And with bell came the sunny spell.

Long and rainy days. How many kids must long for freedom during the monsoon. Butwhen the bell finally rang, a sunny spell was there to...
Long and rainy days. How many kids must long for freedom during the monsoon. Butwhen the bell finally rang, a sunny spell was there to greet them.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

The Chinese fishing nets

Cochin's most famous landmark are the centuries old Chinese fishing nets. Men climbing over these massive wood structures will swing its nets into the water...
Cochin's most famous landmark are the centuries old Chinese fishing nets. Men climbing over these massive wood structures will swing its nets into the water for a few minutes. Hopefully, when the swing gets back into position, these nets should be filled with seafood. Not always the case though, especially during the monsoon.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

The moray hunters

We enter a small harbour where no ships can be seen, but instead a few young fishermen. Colorful boxes will probably have to wait for...
We enter a small harbour where no ships can be seen, but instead a few young fishermen. Colorful boxes will probably have to wait for the next morning to be filled with the catch of the day. Suddenly screams can be heard in the distance and attract the attention of a few adults. A fishing line is shaking and a 2 meters long moray is promptly pulled out of the water. Kids can be cruel as they smash clumsily the head of the moray with rocks. It will be a great dinner for the family of the lucky fisher. But...

Bollywatch

If you are ever tempted to brave the rough sea in Cochin for a swim, just don't expect any help from the shore in case...
If you are ever tempted to brave the rough sea in Cochin for a swim, just don't expect any help from the shore in case you struggle. It doubt it will ever come.  (click on picture for high res) All pictures with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

The monsoon is here

Perhaps a bit earlier than expected, the monsoon has hit South West India. Though mornings have been sunny, dark clouds appear at mid afternoons pouring...
Perhaps a bit earlier than expected, the monsoon has hit South West India. Though mornings have been sunny, dark clouds appear at mid afternoons pouring continuous showers over Munnar. You'll probably see a lot of umbrellas shots from now on and I need to find a way to protect myself and my equipment from the rain. I think this is great weather for street photography, it just take a little more efforts (and sometimes motivation) to go shoot in these conditions.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

From Munnar to your cup – the tea harvesters

What a hard work to enjoy a cup of tea. The woman of Munnar cut tea leaves on steepy hills for hours. Their rythm is...
What a hard work to enjoy a cup of tea. The woman of Munnar cut tea leaves on steepy hills for hours. Their rythm is frantic since they get paid by the numbers of bags they can fill during the day. Men are nowhere to be seen, or waiting by the road, as women also carry the bags back to the truck for loading. A gentleman's world. Still, despite this difficult way of making a living, smiles are easy to come. Probably much easier than thousands kilometers away, in some fancy tea room for bored British ladies.  (click on pictures...

1500 meters above seal level

Munnar is an oddity in Souther India since it stands 1500 meters above sea level. And after months of extreme heat, it was a pure...
Munnar is an oddity in Souther India since it stands 1500 meters above sea level. And after months of extreme heat, it was a pure relief to see rainy weather and temperatures in the low 20's. As for the place itself, Munnar is surrounded by tea plantations whose green brings so much contrast to the dry plains of Tamil Nadu. The sceneries are simply stunning. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

The friendly people of Madurai

I believe that the people of Madurai are the most friendly we have met so far. Always with a smile and apparently, a bit less...
I believe that the people of Madurai are the most friendly we have met so far. Always with a smile and apparently, a bit less stressed than in other parts of India. Note also that it is not unusual here to see men and women with paint markings on their faces, similar what we saw in Burma.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

Meenakshi temple

We had seen a lot of temples during our trip. So many, that we had been avoiding them here in India. Yet, Madurai definitely hosts...
We had seen a lot of temples during our trip. So many, that we had been avoiding them here in India. Yet, Madurai definitely hosts one of most amazing religious structure in the world, the Meenakshi temple. Its dozen towers are fully covered with colorful statues that make you feel part of an out of space adventure movie. The inside of the temple is just as suprising as large arches connect the various sanctuaries. Though foreignes are not allowed in all parts,  we could observe many of the rituals practiced by the devotes, adding to the mysticism of the temple. ...

Some thoughts on the results of the poll “future of yanidel.net”

First, let me thanks all the participants to the poll on "the future of www.yanidel.net". Your input as well as your comments have been so...
First, let me thanks all the participants to the poll on "the future of www.yanidel.net". Your input as well as your comments have been so helpful to shape the direction of this blog. I think the results are straightforward : not a lot of interest was shown in reviews of gear, books or exhibits, as well as a picture critique column. As many mentioned, there is already a large span of websites dedicated to these topics. So I'll leave that aside, except perhaps for these instances where I believe some information is especially relevant to street photography. On the opposite,...