Pictures

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Photography course: portraits

The second workshop of the current course focused on portraiture, with an early morning session at the McLeodganj main square. Students Ian Bell and Christina Julius and instructors Angus and Ashwini photographed chai sellers, bread vendors, porters, students waiting for the school bus, and other characters to be found at this busy spot. The work is … Continue reading

Photography course: field trip to Church of St. John in the Wilderness

Classic camera: mid-1950s Certo Six

  To make pictures with Certo Six, pictured above, use this simple process; Point your camera at the subject of your choice, decide what to include in the frame, use a hand-held light meter to determine settings for correct settings on your camera, do a mental calculation to change the suggested settings according to the … Continue reading

Photography course: field trip to the temple and the Lingkor

As part of Moonpeak’s first photography course, the group met at the entrance to the Dalai Lama’s temple and photographed snack sellers, monks, nuns, pilgrims and passersby. We then walked the Lingkor, the sacred path that circles the temple and residence, photographing the shrines, prayer wheels and prayer flags that line the route. These are … Continue reading

First time paragliding? Try the Himalayas

“Cross wind,” said the boy beside me as he sniffed the breeze. “Cross wind not good. We want straight wind.” Five minutes later, Ravi muttered the same words as he untangled the thin threads linking his harness to the expanse of colourful nylon lying on the grass. “Cross wind.” Another five minutes passed as the … Continue reading

Shooting by candlelight

There have been several candlelight vigils in Dharamshala marking a series of recent self-immolations in Tibet to protest Chinese rule. Covering these events presents particular challenges to the photographer. Here is some advice on how to photograph under such low light conditions.   Use fast lenses preferably with maximum apertures of f1.8 or larger. Usually … Continue reading

Ramlila

Ramlila or the story of Ram is enacted each year in India for 10 days ending on the Hindu festival Dussehra, when large effigies of the demon king Ravan, his son and his brother are burnt depicting victory of good over evil. This year I went backstage in Dharamshala to photograph the artists. Ashwini Bhatia

Butoh dance festival – photo exhibition

As part of the recent second Butoh Dance Festival in McLeodganj, Moonpeak Espresso hosted an exhibition of pictures from the Subbody Butoh School. Butoh is a dance form which emerged in Japan in the mid-20th century, emphasising spontaneous over conscious movement. The genre, which rejects both Japanese and Western classical forms, deploys playful and grotesque … Continue reading

Aman Sharma, cricket photographer

Some people just make it look so easy. Amritsar-based photojournalist Aman Sharma got his break in photography when he was still in school, shooting for AP on a compact camera. From there he moved into sports photography, covering everything from the ICC Cricket World Cup to the Beijing Olympics. In town last month to shoot … Continue reading

Something in the coffee?

AP photo/Ashwini Bhatia In Dharamshala for the Indian Premier League cricket tournament last month, former Australian batsman and wicketkeeper supreme Adam Gilchrist dropped by Moonpeak Espresso to say a quick g’day. Gilchrist was a regular at the café when he visited Dharamshala in April 2010 (below). He scored a match-winning 106 (above) the day after he … Continue reading