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    Bobcock in India....yet again

    Yep another India thread.... This was a trip to the Punjab to the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla before heading west to Amritsar and then South to Delhi. My third trip in a 13 month period. Hope to be back again before the end of the year.

    There are 250 Hola Mohall shots on my website....Here's a selection










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    Hola Mohalla consists of displays of Sikh Martial arts as well as horsemanship which I can assure you is dangerous to photograph, two of the handful of foreign photographers were seriously injured by horses....






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    I think this picture sums up the craziness of the crowds and horsemen (some just kids) riding 2 and 3 horses at a time at speed in a confined space



    3 horses down in the crowd..... I think this incident resulted in a broken collarbone for one photographer




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    Not a great shot, but shows the madness..... I've dropped back to a safer position.... 11kg of camera gear on my back and in my hands did not make this a safe passtime.... note the quadcopter up filming over the runway.....










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    superb,as usual bob

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    Top notch per usual, mate...

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    I know another lad from Barry in Bangkok...or are you the same one?

    Surely they wouldn't let two of you in.....

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    Fantastic images from a cultural display that the majority of us would never have imagined to still exist.
    Thank you Bobcock for sharing your journey on the forum with absolutely beautiful photography.

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    Not bad knobsky

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    I fancy a curry now

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    Hey Bob,

    Incredible images there.

    How much editing are you putting into your pics ?

    I mean tweaking the colors and other stuff.

    Surely those pics aren't straight out the Camera or are they. ?

    Just askin like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    I know another lad from Barry in Bangkok...or are you the same one?

    Surely they wouldn't let two of you in.....
    not sure bob. does his name rhyme with 'heater'?

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    I saw a TV promo of that display at the Indian embassy in Jakarta. I'm in India also and tomorrow was my day off for wandering around and sightseeing. But apparently the local government or unions, I'm not sure who have declared a bandt day, which I gather is a city wide strike and everything will be closed and all forms of public transport banned from operating. So much for sightseeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    I know another lad from Barry in Bangkok...or are you the same one?

    Surely they wouldn't let two of you in.....
    not sure bob. does his name rhyme with 'heater'?
    His initials are JH and his rather appropriate nickname starts with F.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Hey Bob,

    Incredible images there.

    How much editing are you putting into your pics ?

    I mean tweaking the colors and other stuff.

    Surely those pics aren't straight out the Camera or are they. ?

    Just askin like.
    Terry.....

    One thing to understand....anyone who takes a picture that comes off as a .jpg has a processed picture. Each camera will have settings for the production of that jpg... mine is the same.... if I shot jpg which I don't.

    I choose to shoot RAW which delivers an unprocessed image. They tend to be a little flat.

    My process is as follows.

    I only use Lightroom for processing.

    I review every picture and decide whether there is any point in using it. I would say I have on a trip of this type 20-30% I use. I would then have 20% that I would delete immediately and the rest are parked...often a review of RAW files can produce a gem that I didn't notice in the first pass, sometimes over a year later.

    Then those chosen pictures get processed. Generally there are a few tweaks.... I tend to up contrast by about 10%, Vibrance by 10% and a thing called clarity by 10%. That is not uniform, each picture could be different but those are the moves I make before deciding if I like what I see.

    There could then be all sorts of things I could do, some spot healing, a little brightness on a certain part, but generally I try never to do stuff that makes a photo look totally different.

    At that point I convert to high resolution jpg and add borders which is something new I've done.

    But then there are some that you just fancy doing something with, for that i would generally use Photoshop. Again I don't necessarily want to change things too drastically but sometimes it works for me..... the horses came out much better in B&W, the guy with the big turban I decided to darken around the edges, that's the one obvious one...... oh and the father and son...same thing.

    However in the set posted to date there is one that has had a huge amount of work done to it..... and I bet no one here could guess which one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post





    Great photos, as always.

    BTW, how do you get the horses to pose with their feet in the air?

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    Nihang General ceremonial tying of turban...was quite privileged to be allowed into his tent to watch this. Was tickled my the tent design though....



    Generally Sikhs are vegetarians but Nihangs used to celebrate victory with goat so they carry this traditional into modern day Hola Mohalla




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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx
    BTW, how do you get the horses to pose with their feet in the air?
    Asking nicely and cash

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    Okay so the next lot are from the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion..... I've done plenty of this before so I'll try to limit this to the very best shots....

    The Akal Takht was built by the sixth Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be addressed. A good friend of mine is the Head Granthi here.



    Famous for it's 50,000 free meals a day here is one of the cooking pots being cleaned.



    Prashad... a spiritual offering






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    Just brilliant pics Bob. Absolutely stunning stuff.

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    i must say this,
    with this series u have set a new standard,
    great job,

    I am trying to get away for the Camel sale in Pushkar in Nov, haven't been there since the early 80's

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    Not bad Bob.

    What brand of phone camera do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    What brand of phone camera do you use?
    RED sent !


    His work is indeed head and shoulders above anything I have seen on here .

    Its good to see TD has talent !

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    one word.... bustak

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