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Night out in the market with Sandip. Sandip has got the skill to put strangers at ease, which helps him get very good photos. I had especially gone with him that evening, so that I could pickup this skill from him. According to him when you talk to your subject, make him at ease & then take his/her photo, you breathe life into the photograph.

We were in the night flower market inside Russel Market situated in Central Bangalore (now called Bengaluru). It was past 7.30 pm in this indoor market, being lit up by incandescent lamps in the shops.

"Chacha, kya main aapka ek photo le sakta hoon?" we asked in Hindi, following Sandip, meaning "Uncle can I take your photograph?" This brought a quizzed smile on the flower seller’s face. He must have been around his mid sixties, and perhaps he was wondering what on earth are these two small fellows with cameras trying to do inside the market & why do they want to take my photograph? But a faintest of nods with his head meant Yes, & I took this shot. When I showed him the picture on my camera’s LCD, his mouth opened a bit with a thin smile.

Tech details :
ISO 400
F length 147 mm,
Exposure time : 1/13 sec, Handheld

This is how Sandip saw this same man, called him "Chacha in Transition". Beautiful in B&W.

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