Monster Excavator in Singrauli

uasatish, Singrauli, India, coal mining' Madhya Pradesh,
Monster Excavator
A ‘walking drag line’ is an excavator where the bucket is dragged by cables, rather than lifted by an arm. This permits the bucket to be much larger than those on shovels. Drag lines, because of their huge size, cannot move with wheels or bulldozer tracks. This one uses eccentric cams for walking. That’s why they are called ‘walking’ drag lines.

Location

Singrauli is a coal mining town in Madhya Pradesh. Nearest airport is 235 km away in Varanasi, UP. Singrauli is the energy capital of India and has four thermal power stations. Five more are under construction.

I happened to see the excavator when I was travelling from Singrauli to Ambikapur in Chattisgarh. Dark clouds hung low in the sky and rains were imminent. But I could take the shot before rains came down.

Camera Info

I shot this one with my Sony DSC-W35 camera. I used a wide angle focal length of 8.2 mm. Aperture was f/3.2 and shutter speed 1/500 sec. ISE speed was 100.

Photo Break

uasatish, India, Mumbai,https://uasatish.com,
Photo Break
I came across a group of young workers laying a new power line. It was close to sunset. I was carrying my camera. They asked me to take their photo and I agreed. So they briefly stopped their work and posed for me. Some were carrying electrical insulators. After I took the shot, I showed it to them on the LCD screen of my Canon EOS 550D. They seemed happy and went back to work.

This photo will be published next month in the Winter 2014 issue of New Labor Forum, a magazine published in New York, USA.

Location

The image was captured near the salt pans of Vasai. The area was without electricity and running water. Many acres of land can be seen with hardly any human habitation.

Technical Data

The camera was in aperture priority mode with an aperture setting of f/8 so as to get a good depth of field. Shutter speed was 1/32 sec and focal length 18 mm.

Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus

uasatish, India, Mumbai, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus,
Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus
Background

I took the shot at noon on a December day. The sun was shining brightly and the sky was clear.  The road in front of the terminus was crowded. You can clearly see the remarkable stone dome. The arches, turrets and ornamental gate add to the grandeur of the structure.

Camera Info

I used my Sony Cybershot DSC-S750 camera. Aperture was f/5.6 and shutter speed 1/500 sec. Focal length was 5.8 mm.

Sunlit Woods

uasatish, India, nature, Dalhousie,
Sunlit Woods
Dalhousie is 80 km by road from Pathankhot. It is at a height of 2000 metres and is a popular hill station. The town is built on a hilly area and buildings are often standing on stilts on hill slopes. Cultivation is on terraces cut into the hills. Tall Deodhar trees are seen everywhere. I had gone there in June when the summer was coming to a close. Himalayan mountains could be seen at a distance.

Background

We were travelling by road to Khajjiar when the terraced hills caught my eyes. The hills were lit by bright sunshine. Some distance away, there was a wooded area of Deodhar trees.

Camera Info

The focal length was 14.3 mm which gave me a wide angle view. Aperture was set to f/4.5 and shutter speed was at a comfortable 1/200 sec. You can see the photo on my Flickr page. It is part of my Getty Images collection.

The Taj

uasatish, Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Bombay, India, The Taj,
The Taj
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai is a landmark building. It was opened in 1903, twenty one years before the Gateway of India. The hotel faces Mumbai harbour. It is the flagship property of Taj Hotels.

Background

In December last year, I was in a boat cruising around Mumbai harbour. The boat was just setting out from Gateway of India. I could see the Taj emerge into view from behind the sea wall as the boat edged forward. I framed the shot with the old stone wall taking up about a third of the frame. The sun was low in the horizon. The colours of the setting sun are seen on the harbour water in front of The Taj.

Camera Info

The shot was taken in shutter priority. Shutter speed was 1/40 second with an aperture value of f/13. I used RAW to shoot the image and processed it in Photoshop.