Posts tagged ‘street photography’

August 3, 2013

Broadway

With Google+ celebrating their 2nd anniversary, photowalks were organized around the world.  Kochi had one on June 29th.

It started with around hundred photographers meeting up at Marine Drive and then splitting up into different teams. The group I was in headed straight to Broadway. People from Kochi will know this – this place is anything but broad. It is one of the oldest markets in Kerala, crammed with shops and vendors. You can get everything and anything here. From shops selling diamond jewelry to roadside cloth sellers, wholesale banana sellers, restaurants, the list goes on…

Word spreads fast in a place like Broadway. ‘People in black taking pictures’ (the dress code for the day) suddenly became a topic of discussion amongst the vendors. Some of them thought we were from the newspapers or TV channels. Though a little overwhelmed, they were more than happy to pose for our cameras.

According to some reports, Cochin has the highest participation right after New York and San Francisco. Impressive, I say! It was a fun experience. I got to see and meet lot of photogs. We had people shooting film, there were few guys doing just phones. I realized Kochi (and maybe Kerala) is a Canon city 🙂
Google+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk

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September 21, 2012

Big announcement

Hello dear readers, I have an announcement to make – I have relocated to India!!
This was the reason why the blog was pretty inactive off late – was busy winding down stuff in sunny LA. After a brief 6 years in Los Angeles, we decided to return home.
As a tribute, this post is about a place that has intrigued me a lot, a place I feel wasn’t able to fully explore – the Los Angeles Downtown.

The first set is pictures from Union Station and Olvera Street.
Union St

The second set is of the Toy district followed by my favorite – the Arts district. It was my first time to Toy District, which is also officially Skid Row. For folks who don’t know Skid Row, it’s the largest population of homeless in North America. There were stories of Skid Row that prevented me from exploring this place in 6 years. This time my curiosity got the better of me. With a dear friend for company, I set out for one last tour of LA downtown.
Toy District

April 14, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 5

This post features the ‘Streets & Faces’ of Istanbul. No real theme or story in this post, just my capture of everyday life in Istanbul. This place is a heaven for photogs. Most people are ok with having cameras pointed at them. Some even insist that you take a picture. I got yelled at just once; that photo is here in this post – wanna take a guess? 🙂

Most of the photographs were taken using the Carl Zeiss 35mm 1.4. After a lot of thinking, I decided to haul this heavy, ‘manual focus only’ lens all the way to Istanbul. It was a risk – I knew that if a shot got messed up, I didn’t have the luxury to go back and re-shoot it. All said and done, I am glad I used this lens. I got used to the manual focusing quite fast. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I love the sharpness and the richness of the photos. I rented it from Borrowlenses.com.

streets and faces
streets and faces_2

July 10, 2011

Abbot Kinney – Venice

For more about Abbot Kinney check out this website.

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