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Title: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 20:48:47
11.5 hours time difference to my home, 30+ hours air journey to get to the technology capital in India, the city of Bangalore, with 12 million inhabitants

I was there on a business trip arrived on a Saturday at 1 am, and I had the weekend to go shooting, brought the V1 with the 18.5mm f1.8 lens and 2 batteries.

Traffic is scary for unaccustomed visitor
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although during the week I was there neither I or any of the others traveling with me saw any traffic accidents, quite remarkable, I compare the flow in the streets to a trail of ants, constant and unstoppable, flexible around obstacles, and the noise is a constant cacophony of horns, engines, and other noises that can feel overwhelming

Many women dress in their traditional clothes
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and can make a great addition to shots of  traditional buildings, this is the Tipu sultan palace
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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 20:57:53
next to the sultan's palace is the Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/India-Bangalore-January-2019/i-39BmcV7/0/91fffee1/X2/_DSC0329-X2.jpg)

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Woman selling flowers outside the temple
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The Bangalore palace
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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on February 03, 2019, 21:01:35
Very nice pictures. Very good compositions and colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 21:02:35
Lalbagh flower exhibition, while the taxi driver indicated multiple times it was going to be very crowded , we insisted to try to visit, here are a few shots of the grounds as we approached the exhibition , and as we retreated after seeing the lines to go in
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selfi
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we did it as weel, I'm on the left of the selfi
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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 21:13:47
On sunday we walked through the streets towards russel market , and commercial street
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/India-Bangalore-January-2019/i-M66KBXw/0/fcba178f/X2/DSC_0488-X2.jpg)

the tourists (my team mates)
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crossing the streets is an art, except at traffic lights
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Walked back to the hotel for lunch and went out again in the other direction , this time to the city market
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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 21:18:21
The center of the market building is used to sell flowers
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/India-Bangalore-January-2019/i-Ck8c5PF/0/5a7217fd/X2/DSC_0573_1-X2.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/India-Bangalore-January-2019/i-6TCHnfh/0/1305ba49/X2/DSC_0565-X2.jpg)

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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 03, 2019, 21:20:19
view from the hotel
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from the bar terrace the night before starting the journey back home
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Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Ann on February 03, 2019, 23:01:49
This is such an interesting account and your wonderfully colourful photographs bring it all to life.
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: CS on February 04, 2019, 00:05:27
Very nice, Armando, Ann is right. For some reason I'm drawn to the last image. I don't want to say that it's other wordly, but it is very interesting to me, and doesn't appear to be from the same lot as the rest. OTOH, what do I know?
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on February 04, 2019, 00:08:43
Armando this is a great series, I have no real fav,but like most the flower market from above
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 04, 2019, 05:08:08
Thank you Ann Thomas and Carl

The modern mall is about a 20minute walk from the city market
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 04, 2019, 05:10:17
Very nice pictures. Very good compositions and colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Bent
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: tommiejeep on February 04, 2019, 06:05:19
Armando, the V1 served you well.  Very good collection of images.  Nice and varied.  My first memories of India, deplaning in Calcutta in 1971 (long before air conditioned Arrival Gates ) was the blast of heat and the smells.   After finding a Taxi it was the number of people and the traffic (scary).  Very similar to my arrival in Saigon 1968 and Mexico City , also in 1971  ;) .
Cheers,
Tom
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: John Geerts on February 04, 2019, 07:04:35
Great series, Armando. What a colours on the market and streets!!
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Akira on February 04, 2019, 07:19:47
Am enjoying amazing street scenes with abundant colors.  Thank you for sharing, Armando!  Love the florists shots!
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Frank Fremerey on February 04, 2019, 08:21:59
Interesting reporting. What are the differences to Mexico?
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Fons Baerken on February 04, 2019, 08:59:16
Great series Armando, fantastic colours.
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: pluton on February 04, 2019, 09:02:55
Great series Armando, fantastic colours.
These were my thoughts also. 
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Hugh_3170 on February 04, 2019, 11:01:20
Great sets of images Armando - thank you for sharing.  The composition, colours, and the liveliness of the subjects have all been nicely combined to make these images jump out from the screen.

You seem to be able to extract excellent images from the V1.  So sad that Nikon failed to promote its 1 Series and KeyMission camera lines and left them to wither.  Sort of snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in both instances.  Very strange behaviours for me to understand.
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Olivier on February 04, 2019, 11:43:18
Great series, Armando! I love your views on the markets.
I also had a chance to visit Bangalore and Mysore in December (a much shorter trip from Singapore!) and was very impressed.
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 04, 2019, 15:59:30
Tommie , weather at this time of the year was only slightly warmer than home and less cool in the mornings, traffic is certainly different, and yes there are a lot of smells in the streets, or almost anywhere, one of the teem members described it as a very odorous experience
John, right, amazing colors all over
Akira, the flower market with the abundance of color, merchandise and busy merchants was the highlight of my street wanderings
Frank, thanks for commenting the differences I'll try to describe in a separate post
Fons, Pluton, thank you
Hugh, thanks I did try to keep a decent composition
Olivier, you did make it to Mysore ! The locals suggested it but thinking of additional 4 hrs after just landing was discarded and the whole group just stayed in Bangalore
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 04, 2019, 16:26:50
Interesting reporting. What are the differences to Mexico?
Frank , my answer would be based on my short experience in India, only 6 days, and only in Bangalore

Bangalore is considered the technology capital of India, and Guadalajara (GDL) in Mexico may be considered the same
Bangalore has 12+ million inhabitants, Guadalajara has 5 million
Weather in January is slightly warmer in Bangalore, reaching 30C and 15C in the mornings, Gdl is in the 20s and below 10 in the mornings
The streets in general are cleaner in Gdl
Horn is not used nearly as much in Mexico
Women use their traditional dress much more in India than in Mexico
A large market in Mexico in general keeps produce and merchandise on tables above the ground
Cows are not free on the street in Mexico
India has kept their original religions, Mexico is now mostly catholic
Food in India is cheaper, portions are very generous and flavors are intense and delicious, their spicy food is hotter than in Mexico, I gained weight during the week in India
Our hosts in India were very warm and looked into every of our needs, I felt at home
People at work are very capable and professional
Traffic in India while appears chaotic is fluid, tolerant and adapts quickly to unforeseen events, the horn is used as a mean of prevention to let other drivers know where you are, this at low speeds works very well with little traffic jams, drivers in Mexico are intolerant and have a sense of a right to be where they are, often resulting in aggression and traffic jams whenever there is the slightest disturbance to normality on the road
They wobble their heads making their body language some times confusing
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Akira on February 05, 2019, 02:08:04
Armando, I also enjoy your observation of the street of Bangalore in comparison to that of GDL.

I love Indian food but was kind of shocked to know its spice is hotter than that of Mexican food!  Yes, many Indian restarurants seves very hot food here in Japan as well, but I've always avoid those "authentic" ones.   :o :o :o
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Anirban Halder on February 13, 2019, 04:48:39
Your photos made me so happy Armando. I wish I was there in Bangalore to show you around especially the lesser known nooks. Food in every states of India are very different from another. Bangalore being more of a cosmopolitan city, you get to try quite a few different styles of Indian cuisines.
I am glad you visited Bangalore and had an unique experience. Hope it was enjoyable in-spite of all the honks and pollution. :)
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Akira on February 13, 2019, 05:18:03
Your photos made me so happy Armando. I wish I was there in Bangalore to show you around especially the lesser known nooks. Food in every states of India are very different from another. Bangalore being more of a cosmopolitan city, you get to try quite a few different styles of Indian cuisines.
I am glad you visited Bangalore and had an unique experience. Hope it was enjoyable in-spite of all the honks and pollution. :)

Hey, Anirban, long time no see!  How are you?  Hope you would visit and post more!
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: armando_m on February 14, 2019, 04:00:21
Your photos made me so happy Armando. I wish I was there in Bangalore to show you around especially the lesser known nooks. Food in every states of India are very different from another. Bangalore being more of a cosmopolitan city, you get to try quite a few different styles of Indian cuisines.
I am glad you visited Bangalore and had an unique experience. Hope it was enjoyable in-spite of all the honks and pollution. :)
Thank you Anirban !
It was indeed enjoyable
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Anirban Halder on February 24, 2019, 15:32:51
Hey, Anirban, long time no see!  How are you?  Hope you would visit and post more!
I am good Akira. Hope everyone here at NG is doing well as well. I will be back soon!  :)
Title: Re: Bangalore India
Post by: Jacques Pochoy on February 24, 2019, 19:54:58
They wobble their heads making their body language some times confusing

*Chuckles* That goes for Bengal too, and  many other parts of the country ! I hope you could see some traditional dance (with bangels and Al). Those dance codes are a complete language (including the wobbling head  ;) ) and some of those codes can be found on Etruscan tomb sculptures, easily read by top level Indian dancers  8)