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A street photography in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera Province, a cool mountain town encircled by three majestic volcanoes; Mt Merapi, Mt Singgalang and Mt Sago. This easy going town is a centre for Minangkabau culture and a popular stop over town for travellers heading north from Java. This town was also a former Dutch colonial stronghold known then as Fort de Kock.

What a better way to enjoy the streets and watch the world go by, by taking a leisurely joy ride on one of conservative forms of public transport- the vintage two wheeler horse-drawn carriage locally known as 'bendi' driven by the friendly and helpful driver known as 'kusir' There are dozens of them operating on short runs all over the town, being part of the streetscape and very popular amongst the local residents and visitors alike. Less expensive and there is no doubt that they are nice, relaxed and exciting way to get around. It is quite comfortable and a more environment friendly.

I love panning shots when I get the chance and the more unusual the mode of transport or even vehicle the better. The 'bendis' actually were not going very fast, I followed them down the street trying different shots and looking for a decent background. As it was drizzling the lighting was pretty dull. But that's the joy of panning, capturing a moving subject at its speed depicting the sense of motion from the blur. Used a monopod to rotate around while triggering the shutter at various speeds when the 'bendis' went passed.

This is one of my favourite from dozens of firings..

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