Downtown is a tongue in cheek description of this photo from Somanathapura, India. This small town is nothing more than a small collection of stores and houses around the Chennakesava Temple. The stores probably cater to the tourists that visit the Temple, and I doubt the tourists are of the international variety. It’s a very modest place. Yet, I found it interesting because it’s so different from what I’m used to.
Bangalore, which I’ve featured in the past is certainly foreign, but it’s a large cosmopolitan city. Somanathapura is out in the country. Heck, I don’t often visit small towns in America, let alone India. However, I always like to look for scenes that interest me.
Balance is key to a photograph, and it’s important to include a subject of interest. Here, even though the motorcycle and riders are relatively small, I think it adds a focal point that is key to the composition. The family on the motorcycle were not posing. I just incorporated them into the frame as they were riding through.
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