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I am fairly new to digital photography. Zooming about the Bengali hills in a madly driven, constantly horn- honking taxi I decided that there were just too many opportunities to catch locals going about their daily lives to pass up. Brilliantly (or so I thought) I switched from Aperture Priority to Shutter Speed and stopped up for increased DOF to catch these moments from the speeding car, but neglected to check my viewfinder. When I downloaded them at the end of the day, many were pitch black (high speed + lowlight = disaster!). But, once in Light Room I adjusted the fill light and found many to be not only recoverable, but they had a most eerie effect as well. This is one of those shots. As the taxis drive almost over the toes of the pedestrians I could often get excellent close ups even without using a zoom. The bright red stain on this lady's scalp indicates she is married. The tinda (a Hindi corruption of the Sanskrit bhindu or seed), or spot between the eyes is an ancient Hindu blessing indicative of the opening of the 3rd, or wisdom eye, but it is ubiquitous among Indian women (and many men) and I challenge you to find anyone who knows it's roots. They just find it attractive. Although she looks suspicious and mistrusting, it was my experience that most people in the street look this way until spoken to and simply saying "Namaste" or, more commonly in India, "Namskar" and they explode into smiles, warmth and hospitality. They are possibly the most friendly people that I have ever encountered.

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  • Copyright: Kim Rosenberg (tensung) (4)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-12-31
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/1600 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-02-19 15:35
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