Salt Farming in Tamil Nadu, India

Welcome to my latest photoblog post on “Salt Farming“, a livelihood over many of 100s of years, maybe 1000s.  Hope you enjoy these images and the story behind the scenes.

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From the little information I gathered, here’s a short explanation behind the scenes of Salt Farming in Tamil Nadu.

  • The sea flows inland where the salt waters are pumped into a very large (acres) holding area raising the water temperatures for a salt brine formation over 25 days .
  • This brine water flows into small paddies for the salt to crystallize over three days with various valves and channels.
  • At this point, the men who work from 7:00am-1:30pm rake the salt crystals from the bottom of the water and onto the edge where it drains for a day.
  • The women (who do the heavily lifting everywhere in India) lift and carry the salt in a woven basket weighing 25-30 kgs creating the large piles of unrefined, coarse salt.  Back and forth they go, from 7:00am to 10:00am Mon-Sat.
  • The salt is later bagged (~80-100kg bags) and loaded on a lorry (truck).
  • A state government sales agent purchases the salt at Rs100-200 ($1.50-$3.00 USD) per bag.
  • The land is leased from the state for the farmer’s use all-year long with the hotter months (Apr-Oct) being most productive.

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Golden Triangle – Day 2 in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Started off Day 2 with a drive north from the hotel thru the city stopping first at the South Gate to the Jaipur, “The Pink City”.

The color is more a Jaipur Peach, but okay it’s a Jaipur Pink.  See Featured Image.

Here are some images from our travels thru the city.

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Here’s a Gallery of Jaga Shiromani Temple Images:

Ventured up to Amer Fort.  Here’s a Gallery of Images from looking up, within and looking out:

Off to Agra to the NE, the home of the Taj Mahal.  More tomorrow.

Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple Festival – Mar 16

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.DaShanSheYing-1110

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.


Chennai’s Own “Royal Enfield” – The Bullet

India’s coolest motorcycle with it’s own rolling thunder that would bring a smile to even a Harley rider: Royal Enfield

The above “Featured Image” is shot in Infrared at 720nm – Good looking image yet the B&W conversion below is why I believe Infrared rocks with high tonal range and high contrasts.


PSM Photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market – Part I

If you’re wondering, PSM stands for the

“Photographic Society of Madras” founded in 1857:

Today’s photowalk began at 6:00am sharp with the yellow-orange sunrise greeting us over the harbor.  Great photo opportunities amongst the fishing boats docked tightly together with their water reflections.  We started at the Green Arrow and walked east then south towards the fish market (at the 2 km marker).  Finishing 2.5 hours later and 3.5+ km walked at the Red Arrow, see map below.

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