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Pushkar Mela 2012

A camel herder leads his charges though the desert in the early morning on the way to Pushkar Camel Fair on the 18th November 2012

After a gap of two years I went back to the Pushkar Camel fair (see my earlier post here) and found it little changed. The event still presents spine tingling opportunities for photography, ¬†– if you can get a clean shot through hordes of like-minded ‘lensmen’.. The National have published a selection of these images on their National View blog.

Herders and their camels walk along the road to the Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair
Camel traders and camels in the early morning at the Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair
Camel traders squat around the embers of a fire in the early morning
A camel herder ties firewood to the back of a camel after camping overnight in the desert forest near Pushkar
A young camel herder cleans a drinking bowl with sand
A camel herder leads his camel through the desert as the sun comes up
Camels pass by women as they are driven through the desert to the Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair
A hot air balloon above camels in the early morning at Pushkar Mela

A man trims the ear hair of his camel at Pushkar. Traders are fanatical about the presentation of their beasts

A camel trader grooms his camel in the early morning
A horse ‘dances’ to the beat of a drum in the events arena at the Pushkar Horse and Camel Fair
Camel traders sit by their fire at dusk
A man leading his camel at dusk
Camel traders at their camp fire. ISO 5000, f4 @ 80th and noise free! The Nikon D3s low-light performance is without peer

A camel with a red nose decoration

 Method: all natural light, Nikon D700 and D3s