December 15, 2009

Candid Photos from India #12

The forts, museums, temples and mosque of India were all quite revealing, but, for my money, give me a good local market. Walking through all the open air markets was a treat to all the senses. Each turn offered something different.

In today’s photo, I wanted to capture the overall environment. The lady was very particular about her vegetables. She would carefully rearrange everything after each customer had sorted through the various offerings. I was not really surprised by the high quality of vegetables that I saw throughout India, since most Indian meals are primarily composed of vegetables.


Camera settings: Nikon D200, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 at 45mm shot at ISO 400, f/5.6 and 1/30th of a second.

Post Processing:

Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added clarity and reduced noise.

Photoshop—used a curves layer to reduce brightness of two door openings within photo.


  1. Very nice Larry. Good choice on including her environment. It adds a great pallet of color and texture and anchors the shopkeeper. How many more do you have in this series? Looks like a great group for a BAPC Body of Work presentation.

  2. The photo has lots of color and lines that draw you into the image. Hope you got a few shots of that door in the background.

  3. The colors, the activity and the setting are so typical of India. Again, good work capturing what India is all about.

  4. Outstanding environmental portrait.
    Charles M

  5. Wish you would do a few more like this one. It seems to tell me a little more about India.