Central Bangalore

Central Bangalore - Bangalore, India

Central Bangalore – Bangalore, India

Here’s a look at central Bangalore, not too far from the KR Market. This is the old part of town, near the center. The traffic got so bad that we got out of the car, here, and walked the rest of the way. That was fine with me. I was itching to photograph the streets.

It’s a shame that we have this modern overhead structure, which I assume is a highway. It takes away from the timeless old buildings in the area. Though, in later photographs, I use this minimalist concrete structure as a counterpoint to the layers of details in the old city.

It’s different here from the outer ring road. More crowded, certainly, and crazy. Sacred cows are allowed to roam anywhere. Buses, cars, three-wheeled autos, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians all share the road. Clothing and food are sold on the street, in front of packed sidewalks, with equally packed old stores. There are no shiny modern glass towers here. Across the street, the Jumma Masjid, the oldest mosque in Bangalore.

I made a mistake and I’m glad this photo came out as good as it did. I didn’t readjust my shutter speed and shot at a needless 1/2000 of a second, which caused the ISO to jump to 1000. I rarely make rookie mistakes anymore, but it happens. My excuse? I shot with two other cameras, and didn’t pay close enough attention to the settings. What do they say about the simplicity of one camera and one lens?

But the main challenge was the exposure due to the dynamic range. The big white mosque was overexposed, while the foreground under the highway was in deep shadow. I was amazed that I was able to coax this image from the RAW file. Goes to show the power of Capture One and even the smaller micro 4/3 sensor does a pretty good job.

I actually added a bit more grain and overall, the image looks less digital and somewhat film-ish, I think.

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7 thoughts on “Central Bangalore

  1. I never would have thought there was an exposure /ISO problem if it hadn’t been pointed out. Instead, I would have seen it as an excellent example of controlling a huge dynamic range. Do you feel that processing with Capture One offers a distinct advantage in dealing with highlight and shadow extemes?

    1. Hi Mike, Capture One does better RAW processing than Aperture 3, which I used a few years ago. I recovers more highlights and pulls better details from the shadows.

      I don’t have any first hand experience comparing it to Lightroom and Photoshop. However, some people online consider Capture One to have better RAW processing than Adobe products

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