Ranakpur, India.

            July 29, 2009

     Situated in south central Rajasthan between the towns of Jodhpur and Udaipur, Ranakpur is a great stop on the “typical Rajasthani loop” which includes Bikaner, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Delhi, etc, etc. Going in the clockwise direction, Ranakpur provides a great respite to the heat and humidity in the deserts of Rajasthan.

     Located in the Aravalli mountain range, the cool mountain air and lush greenery is a welcome attraction, believe me. Most tourists just pass right through, which creates a very welcome “lack of tourists” also. Abundant wildlife, including panther and bear, plenty of hiking and trails and the Jain temples of Adinatha nearby combine to create a really good rest stop on the loop. …still all Indian though, lest you forget where your at. You’ll still find guys like the one pictured here, a little bit more “rustic”, but still extremely nice. So, if you have time, definitely take a look and a rest. Just keep your belongings indoors …the monkeys can be quite “inquisitive” here.


93 comments on “Turban

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  2. I can’t help but wonder… was this man asked if it was alright to (a) take the photo or (b) post it online? It’s a gorgeous photo, but I just instinctively cringe a little when I see photos like these. Was there permission?

    • Maggie,

      You don’t have to cringe. This man was asked, given time to prepare his turban and thanked profusely. I’m not the “jump into someone’s face” type of photographer. Any type of close-up like this that you see, or will see, on my site will have been taken with the subjects approval.
      Believe me, I cringe myself when I see photographers like that. Thanks for the comment,

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  4. great pic. i just went to india for the first time this year to learn about their diet and cuisine (i’m a nutritionist), and i loooooved it there. the people were so wonderful – as was the food, just not the water. your pic makes me nostalgic and makes me want to go back!

    • nabanana …doesn’t matter. Not even a little bit. I used one of the worst lenses that you could possibly use, in photographer gear head circles that is. The Nikon 18-200. I have since switched and never use it anymore, but that lens can produce some great photos.
      Thanks for looking,

  5. Hi John, This is a great photograph – actually it is stunning and it is striking. Very well done!
    I had a look at your other posts and photographs and I am impressed with your work.
    I started doing digital sketches from photographs about a year ago and I also want to go to Timbuktu!
    Thanks for your post.

  6. Hi,
    I am from India and would like to mention here that the person whose photograph you have taken comes from a very proud race of people and have a history of a proud lineage behind them. They are called Rajputs.

  7. Turban, red-flecked eyes, safety pin, chain, et al – a great photo! It makes me ache to see the subject’s dress – coz I believe he’s wearing the traditional kediya.

  8. Nice picture.

    There are differing turban styles in India which are defined by either which sect you belong to, religion or family history.

    I am a turban wearing Sikh in the UK and although my “heritage” style originates from Delhi, I myself tie one that resembles more of Sikhs from Kenya.

  9. Great photo! I’ve just discovered your blog via Freshly Pressed (congrats!) so you may list somewhere else the answers to my next questions. What camera do you use? And do you use an editing program? The photo is so sharp and clear! I’m just learning how to use my DSLR and learning from the great photos I see other people take!

    • Thanks Rebecca.
      Hmmm. To answer your questions… It doesn’t matter :). I have used a mix of lower lever Nikon bodies and have honestly only used two Nikon lenses in the digital age. Every picture I post will be from either these two, or if an older photo, from a Canon P&S. I’ve never bought an editing program but am still using PS Elements …version 1 that I got free with my first digital camera. Seriously, whatever equipment you use is almost always sufficient, especially if it’s a DSLR. Learn how to use it and don’t worry what everyone else is using …that would be my opinion …simple answer would be D5000 and 35 1.8 for now.
      Thanks for the comments and interest,

  10. Hi, I stumbled across your blog because this post came up under the ‘featured posts’ section of the wp.com home page. Because of the long skinny frame of the preview image, all I saw was this guys eyes and a tiny bit of the turban… I clicked, and wow.

    I still keep going back to this guys eyes in the photo, but it also has such great colors, in the turban and his necklace. Often I find color to be distracting in color photography, but not here. It’s a great portrait and character shot of this man. Also, all the sharp, deep red, twisting folds of fabric with splashes of blackness in the turban sort of make my mouth water (is that weird?)…

    I’ve been checkin out your shots, nice work! Thanks for sharing.

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