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Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-25

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

Please enjoy the following 11 Images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

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Photowalk Route, 3.72km

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Photowalk Image Gallery

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1) I really like this fun image from inside an “Auto” rickshaw.  Used an 8mm fisheye and poked my camera inside for the shot.
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2) A shot looking into St. Theresa of Avila Parish Church in Nungambakkam, Chennai established in 1912.  I love the colored light coming in from the stain glass window, RH side shining on the backs of the three parishioners.
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3) “Featured Image” at the top of the post. I jumped ahead of the photowalk group to have a photo shoot around St Theresa Church alone.  I’m glad I did as when the main group showed up, no pictures were allowed, outside or inside.  Hmmm.  Here is the RH side entrance with an 8mm Fisheye.  Distortion retained.
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4) Take a tree, start a local temple for prayer and add an Auto Stand for good luck.
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5) Shot up into the trees capturing the morning sunlight varying in intensity across the green leaves.  Being Fall, the one season I miss the most from Midwest US, I added a touch of fall colors.
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6)  Another shot looking into to St. Teresa Church.  Love the wood grain revealed in the two doors.
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7)  This is shot again with an 8mm fisheye lens with the distortion removed.  The RAW file was taken to ON1 Photo10 (soon to be ON1 RAW) with a B&W filter where you can manage different colors, i.e. drop the luminance of the blue sky to get the Ansel Adams Red Filter look.  My favorite image from the photowalk.
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8)  Here the morning light lit up the coconuts in the palm tree just right as if a spotlight was used.  May take this to B&W later to capture the tonal range and blue sky potential.
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9)  Another Street Portrait, yet this time I had the gentleman sit in his “Ambassador”, an Indian Icon.
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10) Trying B&W again with this store front display.  Notice the reflection seen in the top half.
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11) Again, B&W with the bright blue sky turned black against this white stucco house.

Early Morning Walk – Arulmigu Kapaeeswarar Temple, Mylapore

Thank you for stopping by Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

We’ve included 15 images  with a short narrative of each image in sharing our life experiences from South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).   For the first time, I strolled around the inside of Arulmigu Kapaeeswarar Temple as my previous 10+ visits where only  along the outer perimeter as always the crowds were too much.  I’m glad I stopped in this time.

On G+, FB… please click on the link to my photoblog to view the rest of the story.  If you like what you see, feel free to share on the social media of your choice.

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Note: You can right-click to open the image in another tab to view in a larger size / resolution, right-click to download if you heart desires…  your call.

Photowalk Route – 2.4km

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Photowalk Image Gallery – Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple

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1) Sunrise above the Temple Tank Mylapore.  Add a starburst flare with the camera stopped down to f/22 plus as an added feature – red lens flare for free.
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2)  Inside looking out with an 8mm fisheye lens.
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3)  Pictures were allowed yet never for any idol in any temple .
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4) I’d like to thank this gentleman for sharing the history behind the temple – very interesting.  At the end, I asked if I could take his portrait, no problem.
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5)  Using a film VanDyke Brown look, here is the morning sunrise in Mylapore as seen in the Featured Image.
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6) Had an enjoyable conversation with these two gentlemen before I asked to take their portrait.
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7)  Using the 8mm fisheye again, it appears these five idols are “dancing”.
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8)  The main entrance of the temple in Fujifilm Acros B&W.  A little dodge & burn on the side to guide the fewer from the foreground to the background.
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9)  Elephant Fun Time – Smile
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10)  The 8mm fisheye lens is back.
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11)  The Temple Tower main entrance as seen from the outside, note recently re-painted.
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12)  Another temple tank sunrise.
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13)  Looking up the Temple Tower, look at the detail.
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14)  Temple Portrait in B&W.
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15) Looking up at Idols stacked upon each other.

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500 PX Photowalk at Marina Beach 2016-09-18

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

Please enjoy the following 10 images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

On G+, FB… please click on the link to my photoblog to view the rest of the story.  If you like what you see, feel free to share on the social media of your choice.

Note: You can right-click to open the image in another tab to view in a larger size / resolution, right-click to download if you heart desires…  your call.

Note: Red-colored text is a link for more information, i.e. Wikipedia, YouTube, Map…

Photowalk Route at Marina Beach

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The meeting point was at the Gandhi statue after that it’s go where you want then meet back 2 hours later at the starting point. Headed to the “Pigeon Covey” – 1000+.

Image Gallery

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1) During the morning golden hour, we see an 8mm fisheye look.  See the morning yoga class to the left?
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2) Applied a VanDyke Brown look to these two Marina Beach Horse Patrol – Old approach, Effective approach.
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3) Shot just as he was waking up, eyes just opening.
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4) Again the 8mm fisheye lens with these pigeon covey active on the beach feeding on the fresh bird feed provided by the locals.  Went on for an hour as they flew up and flew back down over and over.
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5) Gandhi Statue looking north.  Yes the 8mm fisheye again.
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6) Mr Pigeon Patrol at Work – Move with caution as one is threatened to leave.  Public beach – not today.
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7) Looking to the sunrise as the pigeons continue to feed.
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8)  Teacher and Student boxing lessons.
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9)Sunrise over Ghandi
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10) State Emblem of India – Four Headed Lion,  symbolizing power, courage, confidence, and pride,

Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-11

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

Please enjoy the following 22 images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

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A friend found this brick with my initials.  I supposed one could look a lifetime for a match and never be successful.  Thanks for the “SMK Brick“.
On G+, FB… please click on the link to my photoblog to view the rest of the story.  If you like what you see, feel free to share on the social media of your choice.
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Keep an eye out for the pesky Bearista Bear.

The Chennai Photowalk Facebook group coordinates 2 walks per month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday early in the morning (~6:15am) to beat the day’s heat.  I’ve been very lucky to have observed various locations across Chennai that I would have never explored given no immediate need.  I suppose this is true for any photowalk, anywhere.

Photowalk Route

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This was one of the longest photowalks over the last 2+years, i.e. 5.47 km. Enjoyed every minute as we ventured into Burma Colony hit heavy by flooding last Dec’15. The Adyar River went over the banks by 12′.  Hope this doesn’t repeat.

Photowalk Sights Along the Way

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1) A young “MGR” look. As I was taking a fisheye shot of the temple statue, this young boy with shades jumped in for his picture. How could you not take a push the shutter release.
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2) All smiles and missing a tooth – what happiness is made of.
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3) Frame Within a Frame. Love the story here as Photowalkers tour around the temple followed by the local temple cow, the boy sits outside the entryway.
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4) Madras War Cemetary: Our photowalk group of 20+ was not allowed in initially to the cemetery so I had to shoot from afar, ~200′.
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5) B&W of the Madras War Cemetery
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6) Faces of Chennai: This elderly lady had no issue with a photo especially after I gave here a Fujifilm Instax print on the spot.
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7) Capturing the moment as the lady of the house sitting in the shadows wonders what the heck is this guy doing. A VanDyke Brown look.
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8) Faces of Chennai: An unposed Street Portrait as this gentleman as he wonders what the heck all these photographers are doing on my street.
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9) A bluebird day with a blue sky and white puffy clouds above this local temple tower.
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10) Caught in the action of smiling generously as she was bringing in the paper to her father.
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11) The local temple drum band waits for the loading of their Ganesha onto a truck headed to the sea for immersion.
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12) Mother and Daughter of the house in the Burma Colony were all smiles for passer byes.
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13) At the local temple seen in other images, we ran into a wedding party. Here the girls are greeting attendees to traditional Indian welcoming items. Somehow Bearista Bear jumped in the scene to steal the show again.
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14) An alleyway in Burma Colony looking out to the Adyar River between houses.
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15) Darn, just as I was taking this image of the colorful warrior, Bearista Bear jumped in the foreground with the auto-focus on him and blurring the background. Oh well.
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16) Angala Easwari Muneeswarar Aalayam – Click Me
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17) Veludharan. Stay alert.
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18) Dec 2015 flooding (water-logging) brought the Adyar River 12′ above the already 15′ banks. Click and watch the video.  The trash shown here is what’s left from the terrible flooding.
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19) Here at the start of the photowalk, a local temple provided very colorful, highly textured idols.
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20) Of course, one trash pile becomes another’s treasure or meal in this case. Along the Aydar River in Burma Colony, post Dec-15 Big Flood.
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21) The same local temple with three in a row.
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22) A different, drive-in temple. Here this Devotee is leaving after completing his plan.

Ganesha Immersion at Foreshore Estate Beach 2016-09-11

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

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Transitioning from a Nikon D810 to Fujifilm XPro-2 Rangefinder Camera with Fujinon Lenses, see Gear/SW Page.
Please enjoy the images and stories they tell from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).
Note: You can right-click to open the image in another tab to view in greater size / resolution, download if you heart desires…  your call.

The Ganesh(a) Festival ends with an immersion into the sea after being worshipped over a period of days at home and/or local temple.  A final pooja (prayer) is perfomred ahead of immersion.

Here, I’ve captured a local temple with a 30′ pineapple Ganesha and the sequence of immersion into the sea at Foreshore Estate Beach in Chennai.

Local Pineapple Ganesha

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At a T-Intersection near work, there’s a small, local temple which erected a “Pineapple Ganesha”. I had to stop and take a shot of the morning traffic jam of people on foot, bike, two-wheeler, car, truck… going to work. This image is processed in Fujifilm Velvia film simulation giving the bright rich colors and shot with an 8mm fisheye lens.
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“Pineapple Ganesha”. Look at the detail involved in putting this together with the lines of the trunk, the RH broken tusk used to write a book by Ganesha… Well Done. PS Haven’t figured out how the “eye” is made.
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Here individual and/or family terra-cotta Ganesha from Monday’s home Pooja sit next to the Pineapple Ganesha waiting for a ride to the sea and immersion.
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Sometimes the best image is behind you, just look. Here with my 8mm fisheye, I caught this bus passing as I turned around. Not until I saw the image in LR did I realize the reflection I captured. Cool.

Immersion Photowalk Route

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An interesting route I took around the beach and cranes watching trucks arriving with Ganesha immersed. Yes, I got wet to my knees getting the shot.

Ganesha Immersion Sequenced

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Thr trucks arrive from all over Chennai’s neighborhood temples and line up for “Ganesha Disembarkment”. Here volunteers assist the temple devotees. If the Ganesha is too large, then the crane is used to lift it up and out to the beach.
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Here the Ganesha is off-loaded and carried by 6-8 devotees to the sea’s edge for a final Pooja ahead of immersion.
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This hand erected wooden tower for police surveillance as the crowds grow is being used my 5 boys intensely watching the event. What memories are made of.
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A VanDyke Brown image showing as the crane drops of its prize, i.e. a huge black and gold Ganesha.
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The Purple / Yellow colors pop with Fujifilm’s Velvia film simulation applied. Another Ganesha being off-loaded for immersion.
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This larger paper mache Ganesha statue is being whisked thru the air to the edge of the sea.
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Here’s one of two cranes used all day to off-load 2,615 Ganesha for immersion, i.e. the local police’s limit for immersion. Again an 8mm fisheye lens. Distortion is just part of the story.
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Here a local fisherman’s boat is used to take the Ganesha far out into the sea by three adventurers.
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This Velvia Film simulation has lovely colors and detail. My favorite image depicting the final moments before immersion.
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Here a temple devotee takes this smaller Ganesha to sea, isn’t he having fun. – all smiles.
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Immersion complete as the waves come in to finish the work.
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Oh yes, some of these paper mache Ganesha statues fall apart with body parts being used in a joyful way for the Immersion.

PSM Ganesh Chaturthi Photowalk 2016-09-05

Great to have you visit Dashan Sheying, Big Mountain Photography and encourage you to “Follow” along on the sites, culture and people of south India.

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi, a family festival for Ganesha, i.e. The Remover of Obstacles.

Note: Be on the lookout for Bearista Bear amongst the Ganesha

PSM Photowalk Route in Mylapore

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A short photowalk yet full of people and action.

Today’s Photowalk Images

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A local temple Ganesha with a garland
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Ganesh Chaturthi Umbrellas
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Green Ganesha
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Umbrella Saleswoman
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Ganesha Ready for Home
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Bearista Bear Surrounded by Ganesha
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Having a Good Day
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Umbrellas For Sale

George Town, Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-04

Great to have you stop by for another photoblog post depicting my times in here in South India with the colors, friendly people and rich culture.

If you choose (and we wish you will) to keep updated, please “FOLLOW” along.

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Me in a Self-Reflection

 

 

Please enjoy the images and the story we visualized at the George Town Photowalk.

Note: Be on the lookout for “Bearista Bear” as it’s been known to enjoy photowalks.

 

 

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Fujifilm Instax SP-2 Printer. I handed out 10 prints on this Photowalk. To smiling faces and wide open eyes.

Chennai’s Most Serious Photographers (CMSP) Google+ Community Photowalk Route

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For the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk on Saturday, October 1st, we decided to follow the exact route in George Town this morning.

We headed north on Malayaperumal Street from the starting point at the corner of NSC Bose Street immediately surrounded by Fruit and Vegetable street vendors.  This was the longest portion of the walk given all the street photography opportunities.

We continued north until Audiappa Naicken St and turned left headed west.  Here the rickshaws (not Autos) were numerous.  At Godown Street, we turned left back to NSC Bose Street – not much activity on this “Textile Street this morning.

Reaching NSC Bose Street again we turned right headed for another right turn on Govindappan Naicken St (Electrical Goods Street) with a quick left turn on Kasi Chetty Street turning left again on Narayana Mudali Street back to NSC Bose Street again.  We now in Sowcarpet, having left George Town.

Now a right turn headed towards South Mint Street where we make our final turn (RH) towards our end point traversing another Fruit and Vegetable Market and a beautiful Jain Temple.  Personal Note for Oct 1st: Should have picked up some onions as they don’t get any fresher.

There are still openings left for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk in George Town, Chennai.  Sign-up Here.

Used this opportunity to test our a new Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye II Lens for my Fujifilm XPro-2.  Awesome addition.  Lens distortion corrected here and there but not always.

On a side note, during the photowalk I pointed out a mouse behind the shopkeeper.  He looked and held his hands a foot apart signifying the mother of all rats.  Glad to have missed that fellow.

Street Photography Fisheye Images

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Vegetable Vendor under Ganesha
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Purple Eggplant Vendor – Friendly Guy.

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A Fujifilm Special Film Simulation
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The Evil Eye.
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All Alone

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Talk to my Friend
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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, MGR
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Elephant Gate Police Watch Tower – Vacant
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Hot Green Pepper Vendor – Great Smile
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Time for a lube job, yes really.. See the oil bottle next to his left foot.
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All smiles.
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Cricket Team looking for a pickup match.
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Berry (unknown) Vendor
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Neighborhood Shrine

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Sorry, this rickshaw is taken.
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Lookout – Rickshaw Coming Thru
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All-In-One Shopping

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival – Readiness Check at Kosapet

Glad to have you back again as our South India adventure continues.  

Hope you enjoy the images and the story behind.   If you choose (and we wish you will) to keep updated, please “FOLLOW” along.

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story we saw at Kosapet – Ganesha Idols

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Ganesh Chaturthi: A Hindu Festival like no other celebrated each year over 10-days but what is Ganesh Chaturthi and why it is celebrated?  Click Here.

I ventured over to Kosapet in the early morning to observe the final preparation of the Ganesh (Ganesha) Idols for purchasing which will later be immersed in the sea.  I’ll be there at Foreshore Estate Beach where 1000s gather to finalize the festival sometime within the next 2 weeks.

Have a look out for the Bearista Bear who at times has been known to sneak into the photo.

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Ganesh Trio
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Hand Rinsed Laundry
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Locked Door
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Bearista Bear Sneak Visit
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Rickshaw Driver Open for Business
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Ganesh All Lined Up
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Take a Break Under the Eyes of Ganesha
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Alley-Way Temple
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Buy Me, Immerse Me
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Open Door
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Bearista Bear and his Lady Friends
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Saloon and Spa for Ladies
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Small Ganesh Lined Up

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