Celebrating 'eid' in the old city in Hyderabad

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Boid, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    I drove over to Hyderabad from Bangalore (about 600 kms/375 miles) to take pictures during the Ramzan celebrations in the old parts of the city.

    And to sample festival food.

    In fact I think it was primarily the lure of excellent biryani (a lot like 'pilaf' or 'paella' to the uninitiated) that got me there.

    People eat after fasting through the day, and combine it with a bit of shopping, and the place is buzzing till wee hours of the morning.

    "Buzzing" as you shall subsequently see, is an understatement. It's well... insane.

    I was shooting in miserable light, and even though I was carrying my X100, I chose to shoot black and white jpgs with the GRD.

    While taking these pictures, I kept muttering to myself "Film grain is good, stop worrying about grain. Think of it as an exfoliating face-wash, washing over your subjects to lend clarity to the scene", etc.

    I hope I'm able to convey a sense of what it was like being there.














    Thanks for looking.
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    did someone say festival food? I'm hungry!

    You did a great job conveying "insane". Nice series.
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  3. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Great stuff Rajiv.
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Wonderful atmosphere!
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  5. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I enjoyed my little walk with you, thanks for posting these :)
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  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I can hear the noise in #s 1 and 12 ...
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  7. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I think you had a great time. Did you find the biryani you sought?

  8. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    I had a blast. It was a lot of fun. Did have biryani, but called in for it. During Ramzan there's no biryani on the streets. Instead what's served is this high protein mystery meat mash called "haleem", which I had for the first time and will never try again. One spoonful was enough. Though you'd find enough people who'll swear by it.
  9. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Gritty street shooting,at it best!
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  10. nikki

    nikki SC Top Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    really terrific shots !
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