India is a dream destination to photographers. At least I’ve heard. It is just one of the must visit places if you think photography seriously. I do think my photography career seriously, so I had a high hopes before I came to India. India is a land like no other (although this is the slogan of Sri Lanka Tourism Board…). The colour, religion, architecture, cows… but most of all, I was interested in getting great portraits of people of India. I was never good at taking portraits, but I didn’t have any interest, really. I started my photography career as an astronomical photo (long-exposure star-trail photo) with a mechanical camera, and didn’t spend much time taking pictures of people except school events. That’s why I’m so into wide-angle lens with low f (hence, my main gear has been Tokina 11-16mm for last four years.)
It’s been a month since I landed in New Delhi. Before I came, I was determined to take more portraits. So I did it, I purchased a new lens (Nikkor 18-105), for the first time in four years. Very satisfied so far, I might add. You can be the judge of that from these photos. Even though India was giving me a hard time, I’m very happy with some of the fine photography I got. Most of the people had quite deep eyes, and implicit smiles. I will have more opportunities (I have to make more opportunities, really) in next two months, especially in more holy towns, but here are photos of people of India I met so far. I’m actually enjoying taking pictures of people on the street, more than the pilgrims. Hope to have more series of portraits.