Photo taken in a haveli (old merchant's house) in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India at the Eastern border of the great Thar desert.
Chapatis are one of the most common forms in which wheat, the staple of northern South Asia, is consumed. Chapati is a form of roti (bread). The words are often used interchangeably. While roti refers to any flat unleavened bread, chapati is a roti made of whole wheat flour and cooked on a tava (flat skillet).
Chapatis are made from a firm but pliable dough made from flour (whole grain common wheat), 'atta' in Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi/Bengali, and water. Some people also add salt and/or oil to the dough. The rolled-out dough is thrown on the preheated dry skillet and cooked on both sides. In some regions it is only partly cooked on the skillet, and then put directly on a high flame, which makes it blow up like a balloon. The hot air cooks the chapati rapidly from the inside. A piece of chapati is torn off and used to pick up the meat or vegetable dish(es) that make the meal. It is folded into a sort of loose cone and used as a scoop to eat the more liquid dishes at a meal like dal.
(source : wikipedia)
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sevy (58) 2010-11-12 8:28
It is remembering me smell and food from India and Nepal. Nice composition with a good use of the tools and nice placement of the lady.
Perhaps only a tool large deep of field, more blur on background should have been better, even if it is already dark to provide a good focusing on the lady in the light.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-11-12 11:27
La photo décrit à la fois le style vestimentaire et un aspect important de la vie quotidienne. J'apprécie le point de vue bas qui donne plus de proximité avec cette scène. Une très belle image, intéressante et de très bonne qualité. Bravo.
bukitgolfb301 (41832) 2010-11-12 13:03
Hi my dear Paul
What a quite natural daily/portrait shot!
Low angle appraoch is excellent and quite remarkable in this case. This is your original style I like very much. Simple but strong message as usual as yours. Congratulation on your great job and have a good weekend, best regards,
francio64 (39888) 2010-11-12 13:09
una scena di vita quotidiana ben concentrata su questa anziana signora.
Buona la gestione della luce e ottimo lo sharp.
williewhistler (16394) 2010-11-12 14:06
Hello Paul,not only colourful and beautifully produced this shot is so informative,all those utensils and ingredients.Lovely.
sakarmakar (19) 2010-11-12 20:10
have you ever been in any other states of india apart from Rajasthan?
annjackman (21899) 2010-11-12 21:29
This picture describes life in the region very well. The detail on the ladies's face is excellent. The sari colours stand out against the nice grey/brown background. Just enough detail in the background to give a feeling of living conditions.
Well observed and taken.
vishaal (1042) 2010-11-12 22:51
This photo is very special for me. It reminds me of similar scenes encountered by me in Indian households.In fact, I spent my childhood in a small town of Shekhawati region, and we also lived in a Haweli. But my mother used more modern methods for making chapaties....!
The old pillars on both sides remind me of my old residence.... very nostalgic for me ! These Hawelies are still alive in my memories and I feel very moved when I remember my 'Wonder Years'.
An excellent composition with perfect sharpness and a very special effect created by the colorful lady making chapaties against the darker and more or less monochrome surroundings.
Thanks for this photo !
My best regards,
emka (97565) 2010-11-12 22:59
I was also in the Shekhawati region and even maybe in the same time :)last year in November. Interesting scene from the Indian everyday life. Cooking chapati just in the street, on the strange burner. Very nice colours, good reportage photo.
Have a nice weekend
jjcordier (79297) 2010-11-12 22:59
Une superbe scène de vie et une photo de très grande qualité, tant technique qu'esthétique.
Nard (6972) 2010-11-13 3:45
Belle photo d'une traditionnelle scene de vie avec les classiques ustensiles (réchaud à pétrole, etc...). beau mélange des couleurs avec le gris du trottoir et le sari. Hum trop envie de manger un bon dhal avec quelques chapatis...
jhm (152874) 2010-11-14 3:53
Hun brood geeft meer een pannenkoek, maar gebruiken worden niet gewijzigd, ook ons systeem blijft het zelfde.
Uw foto is mooi scherp en zeer aantrekkelijk door een beeld dat niet in scene gezet is, maar dagelijks gebeurt zoals u het ons toont.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.
Prettige zondag verder,
ifege (10375) 2010-11-16 17:07
Another good portrait from you Indian collection Paul. You've caught her facial expression beauitifully and included good colour and detail with the cooking.
foozi (7101) 2010-11-17 22:44
I like cappati and the way you present it is a very different. This low angle is very exciting. Thr lady too uses both hand to execute the fast baking.
The expression on the face is so intense.
nicely presented daily life of the people in India.
batalay (38821) 2010-11-19 19:58
Again a wonderful shot of a slice of daily life in India. You've framed the woman in the dark doorway, preparing a chapati. Despite the abject poverty I saw in my brief visit to India in July, I thought there was also a great deal of dignity. Thanks also for the informative note.
Uhu (8589) 2010-11-26 2:01
Quite colourful photo, even if I personally would not risk to eat meat prepared in such a way - basically on the ground.
Very interesting photo and quite unusual sight to me.
Silvio1953 (143106) 2010-12-03 12:06
Ciao Paul, great portrait of old womam with fantastic dress, beautiful daily life composition, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-11 18:24
a beautiful shot of working lady with nice colored costume, yellow and purple colors are very chic,
and the preparation of chapatis looks so simple, the tasteful smell feels well even it is beside the street,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Gerrit (51935) 2010-12-19 1:46
mooi genomen, goed laag POV en fantastische kleuren.
Het olietankje is ook reg mooi.
abmdsudi (54055) 2010-12-19 22:46
Good capture of daily life from colorful Rajasthan, and what so impressive here is the colors of her saris that give a vibrant look and her expression add interest and focus. Lovely low viewpoint and close to subjects revealing much details vividly. Excellent light, color, sharpness and contrast. Well done. Congrats. TFS
Waylim (25502) 2010-12-20 23:52
Excellent daily life shot, I love the fact that you got down very low to the same level as your subject. It feel likes we are part of the image, feels like being there sitting next to her. Waiting for the chapati's. Beautiful and natural colors. Perfect shot.
quillo (11850) 2010-12-22 8:04
Hola Paul ............
You have obtained an interesting and attractive image
with the woman rajasthani cooking the chapatis ...
the POV, color and ambience is perfect ...
I like very much the scene:
natural and spontaneous.
Saludos y gracias.
Glint (6171) 2011-10-12 11:32
this is excellent. You have a well chosen low pov and a nicely balanced composition.I like the colourful clothes yet the background is mostly monotone.Good dof that makes the bg almost a stage set.
ChrisJ (113951) 2011-10-17 4:20
A superb daily life scene with good sharpness & vibrant color. The old woman in fg sunlight stands out against the dark bg. Tfs!
Ber (8242) 2011-11-24 13:00
Interesting scene from the Indian everyday life. This low angle is very exciting. I like the colourful clothes yet the background is mostly monotone.
- Copyright: Paul Bulteel (pauloog) (11751)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 7:13
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