Monday, July 02, 2007

Monsoon's here!

I love rains. Every year I resolve to take lots of pictures of people trying to get through the wet season, just trying to get on with their lives. Every year I procrastinate the task and miss the season. This year I decided to just get out in the rain with my camera and shoot some pictures. It was a fun experience. Some people looked at me suspiciously when I stood in the drizzle taking shots of empty alleys, while others were tickled pink when I asked them to pose. The best shots, however, were the candid ones. The rains have not stopped yet, and neither have I. However, I want to share some of the pictures I have take so far, so here is a slide show for you, dear readers. I would love to hear from you about which pics you like and which ones you don't (and why not).





Monsoon 2007

25 Comments:

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous zaphod said...

i think i like the alley way the best. it reminds me of every indian city i have lived in, each one has that alley scene

Our of curiosity, which camera do you use

thanks

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Gina said...

I love all of them :). I miss sharing the monsoon with you but wish even more that you were here.

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

zaphod: I agree. When I walked past the alley, it was raining very hard and initially I thought I'd pass on the opportunity as I was scared of the rain damaging my camera. Then I decided to take the risk, covered the camera with a bandana that I was carrying and quickly took this shot. Luckily, it came out quite nice.

I use a Canon EOS 400D SLR body, also known as Canon Rebel XTi.

gina: I also thought of how good it would have been to have you with me that afternoon. I am pretty sure that the rains will last another week, though, and you will be able to witness the monsoon. Howis San Fransisco treating you? Does it rain there?

 
At 6:41 AM, Blogger Unmana said...

I also like the alleyway best. :-) I visit your blog quite often, but I don't think I've commented before.

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous zaphod said...

Ach! I bought the same one a few weeks ago and am still looking over the last set I took. I absolutely love it! I cant wait to get prints and check them out.
Plus tomorrow is the 4th of July so am going to try and take pictures of fireworks, which is rather intimidating. Any suggestions for settings on it?

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Anurag said...

unmana: Thanks for the praise, as well as for leaving a comment.

zaphod: I would recommend investing in a Canon ink-jet printer as well. I bought a Canon Pixma 4200, which is a very good printer. You don't have to depend on the whims of printing labs if you have a good printer.

As for fireworks, there are two kinds of shots possible. There are two kinds of fireworks, ones which fill up the sky with lots of light, and others which make interesting patterns in the sky. For the former, I would recommend a faster shutter speed - set the ISO to 1600 or so, and the shutter to 1/250 or 1/500 (should be sufficient at that ISO rating, since fireworks are sources of light themselves). For the latter, try a longer exposure, but then you will need a good tripod which may not be the easiest thing to carry around in that crowd. Happy shooting. I shot the fireworks in Boston almost a decade back -- how time flies!!!

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Unmana said...

Thanks for visiting. I replied to your comment.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

I love the bright umbrella handles.

You've made something which generally looks tacky at best, look wonderful.

*goes back to staring at the umbrella handles*

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

punkster: Thanks. However, I wish the handle of the umbrella on the left had not been cropped. :(

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Senthil said...

My favourite still is the alleyway. The umbrellas come a close second, though. :)

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

Senthil: My favourite is the third one (man with umbrella looking towards the camera).

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger GettingThereNow said...

The alleyway and then the umbrella handles. Some others are too dark and don't bring out the subjects well.

You have been tagged - see my latest post for details.

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger Shami said...

I Love the alleyway one too. The candid shot of the guy smoking is interesting too.

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger claytonia vices said...

I like the way you have managed to capture the monsoon! All that while risking your camera!!

I dream of buying a weather sealed Pentax K10D body sometime. Right now I use a Pentax K100D...

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger Renovatio said...

I liked them all, I'll come back to tell you which ones in particular later, I'm in a tiny bit of a rush, but I'm in love with your camera... really, I want to get a room with it for a weekend or something...

 
At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Nilanjan said...

Hey Anurag, nice shots! Loved them all..

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

*prod*

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Anki said...

beee youuuu tee foool pix
i will love to visit this place from now on

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Moonie said...

I liked the corn seller pic with people standing with bright umbrellas - a very typical and warm scene... the last one of umbrella handles is interesting

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Moonie said...

next post pls!!

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Adam said...

Wow Anurag! These Monsoon photos are truly amazing! It's my turn to sing words of praise :) This is really photography just as I like and enjoy: people, authentic situations, the elements (especially water...;). And the colours, the sense of depth and space in the photos... Really, i'm flabbergasted and I hope to see more photos of yours...

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Darshat said...

This is my first time (well actually after a long time) and I am absolutely blown away!

What a wonderful treat of color and life. Very cool.

I like the rear view mirror - kind of forlorn standing up in the rain.

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Anurag said...

Whoa! Looks like people have been visiting this blog even though I have not posted anything since the Nixon administration!

Thanks to all you old visitors, the young ones, and the ones who are newcomers. I express my gratitude by starting to write a new post right away. Muchos gracias. Much flattered...

 
At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Broom said...

These are gorgeous, Anurag. I am totally into photography too.
I use a Canon 350D. Love it!

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

broom: Thanks and welcome. I'd love to see your photography as well.

 

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