A couple of days ago I set about shooting some of the more significant sights here in Udaipur, the ones that draw tourists from all over the world to this compelling city on a shallow lake.
My objective yesterday was to shoot some other things, away from the tourist shops and the restaurants advertising that they show James Bond’s “Octopussy” around the clock. Toward that end, I grabbed my camera and a single lens–the 50/2.5 macro–and headed out away from the tourist zone.
It was a rewarding couple of hours. Probably the most interesting thing I encountered was a group of kids playing out in the street. The one boy was “getting married” and was being paraded around on a stick as if on horseback. The kid’s storyline was enhanced by the well-past-prime string of flowers that they were using to adorn the young groom.
Further into my walk I found some men passing the time playing a board game I had not seen before, which I found to be quite interesting. They tried to teach me some of the principals of the game, but my lack of Hindi and their lack of English made that a challenging communication, but the pictures are fun.
Finally, I encountered a dentally-challenged man who was selling feed for the local cows. Hindus will sometimes purchase a bit of straw to feed to the local cattle for luck. I declined the feed, but did pay the princely sum of 10 rupees to him for the honor of taking his photo.
~ I didn’t have anywhere else to stick the last photo–which was too cute not to display–so I stuck it in here. This image was from a day later and was shot with the 85/1.2.