Travels with my Q – India


In October 2018 we travelled to Bhutan then on to India, visiting the “Golden Triangle” and Varanasi. Only a short sample of India, but what a contrast from Bhutan! Dirty, dusty, crowded, noisy, smelly, confronting, chaotic and challenging! But what an experience!

In previous overseas trips I had my (at the time) trusty Canon 7D then 5D III then a combination of 5D and Leica Q. For India I just had my Q. Occasionally grabbing pics with my iPhone 7 Plus but those were just for social media as we travelled.

The Leica Q is my ideal travel camera – easy to carry, quick to focus, quiet and unobtrusive. Still need to compose of course, but I find the 28 mm f1.7 lens to be challenging and satisfying. There was a time when I “needed” a telephoto (usually a 70-200 mm when travelling) but I don’t anymore. Happy to capture the moment as I see it, not with a contrived viewpoint. Mind you, there were times… but the moments passed.

Starting in Delhi then on to Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and back to Delhi. Nine days skimming the surface of India and Indian culture.

The following images are just a sample.

Making a living on the street in Delhi
Visitors to the Red Fort
Old Delhi
Ice block in Old Delhi
Time out in Old Delhi
Jama Masjid mosque
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple
Old beggar, young inquisitor, Varanasi
Breakfast, Varanasi
Cremations on the Ganges
Early morning on the Ganges, Varanasi
Father and son boatmen
Fresh produce in Varanasi
Herbs and spices on Varanasi street
Street food vendor; street food, Varanasi
Varanasi neighbourhood
Sunrise over the Ganges
Excited first viewing
Colour in abundance
On the steps at Agra Fort
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Exquisite detail
Exquisite decoration
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