Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kids Bathing and Playing in the River - a Photo Essay

Kids Bathing and Playing in the River - a Photo Essay
"Yeppy, look Tina, today those jackals are nowhere around!"
Kids splashing water in a river in the name of bathing make excellent subject for candid photography. But to keep the composition look spontaneous and lively you shouldn't make them aware of your presence with the camera. Sometimes a camera may boost up their spirits of playing too, gifting you with more heroic stunts, but, that you should expect only from boys, more so when you're a male photographer. Children get gender apprehensive by the age of around 5 years, so doesn't matter how much fatherly or brotherly a man you're, girls playing in the river are bound to shy away if they note you with a camera aiming at them!
Kids Bathing and Playing in the River - a Photo Essay
"Yes Olive, I told you right they won't turn up before the midday train whistles"
So, there are two ways of photographing little girls bathing in the river. Either stay at a considerable distance and use the telephoto (zoom) end of your lens or, keep a woman beside you which will make your subjects feel comfortable. Second option, although hard to follow if you're traveling solo, gives you better results. Just note the stiffness in my subjects in the third photograph (below) as they came to know of my shooting. So, to avoid them leaving their fun play in the middle keep yourself invisible.
Kids Bathing and Playing in the River - a Photo Essay
"Hurry up, we must make it before mom returns"
All these captions I've added below each photograph are fictional, for the sake of weaving a photo essay. By the way, how many of you capitalized those golden days of your childhood by playing in your village river or pond? Sadly I didn't have such scopes, so, it'll be nice hearing 'Yes' from at least some of you. Happy bathing my friends :-)
Kids Bathing and Playing in the River - a Photo Essay
"You nigger, it's only for you we missed them today! You got to pay for it"

21 comments:

  1. Exquisite pictures and good tips Anunoy.

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  2. Black and white makes every image so special.. Just hope that these kinds doesn't sue you when grown up :P

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  3. Kids love playing in water. Beautifully photographed.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet appreciation Rajesh :-)

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  4. I did :P Couple of times we visit our bua who was living on the bank of Narmada during her retirement. We used to bath on the banks of Narmada for hours...even during afternoons. And from there, we could even see the famous Golden Bridge :D

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    1. Then you're lucky Pankti....and so, I got another reason to envy you :-P

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  5. beautiful pics .. reminds me of my village and when we were kids .. doing all that the kids are doing

    Bikram's

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    1. Thanks a lot Bikram... BTW, you gave me a reason to envy you... Lucky childhood :-)

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  6. I am not quite sure if the last caption would be construed as racist. Anyway, a nice thought expressed

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  7. Neutral grey shades are looking great !

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  8. Not only kids,we too..I remember when I used to swim with my chotku,both of us enjoyed a lot😊

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