India – Stuck in Customs

The Mighty Statue

Daily Photo – The Mighty Statue

Where three seas meet on the southern tip of India you’ll find this massive statue just out of the ocean. I took this at sunrise one morning after we got off the train. It was a disorienting morning because the train rumbled down the tracks all night then we got out off at about 4 AM. Everything is a bit confusing when waking up at 4 AM! Then it was even more confusing navigating a bunch of tiny and crowded Indian streets in the dark of morning. I had no idea what I was really seeing until a little bit of light hit the scene, and then I was totally blown away!

Tina, my first wife, as I liked to refer to her when we were married, had a small panic attack here. Our youngest, Scarlett, kind of got lost in a mass of tourists. We found her about a minute later and of course, being a true extrovert, Scarlett was not worried at all and didn’t even notice!

The Mighty Statue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-09 01:33:12
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring the Markets in India

Daily Photo – Exploring the Markets in India

While on our trip through India I liked to stop in each location and take some time to wander around the local markets. They were all filled with their own uniqueness and always packed with color.

Exploring the Markets in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-06 20:02:06
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Pilgrimage

Daily Photo – A Pilgrimage

I probably visited over 50 of these amazing temples in India. Besides the ancient structures, it was fascinating to watch remote villagers also making the same pilgrimage. I think I averaged about 1,000 photos a day, and I still have only processed about 20% of them.

A Pilgrimage

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-05 12:29:22
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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One of the last nights on our moving hotel

Daily Photo – One of the last nights on our moving hotel

This is the train, The Golden Chariot, that we spent 10 days touring Southern India. It was so cool to take Tina and all three kids on such an adventure.

That guy sitting there is “Aman,” one of the crew of the train that absolutely loved Scarlett. She must have been about 6 years old. She called him “Almond.” He kept correcting her with a smile and said, no, my name is “Aman.” Scarlett was like, “No, to me, you are Almond. I shall call you Almond.”

Madurai, India

One of the last nights on our moving hotel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-07 17:18:04
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time23
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length40.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Houseboats

Daily Photo – Houseboats

Here are some cool houseboats in India… what wasn’t so cool is that I think this was the same day I had an ill-fated quadcopter flight that ended in a rather large splash and a never to be seen again device… Note to self… launching and then trying to land on a moving boat isn’t the easiest thing to do.

Houseboats

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-10 07:01:25
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Cool Kid in Bangalore

Daily Photo – Cool Kid in Bangalore

Shortly after I took this image the mom revved up the bike, popped a wheelie and sped off into the distance…

Cool Kid in Bangalore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-03 11:16:58
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture5
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length60.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Brihadishvara Temple

Daily Photo – Brihadishvara Temple

When we toured India a few years ago as part of a wider journey, one of the goals was to visit a range of religious locations. They are always interesting from an architecture point of view but broadening the kid’s knowledge was also beneficial. Here (i think!) is a section of Brihadishvara Temple in Thanjavur. I really should take better notes! Either way, it’s an impressive structure and was a real highlight to explore.

Brihadishvara Temple

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-07 13:52:10
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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India Recap

2020 was going to be my year of taking many train journeys. So far, I’ve only been on the COVID-19 train, and it has yet to leave the station. But then I thought back to our train journey in India and thought it would be fun to share these again!

India Videos Recap

And here’s all the videos from my previous time in India!

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Girls in India

More Little Girls in India

These happen to be mine! We got them some of these pretty local dresses and they were quite the hit I tell ya! 🙂

from Trey Ratcliff at https://stuckincustoms.com

Daily Photo – Catty Girl in India

Little girls are kind of the same all around the world, I think. Fun and fancy free! This little girl in a small village outside of Kerala was a hoot. She would just dance and pose and dance and pose. It reminded me of my little girls!

Catty Girl in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-07 18:23:49
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

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The Mighty Statue

LA Photo Walk Tonight!

I’m doing a special photo walk tonight in LA with Air New Zealand! Come on out… it will be a free and amazing event. Here is a link to the event!

A B&W from this same spot

Below is another version of this shot, taken about 30 minutes later in the morning. For some reason, I think I like the Black and White one even more!

from Trey Ratcliff at https://stuckincustoms.com

Daily Photo – The Mighty Statue

Where three seas meet on the southern tip of India, this massive statue just out of the ocean. Here’s one that I took at sunrise one morning after we got off the train. It was a disorienting morning because the train rumbled down the tracks all night then we got out off at about 4 AM. Everything is a bit confusing when waking up at 4 AM! Then it was even more confusing navigating a bunch of tiny and crowded Indian streets in the dark of morning. I had no idea what I was really seeing until a little bit of light hit the scene, and then I was totally blown away!

The Mighty Statue

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-09 01:33:12
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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