Photography: Traveling light without sacrificing Quality, extremes on body and equipment, India April 2016.



From one extreme to another… the streets of Kolkata,
the spectacle of Kumbh Mela and the
awesome, ancient ruined city of Mandu.
India, April 2016


Oh Boy…this post has been long overdue, but you might notice also I have changed the look of the Blog and that took time… or shall I say, making decisions, decision, decisions…
plus some technical issues.
Anyway here it is, a slight new look and a new post from my last trip to India with a small but exceptional group of good friends.

Warning:

Some viewers might find a few images offensive;
Sadhus (Nagas) do not wear any clothing at all.
Viewer discretion is advised.

It was an awesome Journey, and If you ask me if I do it again… YES, of course I would!
I selected some images from each place for this post, but if you like to view more from this amazing Journey please click on the LINKS below to my
PhotoShelter Gallery.
There are so many other great Images but
unfortunately I can't squeeze them all into this post.

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Kolkata, 2016
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Kumbh Mela,Ujjain 2016
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Mandu, 2016

It all started in the streets of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta
the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River
(
I love Kolkata… its never boring!)

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This is Kolkata!

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The streets of Kolkata.

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The famous Kolkata Oil massage at Babu Ghat along the River Howrah

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In the back streets and hidden Alleyways of Kolkata.

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A Slum area in Kolkata.

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A worker at the Flower Market braiding flowers, Kolkata.

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A porter counting his daily income at the Flower Market, Kolkata.


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Preparing flower arrangements at the whole sale Flower Market, Kolkata.


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Break time with a small cup of Masala chai (Tea) at the whole sale Fruit Market, Kolkata.

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Group of Fisherman in the Wetlands outside Kolkata.

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Locals from a small village wading through the Mud
searching for the last fish in the Wetlands outside Kolkata.


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View towards a modern Buildings from the Wetlands
outside Kolkata.


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"The Window Cleaner" modern and colorful architecture in Kolkata.

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Shadows in the streets of Kolkata.

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Colorful steel gate at a metal workshop.Kolkata

After a great week roaming the streets in Kolkata we flew to Indore (Madhya Pradesh) near Ujjain for the Kumbh Mela, witnessing first hand the spectacle of this one in a lifetime event.
This event in the Hindu calendar takes place only every 12 years, and it is here where you have
“Butt naked, Penis exposed and Pot smoking” Sadhus mingle freely with the crowd.
Our other destination was the ancient ruined city of Mandu, an amazing and historical site in the state of
Madhya Pradesh.
Then back to Delhi; but before catching our return flight home we made another two-day trip to Vrindavan and Matura,
Uttar Pradesh about 3 hours drive from Delhi.

Kumbh Mela
- The gathering of millions; pilgrims from all over India mingled with the most amazing Sadhus you ever can encounter, from the naked Nagas, to totally bizarre characters amongst devotees and pilgrims, an endless sea of moving colors.
The real challenge began at the Kumbh Mela.
Moving around with cameras looking for the right images in soaring heat with very little or no shade amongst millions of Pilgrims.
Just getting from our humble Hotel to the river took some serious walking (there was absolutely no vehicle access allowed due to security) and navigating amongst this enormous crowd was certainly not an easy task and
definitely not a walk in the park.
(Note: I actually booked the hotel some 6 month ahead of time and the usual wakeup calls were around 3AM)
The other “hardship” we had to endure; our Hotel was pure Vegetarian (which I don’t mind) but also no beer or other alcoholic beverages were available.
My dear friends Hubi and Bob were suffering a bit more on this occasion, especially the craving for a cold Beer after a long day in the heat.
The actual event: - Ujjain Simhastha is a Hindu religious mela held every 12 years in the Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh, India. The name is also transliterated as Sinhastha or Singhastha. In Hindi, the fair is also called Simhasth or Sinhasth (due to schwa deletion). The name derives from the fact that it is held when the Jupiter is in Leo (Simha in Hindu astrology).

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A small temple of worship at the Kumbh Mela,
Ujjain April 2016


It is one of the four fairs traditionally recognized as Kumbha Melas, and is also known as Ujjain Kumbh Mela. According to Hindu mythology, Vishnu dropped drops of amrita (the drink of immortality) at four places, while transporting it in a kumbha (pot). These four places, including Ujjain, are identified as the present-day sites of the Kumbh Mela.“Kumbh” the literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan” (Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils.
The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘.-


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The Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, April 2016

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Sadhu (Naga) with his cellphone, Ujjain Kumbh Mela

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Sadhus (Naga's) smoking a Bong, Ujjain
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Naga Holy Man roaming around during the,
Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, April 2016



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Sadhus (Nagas) "it is the look after-all," Ujjain,
Kumbh Mela 2016


I have to admit this Journey was very different but also awesome in many different ways, a constant challenge, putting up with unbearable heat as temperatures reached way above 40 degrees and walking miles on end, not only in Kolkata but even more so during the Kumbh Mela.
On the brighter side, making images by walking is better anyway as long you have plenty of water.
Due to the heat, starting the day prior sunrise was a must and made it somehow bearable at least during the early hours of the morning, plus inhaling the ever-present smoke from the Sadhu’s smoking weed during the Kumbh Mela had a “calming effect”.


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"In trance" Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016


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Pilgrims surrounding this Naga Holy Man,
Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016


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Ujjain,Kumbh Mela 2016

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Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

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Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

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Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

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"Blessed if you ring the bell on his penis" but I am not sure why he is wearing two watches on his ankles. Ujjain,
Kumbh Mela 2016


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Another cool Character, Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016

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"Blues Brothers", Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, April 2016

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The colors of the Kumbh Mela 2016

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The colors of the Kumbh Mela, Ujjain 2016

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The colors of the Kumbh Mela,women drying their Sari after their holy bath. Ujjain 2016

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Women worship and taken their holy bath.
Kumbh Mela,Ujjain April 2016


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Its all in the Eyes…Kumbh Mela, Ujjain 2016

Of course we had to carrying our own water supply and cameras for the day, since going back to the Hotel was
not an option at all.
What made also a difference, some of us including myself used the
Panasonic Micro Four-Thirds Lumix Cameras
and
Lenses instead logging around those heavy DSLR’s.

For additional equipment used (Lenses etc.)during this Journey and more info see below at the end of this Blog Post.

Traveling light without sacrificing Quality certainly proved a point this time around.


Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district. It is located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, India, about 35 km from Dhar city. In the 11th century, Mandu was the sub division of the Tarangagadh or Taranga kingdom. A fortress town on a rocky outcrop about 100 km from Indore. The oldest mosque in this area dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture.

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The entrance hall at the Jama Masjid or great mosque
in Mandu, April 2016
The Construction of this mosque was started by Sultan Hoshang Shah Ghuri and completed by Mahmud Shah Khilji in 1454 AD.
By far, this is the most majestic building at Mandu. It is said that the builders had designed it after the great mosque of Damascus.



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The main durbar hall of Hindola Mahal, Mandu, April 2016

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He greeted me at the entrance to the Jain temple in Mandu, April 2016


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He honestly was just there…
Mandu, April 2016

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Carrying a heavy load…Mandu, April 2016

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"Should I eat first in the Restaurant or should I check in first? Mandu, April 2016

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The ladies having a break at a small tribal Village near
Mandu, April 2016


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Sunset and silhouette of an ancient Watchtower and Boab tree. Mandu ki Imli, a local parlance
for Baobab seeds, is a special kind of tamarind used by the people of Mandu in the State of
Madhya Pradesh, India. The fruit which looks like papaya is originally the fruit of the Baobab tree
and Mandu is the only place in the whole of Asia where one can found Baobab trees.
Scientifically known as Adansonia the tree is a native of African lands.


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On the road near Mandu April 2016


Even so the heat was still with us exploring this part was a lot more laid back and we had all the area for ourselves, the mammoth crowd had “disappeared” and Mandu become R&R for us, in particular for Hubi and Bob since beer was not an issue anymore.
Now I like to thank Bob, Hubert and Reinhart for the surprise Birthday cake, I really don’t know how they managed it but somehow they got a super nice Cake for me in this remote part of India.

Apparently they had ordered it from another very small town some 35Km away. Thanks a lot guys!

But there was also another cake that Hubi made in the Kitchen at the place we stayed and that one was very different indeed, (fresh Tomatoes with fried eggs over the top and a single candle) but I enjoyed that one too.
I love Tomatoes and my eggs and he knew this only to well. Thanks Hubi.
The cool thing was… I had a great Birthday in a very different and unique place, made only possible by a bunch of good friends.

Thanks my friends for being part of this truly awesome Journey.

GD

Just one more.

…but this is an entirely different story and believe it or not,
it is in Black and White,
oh… I might throw in a bit of color, lets see.



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Access to this facility was almost impossible, but I managed to get in and
we had the rare opportunity to photograph a leather tannery.
More soon…


Additional equipment info:
I used for the entire trip the MFT -
Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the GX8

See below a list of lenses I carried with me on this trip,
but about 70% of the time I used the Lumix G Vario
12-35mm f:2.8. with the GX8.

The ISO varied under normal condition
between 200 and 800 ISO In some cases I had
no choice but to go up
to ISO 3200 and I am very impressed with
the results. The Noise which is little up
to 3200 ISO looks more like a nice film grain
and I like that a lot.

I also tested on this trip the
New Leica DG
Vario-Elmar 100-400mm
handheld all the time
and never going beyond 400 ISO on the GX8
Here the Dual stabilizer made really all the
difference, this is truly an excellent Lens.

Other Lenses I carried on this trip included the:

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 f 1.2
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I totally love this one! One day I just took this one
out for the whole day
and nothing else using it with the GX8

Everything fitted nicely in one small bag including my
MacBook Proand I also pushed myself in bringing along
only little clothing everything was hand carried luggage
and traveling became easy.


My other Companions:

LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH
(superb)
Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH
(great all a-rounder)
Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2.8
(
totally awesome)
Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
(just so small but yet so sharp)
Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0
(excellent wide angle)



Photography: The Colors of Phnom Penh and a little bit more with the LUMIX GX8

“The Colors of Phnom Penh” and a little bit more. Cambodia Oct/Nov.2015

Pushing the LUMIX GX8 to the limit?
Not yet, this one has plenty more to offer and yes,
I am traveling very light
without sacrificing quality.


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One of those perfect afternoons, magical light and Birds in the sky over the Grand Performance Hall at the Grand Place,
Phnom Penh.
The Grand performance Hall has a very special place in my heart, it was here in 1992 that I photographed for the first time after the Pol Pot regime the APSARA Dancers, it was a first for them and me after the war. Of course that was done on good
old Kodachrome.

LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 200

"Photography is light… light is photography,
an endless Journey through Color and Time."
- GD


Some of you already know that I have been traveling to Cambodia since 1992 and nothing has changed, I still visit Cambodia yearly, rain or shine.

You maybe wondering that after all those countless visits I don’t get bored…believe me, I never get bored in Cambodia. I love this Country with its beautiful people who at times suffered so much and still do today.

Every time I am in Phnom Penh or in other parts of Cambodia I feel like I am going back in time, sure there have been a lot of changes since 1992 but somehow I truly feel at home here.

It is not only the amazing temples and ruins from the Khmer Empire that I find so fascinating; I guess it is also my personal interest in Archaeology, that I return year after year.
But then there is so much more when roaming the country site or just strolling through the streets of Phnom Penh, sitting in one of the many side Cafe’s watching life go by and let the subjects come to you.

Only a couple of weeks ago the opportunity arose again to visit Phnom Penh to take a group of editors from different media around and introducing them to the new Panasonic Lumix GX8. What a great location to use Phnom Penh to showcase the ability of this new Lumix GX8, after all, it is practical my back yard…

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Early morning, exercising along the Mekong River.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 200


Of course staying only one or two days is never an option for me and I added a couple days at the front and at the backend of the official trip.
I might add the group of 12, all from Singapore were very cool and I had no problems getting them motivated even in the wee hours of the morning until dark.

Thanks a bunch, you all have been great and my special thanks to the superb Panasonic group/support team like Shawn, Ziang and Kim, thanks a lot you guys.

As many of you know already I usually don’t talk much about all those technical issues I rather let my images do the talking.

But I like to mention a few things now; all images are taken with the Lumix GX8 using the 12 to 35 mm f: 2.8 for most of the images with the exception of a few that have been taken with the great little 20 mm f1.7
For all outdoor shots I used ISO 200, for early mornings and very late in the afternoon I sometimes used ISO 400.
Inside the Russian and Old Market in Phnom Penh and during my out of town venture to the wholesale fish market I varied the ISO between1600 and 2500. Those are super dark places and some I visited also in the middle of the night.
Here of course the new dual stabilizer system came in extremely handy since I didn’t use a tripod for any of these images.

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The meat-section at the Old Market
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 40mm f:1.7, ISO 400


Again the GX8 performed exceptional well under any conditions with very good color rendition and sharp images even at a higher ISO, the Noise as we call it now is actually looking more like a very nice film grain which I like a lot.
This was a very nice field test, under many difficult conditions.

Since I know Phnom Penh fairly well, I do discover new things during each and every visit and as mention before I never get bored here.

I also decided for this trip to take a slightly different approach and I was shooting fairly laid back and a lot of the featured images just came to me.
I hate chasing things around…in other words I was very relaxed on this Journey even during a 3:00AM morning shoot.
Well, I was the one who decided that and there is nobody else to blame but me.

The only problem, my Tuk Tuk driver didn’t show up on this particular morning, so I had to chase another one at 2:45AM who could take me out of town by 3:00AM. Now you might think it is easy to get another Tuk Tuk at that time of the day… no chance, but somehow I managed to locate one and all worked out well in the end.

Please Note:
All images are taken in RAW format and processed with very minimal adjustments in Lightroom.

More images from Phnom Penh below…
Cheers GD

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This young girl is selling colorful Bangles on the street, she approached me during one of my coffee breaks at one of the
Side Cafe's, sometimes it just comes to you.
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Waiting for?
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Finding the right subject is the hardest part - Mary Ellen Mark

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Hmmm…picking facial hair
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Colorful Hanging Mats
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A shaft of light, inside the very dark Russian Market
and excellent handling by the GX8 in low light.

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It rain a bit overnight and by the time to get out and about for sunrise there was almost no more evidence from the nights downpour.
With the exception of this one small puddle along the Mekong River "Boulevard" in Phnom Penh, reflecting this peaceful group during
their morning exercise.



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Sunrise at the Mekong River,Phnom Penh
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Be ready when the Light is right…you have only seconds,
but this is the moment that counts. - GD



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An early morning cup of Tea for this chap
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Hi Mr… first light at the banks of the Mekong River
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Resting in the Russian Market
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Fancy some new Hair?
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This is truly an amazing Lady, but that is another story…
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"The Mechanic"
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Pure reflection: Opposite my Hotel - a new Construction site is reflecting in a new office glass building from the opposite site.
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Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 200


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No… I did not hang that one there…
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A photographer’s work is given shape and style by his
personal vision.
It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life
and the world around him.
- Pete Turner



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"The Accountant" at 3:30AM
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Taken the spoils… at 3:00AM
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On the streets of Phnom Penh
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Resting at the Russian Market
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Abstract Patterns at my Hotel lobby
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The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see - John W. Tukey


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Somewhere in the side streets of Phnom Penh
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Just one more…

"There is so much beauty around us even in very ordinary places that can be discovered only if we walk with our
eyes wide open.
But don't close your Eyes to the sad, ugly or misery, they are just as import and teach us valuable lessons in life."
- GD

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In the streets of Phnom Penh
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For more technical info and precise details please check out the Panasonic site at this LINK.


Caught; one unforgettable night with the Panasonic Lumix GX8

Traveling light, without sacrificing quality.

“Manila’s Water World.”

The song goes like this…
One night in Bangkok makes your heart go tumble…
…or a night at the Cave Wine bar makes
your shutter rumble.


It was certainly one of those days/nights I will remember for a long time and one of the reasons that you should never leave home without it… the camera that is.

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Last week in Yakal Street, Makati, Manila, Philippines.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500

When I looked out the office window around 5PM I should have known better that this could be quiet a ride home. A dark almost black wall of clouds moving ever so much closer and sure enough by the time I reached my favorite Cave Wine Bar in Yakal Street, Makati with in minutes all hell broke loose.

For over an hour a super heavy torrential Monsoon rain hammered us, and Yakal Street turned into a flowing river. There was no way I could get home now, but then I guess it could have been worst, at least I was not stuck in traffic but had the good company of my friends Hubert and Othmar at the Cave Wine Bar who shared the same fate with me.

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"Trying to get home" very sweet, the Filipino way
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There was no shortage of exquisite wine and food and the thought crossed my mind getting stuck into a few good bottles of Red, however been intoxicated made no sense either, somehow we all had to get home at one point.

We had a few glasses of wine, (or was it two…) some snacks and then as time progressed the “street/river” kept on flowing so I decided to take action. I grabbed my Lumix GX8 (I always carry that one with me, rain or shine) went out to the front and shot what ever swam or walked by. I might add it was quiet interesting, stuck in one place and just observing what does come by in particular when the street turned into a river in the middle of the night.

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Not sure
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It was now way past 9:00PM and the “river” was up high, people walking or trying at least to get home, cars driving in all direction (Yakal street is a one-way street) and motorbikes pushing their way through the flooded streets barely making it.

Chaotic is putting it mildly, it was one of those days in Manila, nothing moved and this was not the only street as we found out. In just 1.5 hours, a heavy tropical downpour turned Manila into Water World.

But I was at least in very good company…my friends, a few glasses of wine and my LumixGX8 with the 12 to 35mm f/2.8 lens. Standing now outside the Wine Bar watching life "Swim” by, and occasionally going inside to have another sip on my wine…

I set and varied the ISO between 2500 and 3200 for all featured images on this post, wide open at F: 2.8 and the exposure changed from 1/40 at the highest shutter speed way down to ¼ of a sec. everything was hand held, after all it was night.

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"Holding hands" and keep on walking
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Very Sexy "Driver"… the driver is pushing his passenger, who now sits on the driver seat.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 2500


The mixed lightening from cars, motorbikes, street and Neon Signs lights made also for some interesting challenges. Lucky I had the blue corrugated Iron wall in the background that gave me some clean background for most images and provided me with some interesting color combinations.

This was also the first time I used such high ISO on the Lumix GX8 and as the night went on I used the 4K Photo setting for a few frames too.

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High Heels and no Heels, around 11:30PM
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f:2.8, ISO 3200 -
4K Photo setting


I guess it worked out to be another extreme test for the new Lumix GX8, this was certainly not planned but I ended up not been drunk or bored, (which is a good thing sometimes) indeed it became a very long night and by the time I got home (traffic was still bad) it was way past 3:15AM.

Again the GX8 performed flawless and even got wet, it surprised me how well it handled the high ISO including the 4K Photo settings at times.

Actually the “noise” at this high ISO that showed up is very nice more like grain from the good old film days, as for post processing I had to do very little or almost none. The White Balance was set on Auto during the whole duration of the night an shooting in RAW formats with the exception of the 4K Photo.

BTW; the images look so much better in RGB and on a big iMac Screen and they hold up for big prints, no worries at all.

These are only a few images and many more were taken during this truly NOT so boring night.

So, never leave home without it… the camera that is, because you never know where you end up and if you’re “Lucky” you might end up like me on a flooded street or in the
Cave Wine Bar, Yakal Street, Makati.

Tip: In cases like this I recommend to leave your wife or girlfriend at home.

Cheers GD

See more Water World images below:

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Some bikes had a better chance that night
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"Calling the UBER Water Taxi"
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Waiting for the "City Banka"
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Manila's Water World
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Quiet colorful for a rainy and very wet night.
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Lonely is the night…
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"Underwater movement"
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Paddling away at 11:45PM
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4K Photo setting


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The scary look at 11:50PM
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4K Photo setting


And that is how it all started… the beginning of
a "romantic" evening.


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The view through the Office window at around 5PM
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Review: The new Panasonic Lumix GX8 in the real field, performance beyond my expectations.

Traveling Light without sacrificing quality


Wow... I made it, I actually managed to get this Blog Post out today and what better reason then talking about my latest experience with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8 in the Philippines and Thailand.

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"Shadows on the fire stairs" Manila, Philippines.
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1/160 sec. f:4.0


I have been using this latest marvel for some time now even prior my recent trip to Thailand for the Regional Launch of the
Panasonic LUMIX GX8.

As you know from my previous reports and reviews I don’t talk much about all the features and the other technical stuff in details but I rather let my images do the talking. However I might point out just a few interesting details like the
Dual Stabilizing feature combining the in Body stabilizing system with the in lens stabilizer.

- The LUMIX GX8 integrates Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)* for more effective results.
The GX8's body I.S. works in tandem with the LUMIX lens I.S. for maximum stabilization.
-

Please note, in order to use both stabilizers you need to perform a
Firmware update on some lenses, not a big deal and straight forward.

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Dramatic Sunset over Manila, Philippines,
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1/30 sec. f:8,0


There is the new sensor with 20.3 Mega Pixels and the amazing 4K Photo options that let you shoot at 30 frames in sequence. and you be able to select the best images from the batch very easy in camera. (and of course you still have you 4K Video option too)

- The LUMIX GX8 employs the newly-developed 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that achieves high-speed bursts, ISO25600 high sensitivity, and a wider dynamic range. Combined with the Venus Engine, the GX8 achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-light situations. -

Another great new edition that I truly love is the new Body, slightly larger but splash and dust proof now. I had this camera in a very heavy downpour recently and it performed just great.
I don’t recommend this but if needed or the situation arises you can go ahead without missing that shot. Of course the autofocus is extremely fast and performed superb. even under very dark condition or at night.
The menu is nicely organized and you don’t have to be a Genius to figure it out, also the access to the Buttons is well done and with a click you can switch to
4K Photo if needed.

- The LUMIX GX8 camera body is composed of a magnesium alloy, full diecast front
and rear frame. Tight seals on every joint, dial and button enable splashproof / dustproof performance.-


I am going to stop now with all this technical stuff and rather provide you with some more info below the images. I might add due to the excellent color rendition and a perfect grey balance (like with most Lumix Cameras) I was shooting in RAW and high JPG. I didn’t have to perform almost no post processing or very little on the RAW files like…Raw conversion in Lightroom, basic sharpening, cropping straightening, or adding some contrast.

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Street Vendor walking along the road during rain selling Santo Niño figurine near Taal, Philippines,
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 200
1/125 sec. f:4.0


Ohhh… you might noticed, yes I am using
Lightroom now, a transition I had to make some time ago due to Aperture not been supported any more by Apple.
More on that issue later…

Before we go to the images in details, my experience in the real field, not in the Lab, studio or just testing for the sake of testing, the
Lumix GX8 out performed beyond my expectations, I just love it! As a matter of fact I am using some of these images already for commercial purpose and for publications.
Yet, the
GX8 it is still small enough to carry with you all the time and you can fit it in your Pocket (larger pocket) with the awesome 20mm lens attached.

OK that is enough now, lets have a look at those images…

Note: A real mix selection on a variety of subjects, trying to show the versatility of the GX8. All photos taken without Tripod using different Lumix Lenses, a mix of Aperture and ISO settings, the White Balance was set on Auto, shooting RAW and high JPG only.

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Street scene, Taal, Philippines,
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1/250 sec. f:5.6


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Heavy tropical rain shower, Town of Taal, Philippines,
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1/125 sec. f:5.6


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Street art - Manila, Philippines,
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1/80 sec. f:5.6


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"Natures Revenge" Street art Manila,Philippines,
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1/100 sec. f:5.6


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Full Moon and traffic, Manila, Philippines, from the 11th floor.
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1/8 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld but resting against a wall for support.


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Awesome Sunset over Manila, Philippines, from the 11th floor.
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1/4 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld but resting on an outside air-con duct.


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Radisson Blu Lobby Bar, Bangkok, Thailand.
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1/100 sec. f:2.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
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1/250 sec. f:5.6 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
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1/80 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f4.0-5.8, ISO 320
1/500 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images, Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
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1/60 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images of Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
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1/80 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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Rooftop images of Bangkok, Thailand, from the 17th floor.
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1/100 sec. f:5.8 - Handheld


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"The Heart shape", Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok,Thailand. Through the Glass window from the 11th floor.
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1/800 sec. f:7.1


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Traditional Thai Food - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/160 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/640 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai Musician - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/15 sec. f:4.0 available light.


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Traditional Thai Musician - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/20 sec. f:2.8 available light.


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Traditional Thai - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/320 sec. f:5.6 available light.


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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/1250 sec. f:6.3 available light.


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"The wall" Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/10 sec. f:5.6 available light.
- The whites are white and the grey is neutral -



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"The wall & window" Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G 20mm f1.7, ISO 250
1/20 sec. f:5.0 available light. - The whites are white and the grey is neutral -


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Using the4K Photo Mode at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,Thailand
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1/640 sec. f:5.6


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4K Photo Mode Demo, set up inside at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/100 sec. f:2.8 available light


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4K Photo Mode Demo, set up inside at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
LUMIX DMC GX8 - Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f2.8, ISO 400
1/100 sec. f:2.8 available light


- The 4K Photo function can be used in three different modes, all allowing you to capture that perfect moment at a high burst rate of 30 frames / photos per second: -
- 4K Burst - burst shooting 8-megapixel equivalent images extracted from 4K video as long as the shutter button is pressed. -

For more technical detail go to DP Review or check out the Panasonic Lumix Website.
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Photography: Watercolor the spontaneous and fluid look in water reflecting an array of colors

"Watercolor" the spontaneous and fluid look in water…


It has been a while since my last Blog post and today I like to share with you images of one of my favorite subjects "Watercolor" and pure reflections, see below a selection of images from different Countries.

I treasure water, the gift of our Planet to all living beings, without we can't sustain Life. It is easily the most precious liquid on earth, unfortunately it is also abused and seldom appreciated. During my travels in the arid regions of Australia I truly learned how to conserve this precious liquid, careful not wasting a drop.

I have also created a NEW Gallery in my PhotoShelter Archives where you can find many more images from my Journey through
"Watercolors and Reflections."



"My Watercolor" is like life, you have to get it right the first time -
there is no second chance. It is a constant movement of colors
and patterns created by the magic liquid called water.

-Gunther Deichmann


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Ganges River - India
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Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma
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Bali,Indonesia
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"Watercolor", with all its subtle color and value gradations and its many
welcome surprises, is the perfect medium for capturing mood.

-Ray Hendershot


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Bali,Indonesia
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Varanasi the Ganges River - India
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Goldfish Pond in Bali - Indonesia
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Water supports all our endeavors, from the simple task of making paint flow,
to sustaining life. It is the common denominator that all humanity shares.

-
Sharon Crosbie

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Varanasi the Ganges River - India
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Under the Pier, Bali - Indonesia
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The spontaneous and fluid look in water reflecting an array of colors from
elements above or within only occurs when one observes the colors
with patience waiting for the right light and moment.

-Gunther Deichmann


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Traditional Fisherman at Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma
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Boracay Island, Philippines
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The flow of water and reflecting colors can be uncontrollable and crazy, but
it is also freedom, an escape, therapy, joy, and, oh yes, very sensuous!
-Angela Lynch


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Under the Pier, Bali - Indonesia
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Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan - India
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Bali, Indonesia
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Bayon Temple - Cambodia
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Wherever there is water there is something reflecting,
it is up to your
imagination how to capture it.
-Gunther Deichmann


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Willow Trees reflecting in a Pond, Koenigslutter - Germany
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Floodplains in Kakadu National Park, Australia
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Bali, Indonesia
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"Watercolor" is an alchemical medium -
colors mixing with water, joining with it, being extended by it -
creating new life where none had been before.

-
Joseph Raffael


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Mangroves, Chuuk Micronesia
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Bali - Indonesia
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Pushkar, Rajasthan - India
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Bali - Indonesia
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Varanasi the Ganges River - India
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Water benefits the ten thousand things and does not oppose them
.
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Lao Tzu


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The Peace Pagoda at
Lumbini, Nepal and the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C.
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"Watercolors"
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Thanks for dropping by my Blog, please take care of our Environment and conserve water.
For more Watercolors, please visit my PhotoShelter site.
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Travel Photography: People from all walks of life, teeth or no teeth

People from all walks of life, young and old, they had something
in common… showing me their teeth or NO teeth, happy or sad.


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Happy Street vendor in the Philippines
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He was such a happy guy… Aurangabad, India
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Very sweet and great teeth… Jodhpur, India
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So happy…Bali, Indonesia
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A 78 year old Tibetan Nomad, high on the Tibetan Plateau, Tibet
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He just turned around and smiled…Nepal
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The golden Tooth with a heart shape, Chuuk, Micronesia
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Happy in the rain, Cambodia
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So happy in Bali, Indonesia
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This old lady was a total scream…I almost fell in the water for laughter a real character showing me her "teeth", Cambodia
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Beetle nut has taken its toll, Myanmar/Burma
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Another classic, this time from Sri Lanlka
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"The grin" Dental hygiene at a Monastery, Myanmar/Burma
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"The family Toothbrushes", Jodhpur, India
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Showing me only one tooth…Nepal
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Laughter and fun with price stickers on the Island of Pohnpei, Micronesia
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A high school girl from the Island of Chuuk showing off her nice teeth
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This tribal Australian Aboriginal using his teeth to kill a File Snake the traditional way by putting the head of the snake in his mouth and then given it a sharp jerk breaking the neck of the snake. The fresh water File snake is not venomous and a delicacy amongst the Aboriginals in Northern Australia.
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Sad…A Tamil women approaches our vehicle, Sri Lanka
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Hard working but ever so happy In the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal
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One Tooth…fading-light in the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka
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"There is a Toothbrush in the wall" - Jodhpur, India
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Happy and clowning around, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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