The Olympus EP3 is one brilliant camera for street photography. Big thanks to its blazing auto-focus, which is much faster than my Canon S5 IS, hell much faster than many high end DSLRs out there in the market. This one camera has suddenly got me interested in the micro four-third sensor camera category. It was with me for a couple of weeks and I had an absolute blast shooting on the streets with it. Snap on a 12mm prime lens and you are set for some really sharp wide-angle shots.
Maybe one day when i have enough money to spend, i'll think about purchasing this as an add-on camera to my next camera purchase - a Canon DSLR.
This was probably the first time i was seeing a Ghazal maestro perform live. And what an experience it was. Jagjit Singh took to the stage dot on time, but he did not begin singing immediately. For the first 15 minutes, he did a sound check!
Considering the event was happening at the open air theatre, Jagjit Singh personally checked the sound for each and every microphone, and made sure that each instrument sounded just perfect. Many people in the audience seemed quite impatient at having to wait, to hear that voice, but i really liked the way he was up-in-arms with the organisers, teaching them a lesson or two in sound check.
But despite the initial setup time, Jagjit Singh continued to engross us in his musical masterpieces one after the other for the alloted performing time. Jagjit Singh presented his ghazals, which were listened to, in pin-drop silence. The chill in the November air was just the perfect accompaniment. And you know what the best part was? The concert was absolutely free! Just kinda gave a fillip to that old cliche - the best things in life, always come free.
I was introduced to ghazals by my elder cousins who had cassettes filled with them. And although i am not a huge fan of ghazals as such, to me it meant only two people: Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas.
We lost one of them today.
Here are some of the moments that i had captured back then. I acknowledge the poor quality, but then, for once i was more interested in the performance than photography.
Have always seen picnickers sit under the shade of some tree or the other while snacking, but this group decided to deviate from the obvious. Even without leaves, the tree still manages to command attention.
I was walking around the market place in Mt. Abu with a friend, when we came across this shop of glares and noticed this young chap looking at our cameras. He was holding fort till his uncle would get back to the shop.
I told him that I'd show him some magic. I would click him as well as my friend in the same frame, catch being, my friend would not stand beside him. He was kinda surprised and said i cannot do it. It was a bet.
His smile widened after he saw the image, and saw me in it too. But, he did not keep his part of the bet. Which was to give us those glares for free. Smart.