Indian Woman

There was more to see at the balloon festival than the eponymous flying machines. With thousands of people wandering around the airfield, there were many chances to catch some great shots of folks as they socialized or took pictures of their own.

I’ve always wanted to travel to India. I have several friends who come from that country, and I admire the beauty of their language and many of their customs. So I was pleased to find a woman in traditional dress at the festival. It was a bit cold that day, and I imagined she might have been shivering a bit, wrapped up though she was.

As with other shots taken at the festival, this one required a versatile lens: in this case a 18-270mm zoom. In street photography, conditions can change in a heartbeat. Moments can be found and lost with equal speed, so it’s often a good idea to wait for the action to come to you. A good zoom will allow you to be more unobtrusive in the midst of all the activity. Instead of constantly moving back and forth to get just the right distance to your subject, just adjust your lens.

Exposure Data: ISO 4000, f/6.3, 1/200

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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