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« on: June 26, 2011, 01:51 »
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Anyone had problems shooting in new delhi.I'm hoping to be staying for 5 days in October/november.I will be shooting the tourist hot spots but also would like to shoot some editorial of the poor which begs the question,no pun intended,will i incur any problems ...


« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 12:28 »
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the general answer is there's no problem throughout India. railroad stations are supposedly off limits, but otherwise it's simple.  - check any of my portfolios for examples of market shots, portraits, temples, etc.

  at any of the major tourist spots you'll have more trouble keeping the locals OUT of your images; and we would sometimes be asked to pose with other Indian tourists for their photos  [we even ended up talking to the provincial governor and appearing on local tv when we were watching a local festival]

the larger question is the ethical one.  i've shot images that show poor people, but i dont shoot slums, garbage or similar. i'm not a photojournalist, so i'm not making a documentary, and i dont shoot any picture that i'd be ashamed to show to the subject of that picture.  in general, whenever a shoot images where one person is the main focus, i try to at least establish eye contact and indicate i'd like to take their picture.  most people dont mind, and if someone says no, i immediately drop my camera.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 12:38 »
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Thanks Cascoly.I am also hoping to travel down to Jaipur for the day.Train journey looks like 4 hours and read it might be best to hire a car/driver for the day ?

« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2011, 13:24 »
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I was in India in March for about a week, luckily when it was Holi festival, which I have never seen before. I did mostly editorial shots. Very good acceptance rate on the sites for the shots and they are selling reasonably well too, especially on ss. I didn't encounter any problems taking photos of people. Here are some photos from the trip.

http://www.dreamstime.com/india-colldet15760

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011, 13:59 »
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I was in India in March for about a week, luckily when it was Holi festival, which I have never seen before. I did mostly editorial shots. Very good acceptance rate on the sites for the shots and they are selling reasonably well too, especially on Shutterstock. I didn't encounter any problems taking photos of people. Here are some photos from the trip.

http://www.dreamstime.com/india-colldet15760

Not sure why anyone would throw purple paint over each other but.....Thanks for the link though.
travel plans are going ok.Looks like my journey is going to be..Newcastle/Dubia/New Delhi..15 hours !

« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2011, 14:07 »
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I was in India in March for about a week, luckily when it was Holi festival, which I have never seen before. I did mostly editorial shots. Very good acceptance rate on the sites for the shots and they are selling reasonably well too, especially on Shutterstock. I didn't encounter any problems taking photos of people. Here are some photos from the trip.

http://www.dreamstime.com/india-colldet15760

Not sure why anyone would throw purple paint over each other but.....Thanks for the link though.
travel plans are going ok.Looks like my journey is going to be..Newcastle/Dubia/New Delhi..15 hours !

Great! Well if you haven't flown by Emirates before, get ready to be spoiled.

ShadySue

« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 15:19 »
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I was in India in March for about a week, luckily when it was Holi festival, which I have never seen before. I did mostly editorial shots. Very good acceptance rate on the sites for the shots and they are selling reasonably well too, especially on Shutterstock. I didn't encounter any problems taking photos of people. Here are some photos from the trip.

http://www.dreamstime.com/india-colldet15760

Not sure why anyone would throw purple paint over each other but....

You have a lot of research to do before your trip, then.  ;)

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 16:18 »
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Lots of research Liz.Might even join the Red Cross as a volunteer to help me gain access to some areas that interest me.
After my summer holiday in Devon i shall sit down and book a flight and hotel....

« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 19:27 »
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Personally, just because the person allows you to photograph him, that doesn't give you the right to sell those images, even as RM. I would be very selective regarding how to use these photos.

« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 19:38 »
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Anyone had problems shooting in new delhi.I'm hoping to be staying for 5 days in October/november.I will be shooting the tourist hot spots but also would like to shoot some editorial of the poor which begs the question,no pun intended,will i incur any problems ...

I shot there for a month.  I had problems even though I researched it.  Here's what I found:

1. Guards and such love Polaroids of themselves.  If you can still bring an instant print system you will be able to get into otherwise less accessible areas.

2. Always ask if you can take someone's pic.  I was taking a pic of a lady behind a flower stand and she kept shouting at me in her native tongue and pointing her finger at me.  Then she came after me with her fist and started pounding on me as I curled to protect my equipment and my face.  Police came.  They laughed.  Then educated me on what not to do.

3. Be courteous.

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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 00:54 »
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Personally, just because the person allows you to photograph him, that doesn't give you the right to sell those images, even as RM. I would be very selective regarding how to use these photos.
These will be getting sold as editorial..Real people,real situtations....

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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 01:00 »
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Mantis,thanks for your post.Some shoot and then ask....
I found shooting editorial in London recently that if you first approach people in a friendly manner they mostly agree to be photographed.However in that situation it's difficult not to get a 'staged'/'posed' shot as the subject is now aware of your presence.
I can also imagine language/communicating will be a problem for me.

« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 01:45 »
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2. Always ask if you can take someone's pic.  I was taking a pic of a lady behind a flower stand and she kept shouting at me in her native tongue and pointing her finger at me.  Then she came after me with her fist and started pounding on me as I curled to protect my equipment and my face.  Police came.  They laughed.  Then educated me on what not to do.

Heck, I don't think I would have half my port. if I always asked and my port is already small enough! I know people have moral issues about not asking, but we are recorded on a daily basis, cctv cameras etc. and I've never been asked if I can be recorded (plus we don't know who is shown this footage). Some of the best pictures I have and top sellers are when I haven't asked. I'm used to being shouted at and able to diffuse the situation, if things get dicey. The image below is of immigration in Singapore, the image wouldn't exist if I had asked. So far 12 downloads on dt and 40 downloads on ss. Shoot fast, smile a lot, if you get caught taking a photo speak to the person, say "Wow, you look great", "I love this country" etc. If ever I'm in any kind of trouble, police, immigration, someone getting angry after I photographed them, praise them, it's virtually the only time I suck up to people, usually the bigger the ego a person has the better it works and if their ego isn't big, they usually don't mind being photographed anyway.

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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011, 01:47 »
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Indian is a dreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam for people shots. They're not all 'oh no my face is precious like gold don't even look at me' like westerners.  A little smile with the eyes, and the head jiggle, and you're away.  Also, there is no truth here, only debate - so if someone tries to stop you there's always a way around it.

If you're lazy just sit down until a crowd gathers in front of you, then snap away on the portraits as much as you want.

One thing's for sure though, more people will take your photo than you theirs.

Indians will charm you : ) they're so generous and light of spirit.

edit: don't take photos of fishwives! they'll beat you up and be foul-mouthed about it too. but i think that's everywhere in the world?

« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2011, 01:54 »
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2. Always ask if you can take someone's pic.  I was taking a pic of a lady behind a flower stand and she kept shouting at me in her native tongue and pointing her finger at me.  Then she came after me with her fist and started pounding on me as I curled to protect my equipment and my face.  Police came.  They laughed.  Then educated me on what not to do.


This doesn't help if you want good editorial shots - it's better if they're not posed.  99.99999% of people won't get angry - and for the tiny percentage who do, it's an opportunity to apologise and make friends.

« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2011, 02:45 »
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Indian is a dreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam for people shots. They're not all 'oh no my face is precious like gold don't even look at me' like westerners.  A little smile with the eyes, and the head jiggle, and you're away.  Also, there is no truth here, only debate - so if someone tries to stop you there's always a way around it.

If you're lazy just sit down until a crowd gathers in front of you, then snap away on the portraits as much as you want.

One thing's for sure though, more people will take your photo than you theirs.

Indians will charm you : ) they're so generous and light of spirit.

edit: don't take photos of fishwives! they'll beat you up and be foul-mouthed about it too. but i think that's everywhere in the world?
Haha! I think you just about covered it.
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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2011, 07:23 »
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2. Always ask if you can take someone's pic.  I was taking a pic of a lady behind a flower stand and she kept shouting at me in her native tongue and pointing her finger at me.  Then she came after me with her fist and started pounding on me as I curled to protect my equipment and my face.  Police came.  They laughed.  Then educated me on what not to do.

Heck, I don't think I would have half my port. if I always asked and my port is already small enough! I know people have moral issues about not asking, but we are recorded on a daily basis, cctv cameras etc. and I've never been asked if I can be recorded (plus we don't know who is shown this footage). Some of the best pictures I have and top sellers are when I haven't asked. I'm used to being shouted at and able to diffuse the situation, if things get dicey. The image below is of immigration in Singapore, the image wouldn't exist if I had asked. So far 12 downloads on Dreamstime and 40 downloads on Shutterstock. Shoot fast, smile a lot, if you get caught taking a photo speak to the person, say "Wow, you look great", "I love this country" etc. If ever I'm in any kind of trouble, police, immigration, someone getting angry after I photographed them, praise them, it's virtually the only time I suck up to people, usually the bigger the ego a person has the better it works and if their ego isn't big, they usually don't mind being photographed anyway.

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Yea, it's been awhile.  The police basically said that if someone tells you to stop you should stop.  I too have a pile of people shots I took without asking.  Just was educated on the fact that some people have certain beliefs and dislikes, so it they clearly don't want their picture taken then move on.

« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2011, 09:23 »
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Last week I was on a visa run in Singapore. I met a traveller who showed me his camera equipment, which was all new. He got out one lens and said this is my Varanasi lens. Initially, I thought he said he bought it in Varanasi, but he basically bought it to take photos from afar of the cremations in Varanasi, which is strictly not allowed. I've been to Varanasi and although I've taken photos at the ghats, I didn't attempt to take photos of the cremations. I do like to take photos of people in their natural environment and when they are unaware. I've been doing it since I was 15. I know the limits and if someone clearly doesn't want their picture taken, then all you can do is smile, try to chat etc., if that doesn't work then I think most people have the good sense to move on.

« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2011, 09:56 »
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Thanks Cascoly.I am also hoping to travel down to Jaipur for the day.Train journey looks like 4 hours and read it might be best to hire a car/driver for the day ?


we almost always use a car & driver - first, it's faster than any other public transportation, but more importantly, you have flexibility and you see more.  you dont get any pictures from a train.  good drivers often seek out pictures FOR you - itinerant temple elephants, isoalted shrines, washing day, local festivals, etc

we've done 6 week trips in 2003 and 2009 after several shorter trips.  the major sites are in incredible, but it's the journey that makes india so fascinating

http://hubpages.com/hub/Tips-for-Travel-in-India
http://hubpages.com/hub/Darshan-at-Tirupati-in-South-India

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« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2011, 13:22 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

ShadySue

« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2011, 17:06 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....
Mine was easy the last time, and I haven't heard anything recently - have you?
Have you been watching the Caroloine Quentin series? I only caught tonight's, the last episode, but interesting 'snippets' of some aspects of Indian life.

Slainte
Liz

« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2011, 18:06 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

Don't call yourself a photographer, they will want you to get a journalist's visa (double the price) and provide guarantees that you won't take photos. Logic doesn't come into it. Just be a tourist.

« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2011, 18:54 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

getting a visa is  easy and straightforward - i had mine within a week -- all the info you need is online

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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2011, 01:04 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....
Mine was easy the last time, and I haven't heard anything recently - have you?
Have you been watching the Caroloine Quentin series? I only caught tonight's, the last episode, but interesting 'snippets' of some aspects of Indian life.

Slainte
Liz
Sure did.Very enjoyable !

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« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2011, 01:07 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

getting a visa is  easy and straightforward - i had mine within a week -- all the info you need is online
Well i got the impression i apply online/download the application/sign and send two photos/my british passport/money and then need to be seen in person.Sent them an email for clarification.
I am going as a tourist  but a good titp not to mention photography.Thanks

ShadySue

« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2011, 02:30 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

getting a visa is  easy and straightforward - i had mine within a week -- all the info you need is online
Well i got the impression i apply online/download the application/sign and send two photos/my british passport/money and then need to be seen in person.Sent them an email for clarification.
I am going as a tourist  but a good titp not to mention photography.Thanks
Make sure you send it whatever the modern equivalent of registered post is (?special delivery?), and that your SAE is also registered. Also do it well in advance. They say four weeks, but you want if possible at least 8 in case things go wrong. Mine came back within a week, but that was a while - too long! - ago.

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« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2011, 13:36 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

getting a visa is  easy and straightforward - i had mine within a week -- all the info you need is online
Well i got the impression i apply online/download the application/sign and send two photos/my british passport/money and then need to be seen in person.Sent them an email for clarification.
I am going as a tourist  but a good titp not to mention photography.Thanks
Make sure you send it whatever the modern equivalent of registered post is (?special delivery?), and that your SAE is also registered. Also do it well in advance. They say four weeks, but you want if possible at least 8 in case things go wrong. Mine came back within a week, but that was a while - too long! - ago.
Well i certainly want it to hand before booking hotel and flight....
Oh and i dont eat curry so whats tasty in india?

« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2011, 14:50 »
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....Oh and i dont eat curry so whats tasty in india?

     :D :D ;D

ShadySue

« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2011, 15:20 »
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....Oh and i dont eat curry so whats tasty in india?

     :D :D ;D

::) ::) ::)
Get ready for the meaner, leaner Shankie.
Whatever, be prepared for Delhi belly; most people get it. Take rehydration sachets and use them if necessary; take imodium, but don't use it unless you get stricken when you need to travel on. It doesn't cure you, just 'plugs' you - it all has to come out, and better sooner than later.
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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2011, 16:13 »
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Well i got the impression i apply online/download the application/sign and send two photos/my british passport/money and then need to be seen in person.Sent them an email for clarification.
I am going as a tourist  but a good titp not to mention photography.Thanks

Well i certainly want it to hand before booking hotel and flight....
Oh and i dont eat curry so whats tasty in india?
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i didnt have to see anyone in person for my visa

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to many people curry means curry powder - in fact, curry  covers a wide array of spice mixtures, and indian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. 
http://hubpages.com/hub/Best-Recipes-from-Around-the-World

gives some indian recipes i've discovered, and also some dishes we've enjoyed in india

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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2011, 16:20 »
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I shall be careful what i eat.Got a pretty strong stomach.
Been looking through Magnum Agency tonight.Some fine editorial work on show...

ShadySue

« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2011, 17:24 »
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I shall be careful what i eat.Got a pretty strong stomach.
Been looking through Magnum Agency tonight.Some fine editorial work on show...

Now you're really talking. Those are the real, REAL photographers. Wonderful stuff, on the whole.
My favourite is Salgado, but he's not been with Magnum for about 15 years, IIRC.
I got this book.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0714842451/ref=oss_product
Wonderful book, tons to learn. The book is huge and heavy, so is quite difficult to read in bed!

« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2011, 21:57 »
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Oh and i dont eat curry so whats tasty in india?

Tandoori!!!!!!!!!! : )

traveler1116

« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2011, 10:47 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

Don't call yourself a photographer, they will want you to get a journalist's visa (double the price) and provide guarantees that you won't take photos. Logic doesn't come into it. Just be a tourist.

When I applied for mine to China I wrote photographer on the visa form, the lady at the embassy told me to change it to something else and proceeded to white out what I wrote and said I should write "unemployed" since I wasn't working for anyone.  I again wrote photographer for my India visa and they said that it is really bad to have that on the form so I quickly told them China let me change it to unemployed and they agreed it would be better and they whited out photographer so I could write unemployed.  I think it's pretty funny that the world's largest democracy and communist country have both come to the conclusion that a photographer is worse than an unemployed person.  You don't need to write photographer on the form and you shouldn't unless you want to pay a lot more, send in credentials, explain a lot, and wait months for a visa, you aren't a journalist so you won't have any problems.
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« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2011, 14:29 »
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Getting a Visa is going to be a PITTA imo....

Don't call yourself a photographer, they will want you to get a journalist's visa (double the price) and provide guarantees that you won't take photos. Logic doesn't come into it. Just be a tourist.

When I applied for mine to China I wrote photographer on the visa form, the lady at the embassy told me to change it to something else and proceeded to white out what I wrote and said I should write "unemployed" since I wasn't working for anyone.  I again wrote photographer for my India visa and they said that it is really bad to have that on the form so I quickly told them China let me change it to unemployed and they agreed it would be better and they whited out photographer so I could write unemployed.  I think it's pretty funny that the world's largest democracy and communist country have both come to the conclusion that a photographer is worse than an unemployed person.  You don't need to write photographer on the form and you shouldn't unless you want to pay a lot more, send in credentials, explain a lot, and wait months for a visa, you aren't a journalist so you won't have any problems.

Depends what kind of visa you're applying for. If it's a tourist visa, definitely don't put dancer, volunteer worker, photographer or anything like that. The indian government will want a letter from your employer guaranteeing you won't be doing those occupations during your stay.

« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2011, 17:13 »
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I'm curious how you all deal with your camera equipment on these trips. I just can't see myself taking lots of gear, for fear its going to get swiped either during a shoot, or somewhere in between. This is especially the case given I don't see myself spending the money for high end hotels where I know a safe will likely exist. Sure insurance exists, but beyond recovering the cost of lost equipment, this won't salvage trip wasted due to lack of gear. Thoughts?

Even considered going totally minimalist, and investing in a high end point and shoot that can take decent shots when light is decent.

« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2011, 18:31 »
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I see no issues taking a camera. I never leave it in the hotel, it's always in my backpack. I don't go to places where it would be dangerous to go with a camera. Depending on the place, I just don't use it on my neck all the time, I take it only when photographing.

traveler1116

« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2011, 11:39 »
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I'm curious how you all deal with your camera equipment on these trips. I just can't see myself taking lots of gear, for fear its going to get swiped either during a shoot, or somewhere in between. This is especially the case given I don't see myself spending the money for high end hotels where I know a safe will likely exist. Sure insurance exists, but beyond recovering the cost of lost equipment, this won't salvage trip wasted due to lack of gear. Thoughts?

Even considered going totally minimalist, and investing in a high end point and shoot that can take decent shots when light is decent.

I just spent 2.5 years going around the world with my 5d and then 5d mark ii,  couple L lenses, flash, laptop, etc.. stayed in hostels ( some as cheap as 2 dollars a night) and never had anything stolen.  Be careful with your gear, stay places that look respectable if you can, use your own lock on lockers, don't let expensive stuff out of your sight on public transport, and use common sense (don't flash expensive cameras around in Lima for instance). 

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« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2011, 13:18 »
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I'm curious how you all deal with your camera equipment on these trips. I just can't see myself taking lots of gear, for fear its going to get swiped either during a shoot, or somewhere in between. This is especially the case given I don't see myself spending the money for high end hotels where I know a safe will likely exist. Sure insurance exists, but beyond recovering the cost of lost equipment, this won't salvage trip wasted due to lack of gear. Thoughts?

Even considered going totally minimalist, and investing in a high end point and shoot that can take decent shots when light is decent.

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When i'm in India,getting valid concerns by the family on why i should not go !, i shall have one camera,one lense and 51 years expierance of life.I will be just fine.

« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2011, 14:42 »
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I'm curious how you all deal with your camera equipment on these trips. I just can't see myself taking lots of gear, for fear its going to get swiped either during a shoot, or somewhere in between. This is especially the case given I don't see myself spending the money for high end hotels where I know a safe will likely exist. Sure insurance exists, but beyond recovering the cost of lost equipment, this won't salvage trip wasted due to lack of gear. Thoughts?

Even considered going totally minimalist, and investing in a high end point and shoot that can take decent shots when light is decent.

i do use a high end point & shoot - sony HX1,[ but mostly because it performs best for my sometimes shaky hands], but even with a dslr, try to find a bag that doesnt scream 'big camera'.   i found a black leather male purse that is light enough i take it skiing, and still easy to access.


oterwsie i dont worry a lot - crap happens, but not much you can do beyond taking the usual precautions others have mentioned.  i used to lead hiking trips to nepal, india, china and turkey, and have never had nyone lose their camera.

« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2011, 19:18 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D

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« Reply #41 on: July 01, 2011, 01:02 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D
Buffalo is quite tasty by all accounts.....

ShadySue

« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2011, 05:51 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D
Buffalo is quite tasty by all accounts.....
I don't think you've fully grasped the concept of the sacred cow, i.e. beef is relatively difficult to come by.
FWIW, I found the meat tough but tasty, but I like most 'curries'. In Rajasthan the carrots are bright red, but taste exactly like UK carrots.

« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2011, 07:13 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D
Buffalo is quite tasty by all accounts.....

Oh buffalo. You know you've got that when the butcher said it was beef when you're still chewing your first mouthful at 3 in the morning.

And mutton is goat, and lamb is goat. Who knows what goat is because i've never seen it on the menu - maybe lamb?

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« Reply #44 on: July 01, 2011, 14:25 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D
Buffalo is quite tasty by all accounts.....

Oh buffalo. You know you've got that when the butcher said it was beef when you're still chewing your first mouthful at 3 in the morning.

And mutton is goat, and lamb is goat. Who knows what goat is because i've never seen it on the menu - maybe lamb?
Do they have Tesco's in India ? .Must have a few  McDonalds or Burger King's ?

« Reply #45 on: July 01, 2011, 14:42 »
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Do they have Tesco's in India ? .Must have a few  McDonalds or Burger King's ?

Are u sure you want to go to India? It would be cheaper and you'd probably have more fun going to your local retail park.  ;D

« Reply #46 on: July 01, 2011, 14:52 »
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I was told that McDonald's in India does not have meat burgers - maybe they use soya protein

« Reply #47 on: July 01, 2011, 14:59 »
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I was told that McDonald's in India does not have meat burgers - maybe they use soya protein


they dont use beef - buffalo is not considered beef, however,  and there's always chicken , fish & pork

india has fantastic fast food -- besides the individual small shops featuring samosas, pakora, et al, there are pushcart vendors with peanuts, fried soy, lentls and other crispy treats, jalupa [like churros but stickier ],barfi

 

http://www.pix-now.com/Food/Markets-around-the-world/
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« Reply #48 on: July 01, 2011, 17:19 »
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Shank, I was on the iStock IndiaLypse last year - you might find it helpful to contact the organiser (istock contributor eRomaze) for tips.  He lives in Delhi and is very helpful.  He could probably give you a few suggestions.

As for food, yes they do have MacDonalds, but I've been to India a few times and I'd always recommend going vegetarian, even if you aren't generally.  Their veggie food is the best and available everywhere, and you're less likely to get ill eating it.  The safest food is the food you can see being cooked.

« Reply #49 on: July 01, 2011, 17:50 »
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Do they have Tesco's in India ? .Must have a few  McDonalds or Burger King's ?

Of the burgers you're probably familiar with, McDonalds only has McChickens and McFilet 'o Fish - the only "non-veg" foods they serve are chicken and fish. I'd steer clear of their Maharaja Big Mac... awful!

I saw Subway but don't remember coming across Burger King.

In general, I'd recommend sticking to Vegetarian food while in India - take imodium even if you have a strong stomach, and maybe even some vitamin and mineral supplements. Don't expect food in India to look like anything that's served in most UK Indian restaurants!

Maybe take a stick along to keep the monkeys off your breakfast! :)

« Reply #50 on: July 01, 2011, 18:35 »
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they dont use beef - buffalo is not considered beef, however,
That's an interesting concept. :)  I like buffalo meat, at least what I've eaten here in Brazil. Very tasty.

« Reply #51 on: July 01, 2011, 21:32 »
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I think the biggest risk for a traveler in India is the food! ;D
Buffalo is quite tasty by all accounts.....

Oh buffalo. You know you've got that when the butcher said it was beef when you're still chewing your first mouthful at 3 in the morning.

And mutton is goat, and lamb is goat. Who knows what goat is because i've never seen it on the menu - maybe lamb?
Do they have Tesco's in India ? .Must have a few  McDonalds or Burger King's ?

If you're in Delhi you don't have to worry about food at all. At all. You'll be able to get everything and anything (not monkey). 

On this beef thing - best steak I ever ate was in India. $2 for a kilo of fillet.  But you have to cook it yourself because most restaurants don't distinguish between cuts.

Muslims and christians = meat.  A sentence that sounds so wrong in so many ways, but is actually very innocent.  I'm not sure if three nouns, a conjunction and a maths sign is a legal sentence but the underlying truth is solid.

« Reply #52 on: July 03, 2011, 10:31 »
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Hello everyone.. I live in India and would tell you that there are numerous food dishes from veg to non-veg.. I guess you will never worry about it.. not too costly..
India being the best place for spicy, delicious food..

Now for photography purpose you are free to shoot anything but there are some places for which you have to take permissions.
There are lot of festivals in India. I will recommend you ppl that from September there is Ganesha Utsav festival beginning.. which is extremely huge and enjoyable



Do visit at this time for nice photography...  ;)

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« Reply #53 on: July 03, 2011, 13:18 »
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Thanks for your comment pinny.I am hopely visiting New Delhi late Oct. early Nov. this year.It will be my fourth holiday this year.Screw the new car and  gas fire  ;D

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« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2011, 16:29 »
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Have to put my plans on hold for India.Istockphoto just announced a Lypse to Milan,Italy.
Lots of names will be going into the draw.Might get lucky again !

« Reply #55 on: July 08, 2011, 02:46 »
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Have to put my plans on hold for India.Istockphoto just announced a Lypse to Milan,Italy.
Lots of names will be going into the draw.Might get lucky again !

So long as Lobo isn't doing the random picking of names.  ;)


 

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