Travel: India

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It’s been a long time since I made a post on here, but I’d really like to start using it more. I just got back from a week-long trip to India with my family, and I thought a post with some pictures and the thoughts behind them could be cool.

I love traveling. I love seeing how different other places are aesthetically, culturally, in the places they choose to piss, etc. It’s always amazing to me how abnormal another place’s norm is to me.

India is amazing to me for its density. The sheer number of people meant I always felt like I was missing photographs; there was always so much going on. In seven days, we saw four different cities: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Varanasi, and the quickness of the travel and the amount of time we spent in cars just passing by meant I saw a million things going on. It made my head spin, and it was all so beautiful. I did my best to capture the hectic wonder of India with the time I had, but I know I could spend a long, long time there documenting.

Among the many street-photography-style photos I took, I also took some portraits with strobes with the assistance of my dad as light stand. I’ll briefly talk about their setups.

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First, we went to Delhi:

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Next, we were off to Jaipur:

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I took a lit photo of this dog using a  Lumopro 160 into a Lumiquest III mini-softbox (my go-to setup for this trip when I used strobes) to camera left.

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Here, I shot my first portrait. We visited a place where a lot of block printed fabrics were made, and one of the men who was doing the printing had the most incredible face and hands, and I had to ask him. He couldn’t speak at all, but nodded when I motioned to my camera and pointed at him. I took some photos while he worked with a Lumopro 160 into a Lumiquest III mini-softbox, and then motioned to his face, and again he nodded. I posed how I wanted him to, pressing my hands around my face, and he mimicked. I took a few, holding the softbox overhead,  and was just amazed by how expressive his face was.

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Then, Agra:

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And finally, Varanasi:

Same process for both of these portraits as before, as neither person could speak English. I just motioned, and they nodded back at me. For the first, I had the same a Lumopro 160 into a Lumiquest III mini-softbox to camera left.

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For the second, it was held to the right.

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Again, really a special experience. I hope my photos spoke well to the beautiful, chaotic, enchanting place that is India.

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