Another delight from Rajasthan!
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Last year in November, I visited Pushkar Cattle Fair and spent about a week. It was quite an experience in many ways. I knew that one just can not work efficiently if one goes with novices or in a group of photographers, but it so happened that I got caught by circumstances and landed up with three four photographers there and faced the inevitable. If one is travelling to such events which are far from home town, then take maximum one photographer friend and a driver/ assistant. More than this is a crowd and you suffer in many ways, not to miss overall loss of performance.
After I had finished with Pushkar, I drifted into Rajasthan and travelled with another friend who was alone and with deep fire to do serious photography. We travelled to Kheechan (disappointed with quite less number of demoiselle cranes), Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, etc.
These folk artists are Mangniyars from a village which is about 80 kms from Barmer. I have known them for about three years now. My friend and me went to the village and stayed overnight. In the afternoon, we all went to a sand dune alongwith the troupe of about six or seven people. I wish we could enjoy the music they offered, but we both were more keen on photography.
After we finished our soul-filling photo session with them at the dunes, we went to their house for dinner in the village. Trust me, it was hospitality overflowing and warmth had no bounds.
We enjoyed a special musical night at night and it lasted past mid-night almost. What a wonderful night! I wish I could travel whole life like a nomad. I think I shall resume that soon on-board Kingcobra .
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II with Fish Eye Lens
Flash : Canon Speedlight 580EX with Off Camera Cord
Light Modifiers: Speedlite ProKIt