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India – the places – the rest – 1 of 2

I have a lot of images and still some memories to write down. I’ll split up the places further and add another entry with just faces. Should this be the first post you’re reading, check the others as well:

Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur

The fort was built as retreat overlooking the city of Jaipur. The guards are happy to show you around and explain a couple of things for one hundred rupees. The living rooms of the maharajah are on the one side of the palace while the seven of the eight wives lived along the several hallways leading to the opposite side of the palace where the maharajah’s favorite wife recited.

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Jaipur old city

Jaipur is the biggest city of Rajasthan and it seems the bigger the cities become the messier they are. I started my trip in smaller places enjoying them more. I would the people made the biggest difference which were much less daring in the smaller places. I liked the area behind the city palace. It was a bit quieter and without the busy stores of the main streets. I’m not going to show you the Hawa Mahal (palace of winds). I know it’s the most photographed building in entire India. And yes, I took some pictures of it as well. I’m just not going to post it here.

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Phalodi city

Not many tourists visit the small town on the road from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. However, the Jain temple and a couple of beautiful havelis are worth a look. Here I made the purchase of a colorfully painted window which isn’t anything very old but apparently collected from an old house. Although, the salesman was a jain and it’s said that followers of the jain religion never lie, I believe the window is brand new since I saw similar windows in many tourist traps later on. I still like it and when I look at it, I smile remembering the conversation with the Kanooga brothers.

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Udaipur

I guess the city of Udaipur should have made it in the top 10. The old city with the havelis and hotels lining up at the lake side as well as the roof top restaurants and cafes and of course the palace watching over all this from an elevated position seems like a still uncut gem in Rajasthan. A stroll through the many little streets and narrow paths appears almost enjoyable while still not being comparable with a Sunday afternoon walk in an European metropolis.

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Pushkar

The day I visited Pushkar, hell came down in shape of heavy monsoon rain to this holy place. Pilgrims come to Pushkar to wash in the sacred lake and visit one of the few temples worshiping god Brahma. The lake is surrounded by 52 stone steps down to the lake which are used for sacred bathing as well as religious rituals. Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed into the lake here as well, Unfortunately, the ghats are also used to extract coin from travelers. The thing starts as a harmless introduction to the ritual to the point being ask for quite large amounts of cash and even credit cards. The argument, that also gods have to eat and that inflation really drives up the prices, didn’t really impress me. I did give some, still far off the requested amount, but seemingly enough to make the heavy rain stop.

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The Agra fort

The Agra fort is more a  walled city than a fort. The current structures were built under the Mughals but the fort goes back to the eleventh century. During my visit I had two film backs, one loaded with color film and the other supposedly with black&white. However, after shooting twelve frames, I realized it was empty. And that was much later in the day with no chance to return to the fort. Now I only have left three images of one of the amazing courts. Dark clouds started to come up in the sky giving the colors a special hue. I’m still mad that the images I took of the marble structures in black&white are lost but I guess that’s karma. Actually, the view from the castle down Yamuna river to the Taj Mahal is just amazing ….

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India – the people

Again, it’s been difficult to select some images out of so many. Also, what’s a good number to give a wide spectrum of the impressions. Let me start with about 25 images in color as well as black & white, not sorted by any kind of  timeline or importance. Every image has a title as well as they location of capture. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to feedback …

201508_India_MF16_Portra160_006-Editthe model, nahargarh fort, jaipur

201508_India_MF4_Delta400_006man and donkey, mandawa

201508_India_MF7_Portra160_009-Editthe brahman, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB3_APX100_001-Editneighbors, jaisalmer

201508_India_MF10_Portra160_014-Editguides, junagarh fort, bikaner

201508_India_KB7_Foma400_024-Editbubbles, india gate, new delhi

201508_India_MF5_Portra160_012-Editstone maker, close to kolayat

201508_India_KB1_Foma400_021-Editbig smile, bikaner

201508_India_MF8_Portra160_001-Editsheep herder, jaisalmer

201508_India_MF4_Delta400_008meeting, mandawa

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201508_India_KB5_APX100_020-Editin the bus, udaipur

201508_India_MF8_Portra160_012-Editdesert, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB5_APX100_030-Editold city, udaipur

201508_India_MF3_Portra160_004-Editwaiting, jhunjhunu

201508_India_MF17_Delta400_007-Editwaiting for a customer, jaipur

201508_India_KB2_Portra160_018-Editscared, jaisalmer

201508_India_KB5_APX100_028-Edittalking, udaipur

201508_India_KB4_Portra160_026-Editworking, chandelao garh

201508_India_MF18_Delta400_005-Editcurious, abhaneri

201508_India_KB4_Portra160_003-Editspice trader, jodphur

201508_India_MF13_Delta400_015-Editbathing, chittorgarh fort

201508_India_MF9_Portra160_011-Editjust kids, chandelao garh

201508_India_MF17_Delta400_009-Editrickshaw driver, jaipur

201508_India_MF9_Portra160_006-Editguide, jodphur

201508_India_MF20_Delta400_004-Editmonsoon, agra

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a place of superlatives. Coming from Dubai driving towards Abu Dhabi, I could spot the large structure easily. It’s the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world. The construction of the mosque which tries to unite the cultural diversity of Islam took 11 years using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates.

This wikipedia article and the official home page of the mosque will give you more inside and detailed information.

Visiting the mosque is perfectly organized which is a blessing considering the masses of visitors. However, it’s also a pain in the neck since security and restrictions are present at any moment of your visit. I would certainly suggest an official tour of the mosque. You get to know so much more about the place, its construction and the meaning of many details. Also, you get into the part of the mosque that’s closed to the general visitor. Bring some time and a camera for your visit here. It’s a great place for architectural photography as well as amazing indoor and detail shots.

The photos here are from two different cameras (Hasselbad 500CM and the Lomo Belair, a 6×12 panoramic camera) taken on three different films (Ilford’s Pan F+ and Delta 400 as well as Rollei Retro 80s). The Pan F+ and the Retro 80s were developed in Kodak HC110 while I always use Spuersinn HCDnew for a Delta 400. I know I’m missing some color images here. It’s a good plan for next time to shoot color only.

Hasselblad 500CM  taken on Ilford Pan F (some with red filter):

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Lomo Belair 6×12 taken on Ilford Delta 400:

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Hasselblad 500CM taken on Rollei Retro 80s (some with red filter):

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A modern yet retro film – Rollei Retro 80s

When shopping online for film the other day, I decided to try the Rollei Retro 80s and the RPX 100. The lower prices compared to Ilford and Kodak also seemed attractive. First I put a RPX100 in the Hasselblad but either I or the camera messed up. First, the paper ripped and then I inserted the film the wrong way with the result to find the film empty after developement. So, I tried the Retro 80s next and made sure I did it right. I went into the center of Munich, walked around, shot some frames in the Hofgarten, got a beer, shot and walked some more and got Thai food and developed the film the same night.

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I gave it 14min in 1+50 Rodinal at 20C and thought for sure I did something wrong during development. The film base is so transparent and the contrasts are so rich that I thought for sure I overdeveloped. However, next day I scanned the film and I quite liked it. It was easy to scan with good contrasts and no visible grain. I read online that the film looses details in the shadows easily. However, I didn't think it is any worse than HP5+ developed in Rodinal. 

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Another thing that makes the film atractive, is the low sensitivity to blue light which works great with blue skies. It comes out nice and dark and fluffy clouds will brightly light the sky. I can only image using an orange or red filter. The lights are amazing, the gray tones are ok and the shadows aren't as bad as I thought. Even shooting against the low evening sun seemed to lead to decent results. It's a modern film with an old emulsion. I have no idea how it would print in the darkroom but it works well for the semi digital workflow I've adopted. 

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Compared to Ilford, Fuji and Kodak the film is relatively inexpensive here in Germany and www.fotoimpex.de is a good source to get some. However, the film gives me the feeling of a "cheap" make compared to other brands. I would recommend to handle with extra care since it just feels a bit flimsy.

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Maybe some words about the development. I think Rodinal is a good choice since it compensates the high contrasts a little bit. Too get started I selcted a recipe on filmdev.org and check massive dev chart as well. I started with Rodinal 1+50 at 20C for 14min. I haven't tried stand developing yet but I can imagine that it would work as well for compensation. The film seems to behave like an ISO 80 but I'm not so scientific about metering. I'm sure the film can be easily pulled to 40 but haven't tried it. I found info somewhere that the film can be pushed to ISO 160 but also haven't tried it either and not sure if i will.

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Some more interesting info here: http://www.martinzimelka.com/pages/Rollei_Retro80s.html

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