Exploring Tanjavur, India

Hot Tanjavur Travel Tip

Whatever you can do to get to this place, do it! There are several temples like this… it’s so beautiful and foreign. Once again,, my family and I were the only white people there! I really like these sorts of places… I remember at one time, my daughter Isabella was surrounded by a bunch of Indian kids and grownups that had never seen a white person. They were staring at her and stroking her cheek. It was really sweet (nothing creepy)… Isabella was a little freaked out of course, but I think she kinda liked it too!

You can see more from Tanjavur in a few clips in this video I made last year – enjoy!

Daily Photo – Exploring Tanjavur, India

Wow, how amazing are these temples? One thing you can't see are the dozens of monkeys running around all over the structure. It was like the monkeys were ruling this thing and simply allowing humans to walk underneath it. This is another vertirama… rather hard to put together, truth be told… all a handheld shot, believe it or not! πŸ™‚

See more of them temples here.

Exploring Tanjavur, India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 20:54:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO2500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Gardens of Bangalore

Random Tip 3/3

I’m gonna start a new tradition on 3/3 where I give you three random tips. This tradition will go swimmingly until NEXT 3/3 when I will forget all about it. First up…

How do you insert 360 metadata into a Photo

I’ve been using my Panono to make 360 photos. It works great, and when I download from the Panono site, it’s ready to upload to FB and it will recognize it as a 360 file. However, you may see in this Photo of the Baths that I went into Photoshop and erased myself. That deleted all the 360 data. So how to get it back in? My man Stu and I looked into it and here’s how you do it.

There are a few ways to inject 360 information into an image which has lost it during post processing. More technical people can use ExifTool, a command line tool. There is also http://thexifer.net/ an online service which allows you to upload an image and edit the data. By far the easiest though is a local application such as Exif Pilot ( http://www.colorpilot.com/exif.html ). Simply open Exif Pilot, navigate to/select your image and then click “Edit EXIF/ITPC.”

Click the PhotoSphere tab and set the “panorama projection type” to “Equirectangular”. Click “ok”.

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Daily Photo – The Gardens of Bangalore

This was my first time in Bangalore, India. What a cool city… I took my family to their first Bollywood movie and then we walked through the gardens and danced around a grapefruit tree just like in the movie! Not long after this, we boarded a train for a week to explore the countryside. What an adventure!

My 2nd hot tip is if you're in a Crazy Big City with chaos all around and you find it photographically overwhelming, find some parks. All the green and nature will calm you down… and give you a chance for some more relaxed photography.

The Gardens of Bangalore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-04 13:32:30
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Pilgrimage in India

Snapchat Spectacles

I have some of these now… be sure to tune into “Treyratcliff” on Snapchat to see some ridiculous things. My plan is to have my 8-year-old daughter Scarlett use them to record me whenever she wants and then just send the silly video to my account automagically. This might be a terrible plan.

Daily Photo – Another Pilgrimage in India

This is one of many beautiful temples we visited as a family in the south of India. Because we were at so many remote places, there were hardly any (and often zero) white people there. Many Indians that would travel to these places would come from very far away. They usually traveled in packs of 15-40 and they all had the same outfits… almost like uniforms, representing their home village. It was so cool to see how colorful they were. I could just sit here with my camera and see group after group after group coming through the temple, each completely unique in their own way.

Another Pilgrimage in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 13:23:04
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Riding on a bus in India

Bangalore Fun

Here’s one of the highlight videos from Bangalore during our family trip there!

Daily Photo – Riding on a bus in India

I took thousands and thousands of photos on our recent family trip to India. I don't know if you've been there or not, but if you're spending any time in cities, you'll know how crazy the traffic can be. You can literally spend hours and hours per day in traffic. So I took to taking a lot of photos out the window. I'm obsessed with photography if you can't tell! It was a fun exercise for my mind to see how many “scenes” I could capture as the world went by.

Riding on a bus in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-03 11:18:03
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture9
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Some India Photos

How about a quick 3-batch of photos from India?


Madurai

One place I entered did not allow any cameras at all, so I had to make do with my Android phone. Here’s a panorama made of multiple shots while inside Madurai.

Chennai Quadcopter at Night

Here’s a late-night quadcopter flight near Chennai. Usually, these are more noisy, but we were blessed with a still evening.

Mahamallipurum Detail

Beautiful details on the towers in Mahamallipurum. I could stare at them for hours.

Scarlett in India

India Trip

I’m looking at doing another train trip across India. The last train I took across Southern India (The Southern Splendor) was pretty fun. The train itself was a bit long-in-the-tooth, but still had a certain charm. It wasn’t an inexpensive trip, and I would have expected a higher quality train, but it wasn’t the end of the world… I’m happy anywhere, really. But I’m looking into another train line that looks incredible. No tickets have been booked or anything, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot!

Daily Photo – Scarlett in India

It's great to take the kids with me on these trips because I always have at least one willing photo-subject in Scarlett. The funniest thing is after I take the photos, she's VERY demanding and wanting to look at them all in the back of the camera. If she's not satisfied, she just won't stand for it and makes further demands that I take more photos.

Scarlett in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-08-07 07:00:13
  • CameraX-Pro2
  • Camera MakeFuji
  • Exposure Time1/180
  • Aperture1.2
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length56.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

India Highlights

Here’s the highlights from that beautiful morning. I almost flew the quadcopter too, but it was just too windy… I may have never seen it again. Then again, I did crash it a few days later when a propeller fell off and the whole thing went down dramatically in a river in Kerala.

Daily Photo – A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

I look like I may be alone here, but I assure you I was not. There were literally thousands of Indians that were there with me watching the sunrise. It was crazy! This is a famous pilgrimage location for all Indians, to come here and watch the sunrise. I was amazed how many people there were when the sun finally came up. We had all gotten there in the dark of night so it was hard to tell how many people were around us.

There was one scary point when we lost Scarlett in a crowd of Indians… then her little white body magically appeared about a minute later! I was not worried… Tina was MORE than a bit worried! πŸ™‚

A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-09 02:22:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Resting under a tree in India

India Flashback

And here’s our video from when we visited Thanjavur. I got in trouble for flying a drone here, but you didn’t hear that from me.

Daily Photo – Resting under a tree in India

Thanjavur, India, is another new place I had never been before. We went there via train, and I think it's probably one of the best ways to get around the country if you want to see a lot of things. Dealing with airports is a huge pain, always, but especially so in India. Just getting to the airport, security, travel, waiting, more car transport, checking in, unpacking… that's a whole day right there! If you stay on a train, you can leave all your stuff there and just take quick car rides around to see locations.

Resting under a tree in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 13:06:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Bottles in India

Cool Video

If you’re into astronomy, this is pretty basic stuff, but it’s a fun thing to share with your kids. I don’t think a lot of schools show this aspect of our solar system.

Daily Photo – Bottles in India

While I was in Bangalore, I began a little personal challenge to take 500 photos a day, little “studies” of objects in their space. I didn't plan on publishing any, and I won't publish most, but here is one of those little studies. I have so many photos that I still don't know what to do with… I was thinking about starting another blog called “Trey's Rejected Photos.” Maybe it would be interesting? I don't know…

Bottles in India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-01-03 06:22:36
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4.8
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Magical India

Video Recap

Here’s one of the recap videos from our recent family trip to India! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Magical India

Wow, what a place! I've forgotten the exact name (will look it up), but this place is very close to Thiruvananthapuram. It was amazing during the day, and even more amazing at night! I was not here long enough, but I vow to go back one day and spend more time! πŸ™‚ Now, if I can just remember the name…

Magical India

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-12-25 21:09:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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