December 3, 2009

Candid Photos from India #4

Although people praying is the most common scene that I observed while taking the boat ride, you also saw many people doing ordinary things, like washing dishes, doing laundry or even bathing.

In this photo, I really like two things: the ordinary act of this man washing his lunch pale and the eye contact between him and the camera. That’s everything that I wanted to show in this image.


Camera settings: Nikon D200, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 155mm shot at ISO 100, f/5.6 and 1/100th of a second.

Post Processing:

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

Photoshop—used nik Color Efex Pro to add contrast to selected parts of the image and then increased overall saturation of colors slightly.


  1. So when you wash a cup in the river is it cleaner when you are finished than it was when you started? (Sorry...I'm feeling philosophical today)

    This photo has a lot of photojournalistic value for me. It is interesting to see such an up close and personal view of this aspect of daily life in India.

    Well done!

  2. I find the whole photo very revealing. It shows how different things are in India versus the US. I really like how the man seems to be totally relaxed but yet curious of you taking his picture. Nice tones.

  3. A different view of life in India. Hard to image people washing plates in such a river. Good job showing normal life.

  4. Love this photo. Colors and subject's expression is great.
    Nice work.

  5. I am from India and am enjoying your photos. They show that India is more than temples.

  6. Not sure about this one. What is the point to the photo?
    Charles M