celebrations completed, the sorting and press machines were then rolled outside in the failing light to be washed in cold fresh water and cleaned before being put away.

Outdoors (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/160sec)

Here, one of the workers playfully sprays a colleague as he washes one of the machines:

Fun in the Setting Sun (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f7.1, ISO 200, 1/250sec)

The view from inside the container that held the grapes:

Container (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

The inside of the machine which separates the grapes from the leaves and twigs, as it was being washed:

The Separator (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

In closing, this here is my very favourite shot of the entire Vendanges, and definitely one of my favourite shots from the Lebanon trip. I love that the lag after which the flash fired allowed me to capture some of the movement, while retaining sharpness.

Cleaning the Machine (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f6.3, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

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Bangalore Portraits – Part I

November 12th, 2009

People are so interesting.

I know, I’ve said this before. Remains true.

When in Bangalore, I tried to as much as possible share a moment or two with the people whose paths crossed mine.

Some were hawkers, who tried to sell their wares. I aimed to establish some kind of rapport. I’d smile, chat with them a bit, point to my camera and tell them that while I couldn’t purchase what they were selling, I’d be happy to take their picture. None refused.

Others our eyes met while walking in the street, or while in the car awaiting the traffic ahead of us to move. A smile and a nod go a long way.

Here are some of the portraits I took of these diverse and very interesting people whose paths crossed mine in my few short days in the amazing city that is Bangalore.

And this batch is all in black and white!

I met this man while walking in Cubbon Park. He stood by quietly by as my friends and I chatted and took pictures with a group of women who were busy collecting fallen tree branches and collecting them into bundles before porting them off. He had such expressive eyes. Had to take his portrait.

Cubbon Park Hubby (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 120mm, f5.6 , ISO 200, 1/60sec)

This guy pulled up alongside the car I was in. He struck me as a little odd as he was wearing a wool sweater and woolen headgear under his helmet. Note that the weather we experienced in Bangalore is some of the finest anywhere. A cool 25-28 degrees centigrade. No call for sweaters of any kind…

Motorcycle Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 78mm, f5.6 , ISO 200, 1/60sec)

These two good-natured gents also pulled up alongside the car I was in. The rules in Bangalore are interesting. Most everyone’s on a moped. Sometimes piled up four or five-strong to a moped that didn’t look like it would even carry one. The good thing is that all moped drivers are obligated to wear a helmet, or face a heavy fine. Passengers tho? I guess different rules apply there. Not a one I saw wore a helmet…

Biker Dudes (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 38mm, f4.2 , ISO 200, 1/60sec)

This man I glimpsed on the corner of a road as the car I was in sped down it. Our eyes met as I was hanging out of the window trying to take a shot of something, and we both laughed. (incidentally, I failed to get the shot of that other thing.) I caught this one as the car turned the corner.

The Happy Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 60mm, f7.1 , ISO 200, 1/400sec - cropped)

I’d been told to avoid talking with policemen in Bangalore, as they’d mostly consider anyone with a big camera as suspicious (true enough in most cases, as it turned out). I broke the rule when I saw this policeman walking down the road by Cubbon Park. His partner refused to have anything to do with us, but he lingered for a quick chat, and a portrait. I’m so happy this picture turned out well in black and white, as the colour variant had the colours all washed out from overexposure.

It proved a fair challenge getting the exposures right in India when taking shots of people as they’re often quite dark of skin! Who’d have thought that would be a problem? A fair few shots came out with everything properly exposed, except for peoples’ faces and features, which came out so dark as to have lost all definition. Getting their faces properly exposed made everything else get blown out. Odd. But I learnt to adapt to it.

Sad Eyed Policeman (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55mm, f4.8 , ISO 200, 1/500sec)

This is one of the few times when I didn’t wait for permission from someone before taking their picture. The moment would have passed and the expression on his face would have changed. I wonder what he was thinking about so forcefully.

Man at Lunch (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6 , ISO 1000, 1/60sec)

This is Abbas. He’s an Iranian student, studying dentistry in a university in Bangalore. I met him while wandering around a side street off Brigade Street with a friend. We wanted to know why while there are plenty of dogs and cows all over the place in Bangalore, we’d seen no cats. The most common explanation we’d received were the dogs did away with the cats… Abbas had no idea, but we ended up having a pleasant chat in the shade of a tree.

Abbas the Dental Student (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 62mm, f8 , ISO 200, 1/100sec + flash SB900)

This was the cabbie who took us around on the day we went to visit the ISCON temple and Cubbon Park. We nicknamed him 15-Minute Man, for whenever we’d ask him how long it would take us to get to a particular destination from where we were, he’d invariably reply with a big smile: “15 minutes!” He was great fun, regaling us with the occasional joking comment in broken English or explanations on the sights around us as he drove, weaving through traffic and beeping his horn every few seconds.

15 Minute Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68mm, f5.0 , ISO 200, 1/1250sec)

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Temple of Adonis, Mashnaqa

November 10th, 2009

For some odd reason, I decided to visit the temples of Adonis. I understand there are three such temples surviving in Lebanon – in Afqa, Faqra and a place with the dubious name of Mashnaqa (more on that below).

Since this was decided the day before my departure from Leb, and rather late in the day at that, I managed to only visit two of the three sites. Still, am happy as I managed to visit both sites on the same day while taking the scenic route through tiny winding mountain roads (as opposed to the Afqa/Faqra/Faraya highway, which I used on the way back, and which required a bare fraction of the time it took to get to Afqa…).

So, the temples! The first I visited was the temple at Mashnaqa.

Mashnaqa is a small village in the mountains on a forgotten road that leads up from Jbeil (AKA Byblos).

Now, Mashnaqa loosely translates in Arabic to “the Gallows”. Charming, you might say. But one source apparently insists that the word is derived from a Phoenico-Aramæan word meaning “Place of Tears”. Same difference, no?

Mashnaqa is interesting to me for another reason. It is the first of a series of beautiful Shi’ ite villages that pepper a predominantly Christian mountainside and which I passed through on my way to Afqa. Proof that Lebanon is full of surprises, at least for me (See, I was under the impression that there were nothing but Christian villages in that particular area of Mount Lebanon. When I recounted this to my parents later, they both just looked at me blankly and said, “Well, of course there are Shi’ite villages there!”).

I had a chance to chat with the locals a bunch of times in my search for the temple (which proved surprisingly easy to find, if I’d only followed the directions to the letter), and true to form, they time and again proved as friendly and as hospitable as ever. I don’t really know why I resisted the urge to ask if I could take their pictures. Some had such beautiful faces. The kind with a story to every wrinkle, and a bright spark in kind eyes. Ah well. I know better for next time.

On a side note, oddly enough the turning point for me I guess – in terms of asking people if I could shoot their portraits – was on the plane ride to Bangalore. There was this old Emirati man and his son taking the plane with us. The old man had the kindest, gentlest face. I just had to take his portrait. Three hours or so into the flight, I finally plucked up the courage to go up and ask. He acquiesced with a smile, and I had a mad scramble to switch on every seat light I could find in the dark fuselage and try and direct it at his face in just the right way to get enough, soft, light and a catchlight in his eyes.

Here it is:

Gentle Old Man on a Plane (D700, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 @ f3, ISO 1000, 1/40sec)

If you don’t ask, you won’t get the picture.

Right. Back to the temple!

When the temple finally appeared, it was at first glance something of a let-down despite the marvellous setting. Barely a corner and a few columns remained of the once no doubt imposing structure. But closer inspection showed it to be more than just the sum of its few remaining parts. For one thing, the setting: it rests in the cosy garden of a quaint farm house overlooking a lush green valley and mountains. Absolutely beautiful.

Interestingly, the farm house seems was built in part from the stones that once made up the temple… Go figure.

Unfortunately, the light was not as soft as I’d have liked, despite the lateness of the hour. But you do what you can with what you’ve got, no?

Here are a few shots from that beautiful, peaceful place.

The Gate (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/200sec)

Rana was evidently here... (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/320sec + flash SB900 zoomed at 180mm)

Rise Up (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/160sec)

There's a Wall There (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/500sec)

The Temple (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

The Nub (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/200sec)

Temple Green (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/500sec)

A Terraced Garden (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

Here you can see the farm house behind the temple:

Farm House (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 36mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/500sec)

And the farm house itself and its terraced walkways, built evidently from rock from the temple:

Steps and a Doorway (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/400sec + flash SB900 zoomed at 180mm)

A Shady Terrace (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 44mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/80sec + flash SB900 zoomed at 180mm)

As I said, it’s a farm house. Emphasis on “farm”. So here’s some produce seen being grown there:

Cabbage! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f9, ISO 200, 1/160sec + flash SB900 zoomed at 180mm)

Aubergine! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/80sec + flash SB900 zoomed to 180mm)

Chili Peppers! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 70mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/100sec + flash SB900 zoomed to 180mm)

Not quite ripe jabali tomatoes... (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/100sec + flash SB900 zoomed to 180mm)

More pictures (from the India trip, the temple at Afqa and others) coming soon!

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Party Bengaluru!

November 8th, 2009

My trip to Bangalore was most definitely the best trip I’ve had in recent memory.

It met some wonderful people and made some great new friends. I attended the very very beautiful wedding of my good friend (and had the privilege of participating therein along with a number of other good friends of the bride and groom). Partied like mad, and slept very little. So much so, I made myself ill. Heh.

Although I took my camera along, I had little opportunity to take pictures. We were almost constantly at events – thus little opportunity to experience the real Bangalore. Also, I was more interested in spending time with my friends and celebrating with the bride and groom and their family, than taking pictures. That said, I did come back with a goodly number of shots I am happy with.

Here are a few shots from the Sangeet and the youngster’s party.

Drum Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.8, ISO 800, 1/60sec + flash, SB900)

Sangeet Dancing (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 1000, 1/60sec + flash, SB900)

More Drum Madness (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.8, ISO 800, 1/60sec + flash, SB900)

Colour, Colour Everywhere (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68mm, f5.0, ISO 500, 1/60sec + flash, SB900)

With too much partying inevitably comes alcohol and cigarettes, sometimes together:

The Perfect Cocktail (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 500, 1/60sec + flash, SB900)

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Road Trip

November 6th, 2009

I took a day road trip on my last stay in Lebanon.

I followed the coastal road from Beirut towards the North and the mountains. I passed through Batroun, then Chekka, a cute town with the unfortunate name of Bziza, past Amioun, on up through Qozhaya (more on that later) and, finally, Ehden.

It was a lengthy, but beautiful drive. Here are a few shots from that trip.

In the hills overlooking Chekka was this little stairway down the sheer cliff face that led down to an ancient hermit monk’s abode which lay in ruins. Beyond it was a tiny and very beautiful chapel.

The Cliffside Chapel

Below is the view that could be seen from the stairway going down.

However hard life must have been for the monks in those little rooms clinging precariously to the cliffside, waking up every morning to a view like this must have made all the difference.

The panorama is made up of 8 overlapping shots taken in rapid succession with my D700 handheld.

Chekka Panorama

I loved how the sea faded into the distance until you almost couldn’t tell where the horizon was, and sea and sky mixed together:

The Thin Blue Line (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/250sec)

On the way up the mountains to Ehden was this little clearing by the side of the road. The clearing featured a beautiful little shrine, and behind it a small waterfall. As I was taking pictures, a friendly old man came over for a chat. Turned out it was his land. He’d built the shrine, and was looking to improve it and expand and preserve the clearing. After a few pictures, and a very pleasant chat with him (turns out his daughter and her husband are also based in Abu Dhabi), the road beckoned again.

The Waterfall (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 48mm, f25, ISO 200, 1sec)

Qozhaya brought many memories to the fore when I got there. The monastery, which housed the very first printing press in the Middle East, was one of the last places I visited with my grandfather before he passed away. It all came back when I was coming up the steps leading to the main buildings, past the grotto. One of the last pictures I have with him and the rest of the family is one taken on those very steps.

This shot here, I took at twilight from the other side of the valley where I’d hiked on a lark.

Monastery of St. Anthony the Great of Qozhaya (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f3/5-5.6 @ 24mm, f10, ISO 200, 13secs)

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Arrival in Bangalore

November 4th, 2009

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place so…green.

Especially coming in from the air. As far as the eye could see, all was green. And a very very rich green at that.

We landed shortly before sunset, at the new airport that opened just weeks ago.

If there were any expectations of walking out of an Indian airport and into the street to be assaulted by sights, smells and sounds unique to India, they were shattered almost instantly. The airport itself is so very brand new and squeaky-clean. And the design and layout… Well, it could almost be any airport in pretty much any city.

Upon exiting the airport we were ushered out onto a massive car park area. Which is where I took my first shot in Bangalore:

Sunset over Bangalore International Airport (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250sec)

Our Emirates car was waiting for us at the exit, and took us on the long way into town. We’d just gotten out onto the road out of the airport when I spotted these birds. Crows. They’re all over Bangalore.

Crow in Flight (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250sec)

This here was the very first billboard advertisement I saw in Bangalore:

...and her shirt, too, evidently. (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 40mm, f4.2, ISO 200, 1/200sec - cropped)

Bangalore-Hyderabad National Highway 7 into Bangalore:

The long road (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 78mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

While most Bangaloreans were friendly, and were happy to be pictured, some were not so friendly. The guy leftmost was very happy and friendly, and smiled and waved after this shot was taken. His friend (2nd from left), however, was much less happy.

Tuk-tuk Drivers Chilling (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 78mm, f5.3, ISO 800, 1/60sec - cropped)

This here was my first taste of how crowded some places in Bangalore can get. This bus we pulled alongside of was filled to bursting:

The Overloaded Ark (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

Next up, some more shots from the Lebanon trip (I’m still sorting the shots I took in Bangalore)!

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Abandoned House in Batroun – Part II

November 2nd, 2009

Carrying on from my previous post, here are some shots of some of the objects I found lying abandoned in the house.

I love the glimpses it affords into the lives of those who used to live in that beautiful house.

The open book

Forgotten treasures... (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 105mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

A forgotten family history  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Tar, minus the feathers...  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Meds, meds and more meds...  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

I did mention the previous owner seems to have been a pharmacist, yes? Or perhaps an alchemist...  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Parchment  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Eau de Vie  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Richard the Lion Heart, and Damsel of course  (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Next up, some shots from Bangalore, India – assuming I have the time to do so in the next 2 days!

Meanwhile. check out how incredibly empty the Dubai airport was when I was heading to the plane with my friends:

The empty airport...

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Abandoned House in Batroun – Part I

October 31st, 2009

So, as promised – Travel pictures from Lebanon and India!

After much thought I decided to start with shots from Lebanon – those of an abandoned house I came upon while wandering around Batroun.

So here goes. :)

The Entrance

Behind Door No. 1

More of what is behind Door No. 1

The Blue Room

The wall was such a beautiful blue! And the ceiling! It was made of individual square panels of intricately carved wood. Check it out below!

The Ceiling

The Pharmacy

Seems the house’s previous owner was a pharmacist…

Piling Up

The News Umbrella (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Broken Glass (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/5sec)

As you can see, the house contained plenty of beautiful abandoned things. Shots of some of those will be coming up very very soon!

Until then, take care!

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