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Continuing with my experimental shots taken during Durga Puja in Kolkata...experimenting with framing & DOF.

Off the beaten path, in Kolkata, there are quite some community Pujas which throw surprises with their innovation in art and spirit. My quest was to find out those Pujas and pandals located along the length and breadth of the sprawling metropolis. This is one of the Durga Pujas which are not so well known. Tucked away in a small lane in Central Kolkata, I was lucky to find it. The pandal has been built using bamboo carts and the wheels of these carts. Such carts are seldom used in India to carry good locally and are pushed/pulled by hand. The bamboos are split along their length and fixed or bound together along their width. The wheels of these carts are quite big & made of wood.

The pandal was indeed indigenous considering the medium of construction. The bamboo sticks and the wheels were beautifully painted with traditional motifs and figurines. I got the idea of framing as I was peeping through the large wheels.

I have posted two shots in WS where one can get some idea about the pandal (notably the large wheels) & my POV. The first WS is a long view of the pandal where the carts can be seen. The second WS provides the full image of the idol of Goddess Durga. Note the cart wheels behind the idol. I took this shot through the spokes of the cartwheel using a long DOF. I would like to call this a ‘Portrait’.

I’m not sure whether you would like this experiment & the effect. If you don’t, please do let me know...I’ll take that & use it as a learning experience.

Focal Length = 93 mm
ISO 80

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