What a rockin’ Saturday night listening to Badri and Arvind play sweet renditions of my 60s-70s Rock’nRoll favorites. Deja Vu. Thanks Badri.
It’s home from work we go.
From my time in Chennai witnessing the local laborers daily work, I have two observations which may or may not be generalizations – not want to be hasty:
1) Women do the “Heavy Lifting” here, i.e. carrying heavy goods on their head (buckets full of sand, brick, dirt…). Bless them.
2) Men are “Highly Skilled Craftsman” at their trade with years of experience passed down over the centuries.
Plans are set and we’re pumped to head out on a six-day holiday to navigate Indian’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Yes, this is an one-hundred percent tourist adventure where we can expect hoards of people yet still ahead of summer vacation. Since we’ve arranged a dedicated driver w/Innova, we should be able to deviate the plan in a spontaneous manner as the need arises.
I’ve bolded/italicized those sites where I look forward to capturing some great images with an embedded link for those unfamiliar with the site. As usual, I struggle with what camera gear to bring knowing the KISS principle applies, i.e. Keep It Simple Stuart. :)) [D810, Tamron 15-30mm, Nikkor 24-70mm and Nikkor 70-300mm should do]
For those who know the Golden Triangle, what should we focus on, what should we skip, did we miss a site, what should we buy that’s special…
Leave your comment below. Thanks.
Day 1: Chennai-Delhi
Arrive Delhi from Chennai. Relax, recovery and get ready.
Day 2: Delhi-Jaipur
We focus our first tourist day on Old Delhi with these sites: Rajghat, Shantivan, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandi Chowk. We’ve visited Delhi before yet no time allocated for Old Delhi as we checked out the many sites in the National Capital Region area. Playing catch-up here.
After sight-seeing, we drive 280 kms (5+ hours) to Jaipur the capital city for the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is the “Pink City” for it’s 20 ft wall city with eight gates.
In the evening, we’re off to the ethnic village of Chokhidhani for a sit down dinner with entertainment.
Day 3: Jaipur
This will be a tourist day with bazaar shopping opportunities. Sites included Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, Janatar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds, Jauhari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehur Bazaar.
Day 4: Jaipur-Agra
We leave first thing in the morning for a drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red-sandstone city. Another 24o km roadtrip around 5+ hours.
As we arrive in Agra, we hope to catch the Taj Mahal at sunset (~18:27) from its backside, i.e. north across the river at Mughal Garden.
Day 5: Agra
Taj Mahal at sunrise (~06:25) and sunset (~18:28) with all the time in between as this is on the “bucket list” of millions. Have to take time and do it right. We’re sure there’ll be sufficient “bazaar” time for those special souvenirs.
Day 6: Agra-Delhi-Chennai
We pack up and head towards Delhi Airport 225 km away for flight back home to Chennai. Maybe there’ll be time for a great sunrise at Taj Mahal before we hit the road. Along the way, we stop at Agra Fort.
Viewer Poll on the Taj Mahal
Go ahead, don’t be shy. Now it the planning stages for a Bhutan adventure in September.
In part II of the Mylapore Chariot Festival, let’s shift from viewing people to showing the “Chariot” (Car) in its splendor as it exits the temple garage to travel around the block. I didn’t stay for the entire event yet being on the rooftop this year was definitely an improvement with different point of views and a safe haven against the crowds.
Chariot Festival Gallery – Color
Chariot Festival Gallery – Black & White
Chariot Festival Gallery – Monochrome
Chariot Festival Gallery – Infrared (720nm)
Chariot Festival Gallery – Sketchings and Paintings
Got up early (again) and arrived at the temple in front of the Chariot (Car) Festival at 6:00 am sharp. The crowd hadn’t arrived so it gave me a chance to walk around with an un-obstructed view. Having been here last year, I knew what the morning held, i.e. in one word – People.
Here’s my walking route including elevated platforms and rooftops:
For more on the Kapaaleeshwarar Temple, try this link:
Faces of Chennai – Mylapore
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The Featured Image above is a creation using Topaz Impression in the look of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.
Our Photographic Society of Madras photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market allowed the opportunity to continue capturing the friendly Faces of Chennai.
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Well I got up at 5:00am to be at the Mylapore Temple in readiness for today’s main event. Luckily I meet up with another PSM member and he took me to an elevated vantage point.
I used my Lumix LX-100 as my primary camera today but as I loaded the RAW files into Lightroom, something happened and the files got corrupt. Luckily I used my D300S IR converted camera for a few images so at least I’m not empty-handed for the effort today.
Used Topaz Impression to finish off the image. Still experimenting.
Used Topaz BW Effects for the first time. Comparing to NIK and MacPhun B&W plug-ins for +s and -s.
Repeat of the “Featured Image”. Notice the “flowers” being dropped on the idol. Those three ropes on the right-hand side are control the “flower-dropper” back and forth.
Used Topaz BW Effects with VanDyke Filter
Trying Topaz Lens Effect – Pin Hole Recipe
Looking forward to Sunday’s Car (Chariot) Festival on Sunday March 20, 7:15am. Last year’s festival was an overwhelming mass of people.
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What’s the difference between B&W and Monochrome images?
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