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Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Village Women carrying Water
Category: Vintage India

Gundulpet is one of my favourite places - not just because of beautiful and colorful landscapes or hardworking people wearing colorful cloths, but also because of the frequency at which I pass through this place :) Here is yet another picture of the villagers from Gundulpet:

Saw these women carrying water when I had stopped to shoot the Marigold fields (see 'Marigold Fields'). Gundulpet has a few lakes which serves for the water requirement (including irrigation) in the area. I had the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens fitted on the camera and peeped out of the car for these shots. The camera mode was set to Av and the light was fading. The camera meter returned a 1/100s exposure at ISO-800 and f/8. It was not enough for the 400mm lens, but with the car window for support, I did get a decent shot without any blur. I am quite liking the support from the car window. Guess, its effect is compareable to a monopod!

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Wednesday, 22 July 2009 - 3:12 PM

Name: "Rakesh Holla"
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Oh...!!! Really all snaps are beautiful...

No word to say...

Excellent work Sandeep...

Keep on...



Wednesday, 22 July 2009 - 5:45 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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I wish they would have had access to tap water.

Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 1:29 PM

Name: "Bhavesh Chhatbar"
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Yes indeed it can be considered as a monopod support. That gave you quite a still photograph at 1/100, otherwise you may had needed 1/400 at least without IS.

By the way, are fixed focal length lenses cheaper than the variable ones? I have a 55-250 mm lens, but need more zooming power not at a high cost.

Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 10:56 PM

Name: "John Maslowski"
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Stunning image of these two working women. Amazing how they can carry these things. Lovely colorful clothing. Great shot!

Friday, 24 July 2009 - 1:24 AM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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beautiful! i also happened to vist a village last week and the beauty of a village and its people is just somethign else! this image has a feel to it!

Friday, 24 July 2009 - 3:56 AM

Name: "Ripudaman "
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Nice Capture! beautiful...

Friday, 24 July 2009 - 3:46 PM

Name: "rocksea"
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just out of curisoity, aprrox. how far do they have to carry the pots from the lake to their homes?

 hope you and preetha and the little one are keeping good.

Saturday, 25 July 2009 - 12:38 AM

Name: "Rajesh"
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Very nice snap. The countryside is green and beautifil. But sadly I wish people had basic amneties to help them with daily life.

Saturday, 25 July 2009 - 12:42 AM

Name: "Ashwathy Nair"
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Fantastic image, Sandeep!  

One of the best parts about roadtrips is getting to shoot images like these. I can totally relate to the car-window thing. Have done it a lot of times myself! Did I tell you I am an avid roadtrip junkie. When I lived in Pune, we used to take roadtrips to Kerala every year !   


Tuesday, 4 August 2009 - 10:06 PM

Name: "Dinesh"
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Nice capture!

Saturday, 8 August 2009 - 8:26 AM

Name: "Ram"
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This is a brilliant capture...

Love the Clolors, great DoF

Like this much. 

Monday, 5 October 2009 - 10:23 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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Rakesh: Thnx buddy and welcome here

Mridula: Sadly, tap water is still a luxuary in most parts of India

Bhavesh: Theoritically prime lenses can be cheaper and should give better image quality. But, in telephoto range (above 300mm) zooms are almost absent atleast in Canon's lens list. At these focal lengths, even the primes are extremely costly :( I am using one of the cheapest available @ 400mm. And yes, its abt $300 cheaper than the 100-400mm, but then, the 100-400mm is equipped with IS :) There are some cheaper telephoto lenses available (70-300 IS/non-IS, 75-300 ... etc) and there is a 300mm prime. These are the only cheaper options than the 400mm

John: Indeed, its amazing to see the capabilities of many villagers, some carry heavy load and some walk miles and some can climb steep hills in no time :)

Joshi: Cudnt agree more and I'd been seeing the results in ur blog. Keep them coming :)


Ripudaman: Thnx buddy

Roxy: I guess its a few kms atleast. Yes, all three of us are doing well :) Thnx for asking

Rajesh: I agree, Rajesh

Ashwathy: Nice to see some one with similar tastes :) I too luv hitting the road ... anytime anyday :)

Dinesh: Thnx

Ram: Tnx Ram and welcome here

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