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Old 18th August 2009, 13:51   #391
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Sam,

really great write-up... Great photos too.

I am especially impressed with the Kathakali snaps. 'Coz am an amateur with my camera and I have not yet been able to manage such quality in low light situations.

Please, what camera settings did you use? You dont seem to have used flash and there's hardly any shake. Tripod?

Or was it plain night mode or portrait mode using a point and shoot?
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Old 18th August 2009, 15:03   #392
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Sam and Jenny, all good ends well, so did your journey of Gods own country.Superb pictures along with some good and some not so good experiences that does make one do visit this place for sure,again.Thankyou and keep coming with your travelogues.
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I think what he meant that there are probably more mallus in those places than us mallus find ourselves comfortable with
And what he says is true, there just isnt enough employment there in kerala , at least which they would do.
Which brings up another point - that mallus will work anywhere except kerala
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And hence the influx of labourers from other states.


But i have to comment on this. A Maharashtrian is more efficient in Bangalore or Gujarat & a Mallu will work harder in a state other than his. The real reason why 'most' (let me reiterate 'most' not all) people get complacent is "COMFORT ZONE". Insecurity 'drives' a person to toil, make a living. The reason why most of the first generation in my community Sindhi's are financially well off is that after partition they migrated all over the world, with nothing in their hands, just determination & the will, and the thing that drove them to be successful? Insecurity of having nothing & nowhere (no state, no land) to go back to. Never mind the means though, not all of them have done it very honestly. but i hope you get the drift.

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God's Own Country...

But will I meet God there?

Naaah... he's away in the Gulf.

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God's Own Country...

But will I meet God there?

Naaah... he's away in the Gulf.

haha... funny as always Mr Ginathom

nice story Yeti, glad you liked south India!
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God's Own Country...

But will I meet God there?

Naaah... he's away in the Gulf.

Of course you can. But here they are called human Gods!
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God's Own Country...

But will I meet God there?

Naaah... he's away in the Gulf.
You'll find enough people on the roads there to help you with that.

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I met God's wife when I was there last... she was very pretty and had a naughty sparkle in her eye.

But my wife was with me in the same shop.

In fact, it was my wife who pointed to the reason for the twinkle... so many husbands away.

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You'll find enough people on the roads there to help you with that.
Especially the bus drivers. I thought our Chennai bus drivers were bad enough, but the sheer ruthlessness of the Kerala drivers took my breath away --- overtaking on a two-way road with no regard to oncoming traffic at all, forcing it to leave the road to give way
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Please, what camera settings did you use? You dont seem to have used flash and there's hardly any shake. Tripod?

Or was it plain night mode or portrait mode using a point and shoot?
Sir I don't use a point-and-shoot.

I use a cheaper SLR.

I used a humble D40 in 1600ISO with a 70-300mm lens and stopped breathing during the shot.
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Sam, now waiting for a new Tamil film review by you . Guess which one.. "Quick Murugan" . Ample scope for you to weave a tale around it I suppose.
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I used a humble D40 in 1600ISO with a 70-300mm lens and stopped breathing during the shot.
Sam, at 1600ISO doesnt it take around 5seconds for the click. How do you manage to stand still without shaking.
How muchever i try , i am not able to get a snap without shake. do u use a tripod?
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... I used a humble D40 in 1600ISO with a 70-300mm lens and stopped breathing during the shot.
That you stopped breathing, I can inderstand... but how did you get the dancer to stop breathing too?
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Sorry, I just rechecked. I shot that in an ISO mode on the D40 called H1. This raises the sensitivity to levels in excess of 2000, but introduces a little colour noise into the photo.

The exposure was less than a second. Fully open aperture as far as she would go.
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Good, now we are into a discussion of photography. This thread is promising more!

And Thad, I love those one liners that you add just in the 'Nick' of time
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Thank You Sam for such a wonderful travalogue!!!


sigh! and Back to work. .
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