Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Warmest Greetings

Will You Wear Our Wares?

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Here is another shot taken out of the window of our four-wheel-drive as it sped up the narrow highway from New Delhi to Dehra Dun on Sunday morning. I had my Pentax around my neck right through the journey and would gladly have stopped at least two hundred times to capture each sight I saw. But we had a long journey to make and this entire series of images was a real test of my skill, resilience and anticipation.

Try framing a shot through the open window of a moving vehicle and you'll understand what I mean. Apart from our speed, there was also the slight juddering across the often uneven surface of the highway (or the road shoulder) when I struggled to keep the camera steady in my right hand, using my left hand as a makeshift tripod.

This was taken just outside New Delhi. The pullovers (jumpers, we call them in Australia) are all hand-knitted and I guess the reason they are displayed in this fashion is to catch the attention of travellers or truck drivers who are slowly succumbing to the bitter cold that grips northern India at this time of year.

You'll never see a display showroom quite like this!

19 comments:

Catmoves said...

They are beautiful, David. Your balancing act must have been vry good.

Oswegan said...

That's one way to sell shirts.

~Oswegan

Hyde DP said...

nice shot - always difficult from a moving vehicle - question shoot and hope mostly - can't help notice all those wires in the sky!

Casdok said...

Well done for managing to take the shot!

TheBirdman33 said...

I know I want one...

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I hope you have been enjoying your trip as much I have ;)

Good work.

Sniz said...

This picture is awesome!!

dmarks said...

The closest we get are the flagmongers that are seen on corners sometimes, at the edge of parking lots. Racks selling huge cheap flag of several countries, MIA (missing soldiers), Confederate USA, Grateful Dead, sports teams, branchs of military, Harley Davidson, etc.

imac said...

Blue is your colour David.lol.

Seamus said...

I just love the teeming street shots.
Interestingly, I've got both family and friends who are visiting India right now on separate trips.

RuneE said...

Great colours, but for shopping displays - have you tried the Canary Islands in the tourist season (that is, all year round)?

Crystal Jigsaw said...

It always looks so "busy" over there, lots going on, people everywhere making the most of their lives.

It is difficult taking photo's while on the move!

Crystal xx

Dan Mega said...

You certainly won't see that in Chicago! Ha!

bonnie said...

I love the colors against the gray sky. Nature is that way too. It seems that trees and flowers are more brilliant on a cloudy day.

Christine said...

I've tried shooting out the window of a moving car...not an easy feet whatsoever! This is a beautiful shot; the rainbow of colors is stunning.

Akelamalu said...

India has cold weather???? I never knew that!

Novel idea to sell you wares - great photograph David.

Queen of My Domain said...

What a great shot. All those colors from a moving car...very impressive.

Janice Thomson said...

A great shot and an interesting way to sell wares. I could use one of those right now - it's so chilly here.

Amrita said...

good shot so familiar