Indian Palm Trees

Indian Palm Trees - Road to Mysore, India

Indian Palm Trees – Road to Mysore, India

I have a bias when it comes to palm trees. It always makes me think of vacations and the beach. Someplace tropical, of course.

When I think of India, palm trees are not the first thing that comes to mind. But it actually makes sense, if you think about it and reference a map. The part of India that I was in was at the same latitude as parts of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I’m sure it doesn’t get too cold.

As for vacation, I wasn’t at the beach, but I was enjoying the weekend between business travel. My destination, Mysore, is roughly half the distance between Bangalore and the west coast of India. But, it’s still more than 140 miles from the beach.

I used my long travel zoom to make this photograph, at a 200mm equivalent, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It’s an image I was hoping to make but I had my doubts. It was overcast, hazy, and shooting into the light. The original RAW image was extremely low contrast. But, by some luck and a good amount of post-processing, I was able to add contrast and character to create a simulated grainy black and white film-ish image.

It’s a decidedly low-resolution image, but one that I surprisingly like.

Note: This is one of one hundred twenty-three photos in my book book of India featuring black and white street photographs and observations.

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