Bangalore travel photographers...this was a group which I used to to shoot with. This had been pushed to the backburner with most of us being bogged down by work, though we had been shooting but not as a group.
A gtalk pings and a post on the group's page got some of us interested back again!
The plan was to head towards Kanakapura and explore the surrounding areas/villages. We caught up at Metro with the usual meet and greets - many new faces :)
First stop was a smallish lake to get everyone's feet wet :D
With the insect life around everyone got shooting quick
This Picture wing dragonfly
We were provided some action by the ever entertaining monkeys
The caterpillar who just shot to fame with a dozen photogs taking pictures from all possible angles ;) Poor thing must have started feeling like a celebrity
The slanting light of the morning made for some nice lighting
With Rajnish's lovely kid - Rashi, it was fun explaining the insects and the plant life. (who took some very nice shots with her own camera)
Moved on to Kanakapura's famous "Vasu hotel" for some tasty Masala dosa along with nice coffee to get people warmed up for the day. With bellies full we headed to a small lake which had a saw mill nearby.
Sunday being a holiday the machines and the whole feel of the mill was nice to shoot. Tried out some portraits and strobes.
An abstract take on the Spider web
Anand's wife being a sport volunteering for some poses
Anand just had to follow :P
And then caught Pramod :D
Lots of these Calotes in the piles of wood
The rings making some interesting patterns
Out the mill and into a paddy field
Shot some at the lake
The territorial Common coots
Further on we met these group of villagers who culture silkworms and were very warm and welcoming. To me, this is the best part of being outdoors - meeting new people and getting to talk
The old women who work there
To me, this was THE takeaway shot from the day
Filling in the worms
The worms have a super appetite which needs constant attention in order to gain best growth
Getting ready to pupate
We then headed towards Muthathi (a plan which did not really go well), but then writeoffs are part of any plan.
Stopping to shoot the paddy field workers
They were all giggles having so many of us "city dwellers" shooting at them
Reached Muthathi with loads of people, most of them using the open area to cook their lunch
And also dry out clothes
Did I mention lots of monkeys too ?
And this one holding on and warning Sunil when he tried getting close for a shot
We decided to head back via different route and stopped a couple of times to shoot some birds and other interesting subjects that we saw
Stopped back for late evening lunch at Domino's
Was a very nice trip with fantastic company to go along with!
A group shot at Domino's
Looking forward to the next one ;)
PS: The link to the group is http://www.flickr.com/groups/bangaloretravelphotographers/ and we're on Facebook too