With the idea of a 2017 India photo tour workshop, I trekked through Kerala, India with a series of talented, local guides by car, bike and foot. It’s an amazing place with infinite opportunities to shoot everything from the local color, to massive terraced tea plantations and Chinese fishing nets, and wild elephants and tigers (which are pretty rare – I didn’t see one).
I would have posted during my time here but after I left Oman, there was limited 3G and WiFi and a schedule that kept me constantly on the move.
Between the wildlife and scenery, and especially the people, there’s a rhythm to life in India so totally different to anything I’ve experienced before. And now that I’m back in NYC and beginning to sift through my thousands of captures, I’ll write some belated posts with scenes from what might become the target locations of a 2017 Lightroom Guy India photo tour.
In Cochin, I walked across the street from my hotel at 8AM to find the fish market hopping and an abundance of photo-ops. Weathered faces of fishermen, the auctions, feral cats, crows, and all the fresh fish on display make this a hard place to spend just an hour shooting. And, in fact, I spent nearly two hours here and missed the Ernaculam market (a 150 year old market with thousands of shops that sell everything under the sun and soon be replaced by a modern facility). But such is the dilemma of photographers…
And even during my long drive to Periyar, there was plenty to shoot. I kept stopping my driver, Shafi, and jumping out to catch the fleeting moments. Needless to say, getting to Periyar took much longer than anticipated.
Indians fish everywhere here both for food and for income. From fishing poles to fishing nets and commercial fishing vessels to woven bamboo basket boats, the sea and rivers seem to endlessly provide.
As Shafi fearlessly wound his way toward Periyar along the switchbacks and curves of Route 220, the weather cooled from the humid sea level temps and gave way to the scenery of expansive tea plantations. I hadn’t yet finished my first day here and, like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t stop taking pictures everywhere I looked…