Desert infrareds

24th February 2014 (Day 16) Manvar, Rajasthan, India


These are a few infrared images that I took at Manvar Desert Camp.



I wasn’t able to take many because it required me finding the time to use the tripod while others were merely using their cameras hand-held.


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There are trees and some vegetation over a sea of sand, with some people living in the area but it is still a desert, though since people live here, not actually wilderness.



The exposure for all images was on a Fujifilm X-E2 and a 35mm f1.4 lens (equivalent to around 50mm), using an R72 filter.



Getting to the final result requires processing which varies for each image.


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Manvar locality

24th February 2014 (Day 16) Manvar, Rajasthan, India


This morning we went for a drive on unpaved roads in the vicinity of Manvar and met some of the local people or passed them by.


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We stopped for a while at the house of a blacksmith.


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Indian gazelles appear in this image and the next three.


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A large group of camels pausing by the side of the road, in the charge of a few men.



Cows and Post Office.


Sunset camel ride

23rd February 2014 (Day 15) Manvar, Rajasthan, India


We had arrived at Manvar Desert Camp, in the desert of Rajasthan.



After checking in to our luxurious tents,  we were to depart for a camel ride.


DSCF3409 … past trees, sparse vegetation and sand dunes….



These desert trees are evidently very hardy.  On the right you see a couple that have been pruned.  Someone is  up the tree in the middle distance, savagely pruning it.  The goats get the green foliage and the rest must be for the fire.


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DSCF3432 If you’re sitting at the front of the camel, you have to make sure you hold on very tightly to the pommel when the camel gets up or down.  Otherwise you may go catapulting over its head.

These are not people from our party, just others in the camel group with us.



The light recedes …



The shadows grow longer….



One of the locals played some music on a Rajasthani instrument …



… and a young woman danced ….




The camels were waiting for us to return.


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… as the light went down …



… and sunset approached …


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As the sun slowly dwindled behind the horizon, we prepared to return on the camels.  As I was preparing to mount mine, a touch lower on a slope, I had difficulty raising my leg enough.  The camel driver tried to assist me by raising my leg a little further. All that did was to propel me on my back on the sand.

I was carrying two cameras on Black Rapid straps.  The Fuji X-E2 was OK but the X100s slung onto the ground and when I checked it later that night there was no electrical operation.  It was cactus.  Kaput.  Dead as a Dormobile. Splatto.  An ex-parrot.  And as well as that it was not working.

So no more photos from that camera and I got it repaired some time later in Australia, mainly paid for by insurance.



Riding back in the low evening light …



… and coming up into the camp….


Sardargarh to Manvar

23rd February 2014 (Day 15) Sardargarh to Manvar, Rajasthan, India


This morning we piled into the bus for a journey to Manvar Desert Camp.  Before too long we had come up behind an elephant, though it was riding in the back of the truck.



The roads are quite often narrow.


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Perhaps this was even the same elephant we saw from the train two posts ago.


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The strips are for the woven base of beds, such as the ones in front.


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We stopped at a small family business making rugs, a skill passed down from one generation to another.



We purchased a smaller one similar to the large one in the middle.  Raj, our driver, is on the right.



Back on the road again … (though not so much heat, canned or otherwise).



Indian driving.  A truck is overtaking a tanker and a bend is coming up.  There is a cow on the road on the bend and another truck behind it.  Click image if you want to see this more clearly in a larger view.


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