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… is uncropped and in very high key.
When I over processed the photo shown in the first comment, I copied the settings to this photo. I like it.
Out of the places I have been to, Pokhara, which is in Nepal is my #1 favourite place. I have been there five times and have spent nearly a year in total there. I hope to spend more time there in the future. I am aiming to go there again in early January 2021, if Covid-19 permits.

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   water northside b&w black white blackandwhite boat minimalism minimalist annapurna aji03 high key uncropped different pov country: 08: nepal country: 08: place: lake phewa, pokhara

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Varanasi, or Benares, or Kashi is the place where I took this candid photo. Apart from being a very holy city for the Hindus, Varanasi is also a very photographable place. I would recommend the city to photography enthusiasts visiting India as is a very good place to boost photography confidence, as it did with my confidence.
Please check out my Varanasi album to see the photos I took there. My top two most popular shots were taken in the city.
If you have only one place to visit in India and yet you want to have the full intensity of an Indian experience, go to Varanasi where faith meets filth and your life would change forever.

Thank you very much for all the views, faves and comments on my stream of “Beauty in Simplicity” photos where through timing, framing and settings, I try to make everyday life everywhere look beautiful.
Touching lives through photography… That is what it is all about.
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!
Take care especially with the Covid-19 pandemic going around!

ps: As usual, forever and ever plugging my one You Tube video.

ps: I noticed that the views are higher than normal. So, out of curiosity, I clicked on Explore. It's at #1. My first Explore since 2007 and my tenth #1. If, anyone is curious about the other nine, click on aji01 on my tags to this photo. Btw, ajganga means photos with river Ganges in the photo.

Tags:   river ganges ganga kashi ripples water saree aji01 ajganga benares ghat different pov minimalism minimalist country: 07: india country: 07: place: varanasi, uttar pradesh

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… is candid and uncropped in color.
I was on the steps of the temple around Durbar Square and he passed by. I had no time to change the aperture setting (I tend to shoot aperture priority mode) hence the shallow DOF.
I think this hard working boy is the same boy as the one in the photo shown as the first comment to this posting and both photos are in MY BEST 25 SHOTS album.
I don’t think he attended school and the money he earned collecting plastics for recycling probably supplemented his family’s meager income (If he even has a family).
Meanwhile, in the first world, children skipped school so they could protest about ‘fairy tales’.


Nepal is my favourite country to visit and I have been there 6 times, spending about 20 months in total.
I was there during the 2015 earthquake, the 2010 week long strike where nothing (except tourist buses) moves, the constant power cut (which was called load shedding) which at worst days during the cold months electricity was only available for an hour each day, the worst hail stone in 2016 plus many other memorable events and many people too.
Yet, in all the time there, I have never gone trekking nor will I ever go trekking. When shocked people asked me, “Why not?”
My response, “I do like to walk but I don’t like to walk more than I have to and trekking is too much unnecessary walk.”
People are different…


ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONE gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   portrait boy child poor durbar square face uncropped aji03 different pov country: 08: nepal country: 08: place: basantapur, kathmandu ajbest 25 shots

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Every evening, right after sunset, the Ganga Aarti (ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river) is held at Dashashwamedh Ghat (the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges River).
Several priests would be performing this ritual by carrying deepams (oil lamps) and moving it up and down in a rhythmic tune of bhajans (Hindu devotional songs and often of ancient origin).
When I took this photo, there were seven priests and I walked up and down the area where I was before deciding on the particular face I wanted to photograph.

ps: I actually have ONE gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   portrait handsome intense kashi benares ghat slow shutter face ceremony male country: 07: india country: 07: place: varanasi, uttar pradesh ganga aarti, puja

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He was sitting at the same table at an eating place in Kathmandu. I pointed the camera at him. He didn’t react so I shoot.

In travelling, I noticed that locals react better to western traveller than they did to locals or Asian travellers. I believe that westerners who travel with the “Stay away from me! I’m not an ATM machine!” kind of attitude shouldn’t even leave their countries in the first place. Too much negative energies!!!
I often get annoyed when travellers say, “People are nice there.” when describing a place. I would respond, “People are nice everywhere. Whether you find them or not is another matter. Just because someone is nice to you doesn’t mean that person is nice. They might want something from you!”

There are three things I would often share with westerners that I met in travel:

1. Don’t get too drunk in countries you don’t speak the language.
2. When locals ask too many questions, try to not be too annoyed because not all curious people have the money to travel.
3. The reason you could travel is because you come from a country with stronger currency and you make more per hour. So, stop rubbing it in about how cheap things are. Most of the time, they are NOT!!!

People used to travel because they are curious. Nowadays, it seems that people travel so that they could show off on their Facebooks and Instagrams! I see insensitivities everywhere!!!

Enough rambling.

Thank you very much for all the views, faves and comments on my stream of “Beauty in Simplicity” photos where through timing, framing and settings, I try to make everyday life everywhere look beautiful.


ps: I actually have ONE gallery called WHY NOT???
The truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   portrait boy slow shutter face child country: 08: nepal country: 08: place: basantapur, kathmandu


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