Photographers’ Conference

Conference Call
Conference Call

Photographers in action in front of a wall painting which proclaims the All India Young Women’s Meet by a leftist youth organization. At Periamet, Chennai.

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Leela Palace Hotel

Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge
Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge

The water in Adyar river at the broken bridge is usually not a great sight. However on a Sunday morning during daybreak, the water, and the Leela Palace hotel in MRC Nagar in the background was an interesting photo subject. Of course, some tweaking on  Lightroom and Nik collections helped enhance the subjects.

Stealing the Fisherman’s Catch

 

Crow and the Catch
Crow and the Catch

This crow is obviously having it easy, having caught a fish off the fisherman’s net. A scene from the Marina Beach, Chennai.

 

Hoping for a Better Day

 

Eyeing the rising sun
Eyeing the rising sun

This old man had just got up on a Saturday morning at the Marina beach to view the glorious sunrise over Bay of Bengal.

 

Fad for Fitness

Fad for fitness
Fad for fitness

Fitness freaks are in all age groups. And all sizes – whether they are fat or not. Here is a group on the Marina Chennai which calls itself the Fat Fit Group.

 

Woman Devotee

Woman Devotee in matted hair
Woman Devotee in matted hair

This woman in matted hair was spotted in Triplicane near the Parthasarathy Temple just before the Ther festival.

 

Mudhol Hounds

Mudhol hounds and trainer
Mudhol hounds and trainer
The Mudhol hounds are in the news now for the right and wrong reasons.
These hounds are native to the Bagalkot  Dt of Karnataka. The Ghorpades, the rulers of the minor state of Mudhol were instrumental in selective breeding of this indigenous breed. http://www.frontline.in/other/the-hounds-of-mudhol/article7298432.ece
This hardy breed has been introduced into the Indian Army recently.
I first came to know about these hounds 12 years ago in a Dog show in Chennai conducted by the Kennel Club of India.  The above picture was taken then with Canon Powershot S3 IS.
That was the time when pugs were becoming popular thanks to the iconic Hutch ad, but the Mudhol Hounds and the turbaned minders stood out.

Ganesan, the Crab Harvester

Ganesan with his crabs
Ganesan with his crabs

Ganesan harvests crabs for a living. On the beach near the broken bridge and Adyar river mouth, he digs deep into the sand and collects crabs with his bare hands. He neuters the claws of the captive crabs with his deft fingers and packs them in a bag for the market. He says he gets about Rs.300 for a bag of about 15 to 20 medium-sized crabs. He added that he can get crabs throughout the year irrespective of the season.

This hardworking man was happy to pose for the battery of photographers during the photo walk. He was happier to receive a few rupees from us as a token of thanks.

 

Digging deep
Digging deep

 

Innocent Laughter

Innocent Laughter
Innocent Laughter

A little girl dancing with gay abandon at a Pongal Vizha, a village festival in Chennai, India. She is accompanied by dancers dressed as a peacock and a bull as well as traditional percussion instruments in the background.