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Weekend Photo Hunt – Khokana – Crafts in Black & White

Title: Weekend Photo Hunt
Theme: Crafts (in Black & White)
Date: Jan 9, 2010
Location: Khokana, Bungmati, Lalitpur.
Participants/Photographers: Bhanu Chalise, Basu Dahal, Pawan Pandey, Sandeep Pradhananga, Suresh Maharjan, Sangharsha Bhattarai
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar

Materializing (and actually resuming) a long awaited photo hunting series, we had a photo trip to Khokana last weekend. Trying to limit ourselves in a particular theme of Crafts and also on color (no colors actually), we took these shots.
I hope we will be able to continue this series in the coming days as well.

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Basu Dahal
01 Aligned
Basu-Buddha sleep
02 Buddha sleep
Basu-Craft mind
03 Craft mind
04 Deserted
05 Fusion
Basu-Into the new world
06 Into the new world
07 Motherhood
08 Paired
09 Preserved
 Basu-The first step
10 The first step
Bhanu Chalise
12 Beautiful
11 Ages
13 Bells_and_bells
14 Hands_and_feet
15 I_shall_preserve_your_belief
16 Layers
17 Perfect_window
Pawan Pandey
19 A_maize_doctor
18 Guess_who
20 Details
21 Shree_ganashaya_namah
 Pawan-The enlighting step
22 The enlighting step
23 What_an_idea_sirji
24 Wisdom_all_around
Sandeep Pradhananga
34 Three_Owls_of_Wisdom
25 Horny
26 I_am_watching
27 In_your_memory
28 Lord_Ganesha
29 Nepali_Craftsmen
30 Sitting_the_day_out
31 The_Demon
32 The_Guard_Dog
33 The_Skyline
35 Weaving_the_thread_of_life
Sangharsha Bhattarai
38 Dai,_Darshan!
36 Among_the_light
37 City_of_Crafts
39 Emerging
40 Jaha_Dhunga_Dhungaa_ma…
41 Manjushree_-_in_the_making
42 Mayuri_Jhyaal
43 Mudra
44 Rato_Machhindranath
Suresh Maharjan
50 Mellifluous_(Bells)
45 Dread_(Wooden_Mask)
46 Empty_Dalo(Baskets)
47 Good_morning
48 Hungry_(Lion_Sculpture)
49 Insculpt
51 Oversight_(Stone_statu_of_…)
52 Shapes_(Bell_handle)
53 Support
54 Thirsty_(Traditional_Nepali_carved_Stone_Tap)

71 thoughts on “Weekend Photo Hunt – Khokana – Crafts in Black & White

  1. I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  2. These pictures are superb in black and white color. The different subjects are given justice by the photographer. Nice work of art. Great skills and talent.

  3. that was some photo hunt! really enjoyed it.

    @suresh: i agree, the ’12 barse mela’ sounds great!

    and regarding B/W… i would like to point out that most of the photos were originally shot in B/W.
    there’s even one photo which was originally B/W and later converted to sepia. i think suresh will agree with me :).

    any way, all my photos are B/W. i found that shooting in B/W is extremely hard… especially for someone like me who constantly shoots in color.

    all in all, it was a great experience and looking forward to a next photo hunt.


  4. Thanks guys for all kinds of comments, technical and others. I must say the final output is great and agree with @dhk.

    @Sangharsha…I’ve also followed the theme and captured them in B/W and sepia and yes i’ve done simple PP technique like cropping and details enhancement. Hope they are allowed…

    @Lava Dai…loved your thread analogy … and yea, like to add the that concurrency issue between threads will be properly handled by the mother…

    Also, I’d like to purpose the next theme and destination. What about capturing the “12 Barse Mela ” that started from today in panauti and will last till end of Magh.

  5. Thanks Shutterbug for the comments.
    As always, your keen reviews on the posted photographs are appreciated.

    Btw, I took all shots directly in B&W – just to take the risk, and it was fun.

  6. Photography is undoubtedly the world’s greatest hand-on hobby, to the extent that people nowadays take a camera for granted. ‘Weekend Photo Hunt‘ is indeed a wonderful start to tickle our creativity and cherish the joy of photography in exploring endless possibilities. Let me give one round of applauses for the good initiation. Don’t let this initiation fade away in the long run.

    Being a shutterbug I always feel photography is not just about pushing the shutter of our camera but giving meaning to our life. Because the pictures which we click momentarily is fixed and can be the subject of close scrutiny. This is one good reason why I do comment on photos here on EU most of the times helping others to make better pictures from the view point of exposure, composition and subject matter. With the growing use of digital technology it has never been easier to master the technicalities of these key areas, but, as with all technologies, the camera can be fooled and the results may not be necessarily what you had in mind.

    I am happy to see the post which is purely dedicated to explore this fine art of photography. Needless to tell I am the happiest one to surf any post where photography makes bigger dominance. Excuse me if I may sound biased while saying so.

    Craft in Black n’ White‘ is good theme and can be explored for great pictures, though most pictures here seem converted into sepia and BW later on. However, many of these pictures are easy to overlook because by themselves they might not be particularly eye-catching, but when put together in a series or collage like this post, it is amazing how effective they can be.

    Pic no: 39 Great detail and it takes observant eye to visualize this composition.
    Pic no: 41 I’d have included those hands of craftsman which in action in making Manjushree.
    Pic no: 50 is well composed and shallow depth of field played vital role in making picture striking.
    Pic no: 31, 51 and 54 well effort to depicts ages and reveal history.
    Pic no: 30 the character overshadowed by the smile. Being a photographer sometime we need to dig the story behind her smile and reveal stories of those wrinkles on her face. Portrait mode would have been better.

    Well by going close most of you have tried to highlighted the intricacies of the carving and other details of the workmanship yet desperate attempt to gain ‘soft focus’ by post-production and giving sepia effect to pictures distract the genuine feel of black and white pictures.

    Keep up the good initiative.

  7. Thanks Ravi, Dhilung, Dijup, Lava, Rina, GBG & Rina.
    @Ravi – you were already counted in, we’ll surely go next time.
    @Lava – your Mother-child-Server-client analogy is interesting.
    @mabi – thanks again.

  8. I think, EC will be converted into CPC, “Center of Photographic Excellence”.

    Great experiment with the photographic techniques.

  9. All the photographs are awesome and lovely. Black & white colors mood reflect these crafts more ancient time. Good job friends!
    Definitely I missed this time but will join you guys next time. 🙂

  10. Photo 7 Motherhood is my best: It represents the nature of a server milking its children threads. The child does not leave a mother’s nipple, until satisfied, or If there is no milk, the child would ling on getting STUCK onto Mother’s Breasts for ever. The Server mother would have thousands of such children, and limited milk and breasts to feed on milk. She would try to send some already fulfilled children away, but she could not , and sometimes Mother would fall down because she has her limitations on how many children can she feed milk.

  11. What an awesome collection of photographs the team has produced ! Very well documented and will be very precious in the days to come.

    We hope to see its continuation with more photographers from around included 🙂

  12. missed this time …
    will join u guys next time to learn some tips (will you count me in?)

    gr8 job ! all the photographers (Y)

  13. Good work Shangharsha,
    from office to field and making it upto here in web. Thanks to all of those who participated and supported.
    BTW, I am missing photos from Abishesh.

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