And to Think That I Saw It on Ripon Street!

f/3.6, 1/30 sec, at 14mm, 320 ISO, on a X-Pro1

Just off Ripon Street in Kolkatta an old man watches the world go by.

 

“When I leave home to walk to school,
Dad always says to me,
‘Marco, keep your eyelids up
And see what you can see.’”

Dr. Seuss from “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, this is exactly what a street photographer must do. And if you are walking the streets of Calcutta you might not need to “turn minnows into whales” for you will have “a story that NO ONE could beat!

This was my second visit to Calcutta, also known by its newer and more politically correct name Kolkata. I spent all of last week in this city for work and pleasure, though I had very little time to myself. When I did get a few minutes, I spent them with a local friend and we prowled the city’s streets photographing. The days were unusually cool, overcast, rainy and gray. In other words, perfect for street photography. The city has a grittiness to it. It seemed less friendly than last time I visited and more like the big city it is. Perhaps because I had so little time to spend with the people who actually live there, which always tends to make one feel more welcome. Because of this emotion I processed these photos with the idea of communicating that same feeling. I processed the Fujifilm RAW .RAF files in Lightroom and then put the “HDRish,” grunge effect using onOne Perfect Effects 4. I photographed all images using my Fujifilm X-Pro1. And even though I took my 35 mm f/1.4 with me, most of the time it stayed in my pocket (literally in my back pocket!). For whatever reason–be it close quarters, the intimacy of my subjects, I am not sure why, but my 14 mm seemed to be glued to my camera.

If you click on an image a light-box will appear and you will see the EXIF data below the photo.

 

A resident walks past a line of pull rickshaws.

A resident walks past a line of pull rickshaws.

 

A splash of color in the wheel of a pull rickshaws.

A splash of color in the wheel of a pull rickshaws.

 

The scales of commerce on Ripon Street.

The scales of commerce on Ripon Street.

 

After a day's work men sit and relax in their market.

After a day’s work men sit and relax in their market.

 

This Bengali lady pleaded with me to take her photo. How could I say no?

This Bengali lady pleaded with me to take her photo. How could I say no?

 

This man, just as many of the "beedi" cigarette makers is from Bangladesh but now resides in Kolkata, India.

This man, just as many of the “beedi” cigarette makers is from Bangladesh but now resides in Kolkata, India.

 

A mobile street vendor selling mangoes.

A mobile street vendor selling mangoes.

 

A man walks past straw prayer caps on his way into the Nakhoda Masjid.

A man walks past straw prayer caps on his way into the Nakhoda Masjid.

 

A man performs "wuzu" or ritual washing before prayers at the Nakhoda Masjid.

A man performs “wuzu” or ritual washing before prayers at the Nakhoda Masjid.

 

After Nimaaz (or formal prayers) people will often stay and perform "dua" or prayers of petition or supplication, as this man does.

After namaz (or formal prayers) people will often stay and perform “dua” or prayers of petition or supplication, as this man does.

 

A cycle rickshaw delivers product.

A cycle rickshaw delivers product.

 

f/5, 1/30 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1

A man carries a heavy heavy burlap sacks on his head while loading a lorry full of goods.

 

**Just a note here to say we still have some places available for my Rajasthan workshop in Feb 2014. Join me and Lightroom guru Piet Van den Eynde for this amazing photographic opportunity. You can find more info HERE.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “And to Think That I Saw It on Ripon Street!

  1. Pingback: FR-reader roundup: discover Calcutta, Vietnam, Seoul, Istanbul and Albania with the X-series | Fuji Rumors

  2. Really love your work. But I agree with Larry. Ditch the gimmicky HDR. Your work is better than that. You don’t need these fad type special effects to make your work shine.

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