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Music Man of Jaipur by Sam W Stearman
Monday, 6th November 2006

Music Man of Jaipur

by Sam W Stearman

Music Man, taken on the steps of the Amber Fort, Jaipur India.
Equipment: Olympus E-300
Sam W Stearman
While I would like to think that I am a good photographer, honesty forces me to confess that I am a traveler who takes photos and not a photographer who travels. There are differences: * Many of the places and sites I visit, I only see one time. Good weather or bad, sun or no sun, shadows or no shadows, beautiful skies, gray overcast or even rain -- I have to take what there is and make the most of it. Photographers would find the perfect spot, make sure the light and shadows are just right for the mood they want to create and make sure they use the right lens and filters. * When shooting, I am normally traveling with my wife and often with a tour group, so I can't take the time to make sure I find the best angle, set up a tripod and choose the best aperture - I have to quickly choose what I want to take and take the picture -- otherwise the group will be far gone and/or my wife wouldn't be speaking to me anymore. * I use digital cameras for all my shots, not film for prints or slides, so I take a lot more photos than professional photographers would take -- After all, I don't have to pay for processing. That said, I hope that my pictures are not what you normally see in snapshots or in most travel guides or articles. I try to avoid typical tourist shots - and concentrate on unusual angles of buildings and landscapes to make them special, to take pictures that captures everyday life of the places I visit and which showcase the wonderful beautiful people. A fellow traveler/photographer from Japan calls his site "Trot 'n Shoot", meaning he takes what he sees while he walks. My approach is pretty much the same. I do try to do what I call "extending the tour" by going out before breakfast, skipping lunches and going out after dinner, to visit the surrounding neighborhoods, meeting the people and capturing the energy and spirit of the places I go. I hope you enjoy my vision of the world.

Music Man of Jaipur by Sam W Stearman was photo of the day on Monday, 6th November 2006. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.



6th November 2006 at 4:22 am


Given your constraints!!. You manage quite well.

abhijit nandi

7th November 2006 at 7:19 pm

you are really a good travel photographer. nice shot. good exposure and composition. mood is excellent. well done sam.

13th November 2006 at 3:45 am

A truly excellent shot. Composition, color, subject matter – as good as anyone’s work.


3rd January 2007 at 1:47 pm

Just Beautiful!

Amit Gaur

9th March 2007 at 9:53 am


16th May 2007 at 5:13 pm

This shot is amazing! You capitalized on this moment quite well!

shirin nouraei

18th May 2007 at 9:48 am


11th June 2007 at 9:42 am

Your modesty makes the shot still better. Great colors and pause.


7th July 2007 at 7:49 am

The yellow of the wall plays well with the blue of the musician’s dress


6th November 2007 at 2:07 pm

This really is an awesome photograph have most certainly captured the energy and spirit. The colours are beautiful. I also love your resume I found it very interesting and entertaining. As a previous commenter noted your modesty is appealing. EXCELLENT.


19th November 2007 at 6:24 pm

The debate, a photographer who travels or a traveler who photographs, is immaterial. What is important is you composed the shot like a pro, and the photograph touches the senses. Well Done!


26th November 2007 at 8:08 pm

Beautiful! Does anyone know what that insturment is that he is playing?


8th March 2008 at 1:34 am

“Hey mister music man, play a song for me. In that jingle jangle morning I come following you.”
While those were more or less Bob’s words, they reminded me of this man quite a bit.

6th November 2008 at 5:52 pm

Lovely. I wonder what he is looking at. The hues are so vibrant!


7th November 2008 at 8:54 pm

I think the instrument may be a sarod, I loved this image.

8th March 2009 at 8:10 pm

Instrument is Ravanhasta, some times (incorrectly) called as Sarangi!

Ravanhasta is the most important instrument in the folk music of Rajasthan. Probably the ancestor of violin, It is of a very simple construction.

One starts by taking a half coconut shell and covering it with a membrane; this forms the resonator. This resonator is penetrated by a length of bamboo; this forms the neck of the instrument. This length of bamboo has a number of tuning pegs attached to it. The strings attach directly to these tuning pegs and then pass over a bridge which rests on the taught membrane of the resonator. Finally these strings terminate at the other end. The ravanhasta is then played with a bow of horsehair…


21st August 2009 at 6:05 pm

I regularly look at this guys sight, such lovely shots.

25th September 2009 at 6:14 pm

Very cool.

Photos by Nik

6th November 2009 at 8:15 am

A great contrasting shot


6th November 2009 at 3:15 pm

very interesting shot!


18th November 2009 at 9:34 pm

An old local musician man, mixed and deep-rooting in its own environment.

8th November 2010 at 8:53 pm

Definitely a ‘Pro’ Shot! I love everything about it! Colours, low angle, perspective…
elementally it’s a fabulouis image.

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