Chennai photography locations

#1 Mar 6th, 2007, 13:34
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Hiya,

Mods I wasn't sure if its best to put this here or in the photography forum, so feel free to move it if its in the wrong place.

I am looking for interesting, original locations around Chennai for photography, as I have an assignment to do. Markets, beaches, temples, architecture, gardens, you name it. More specifically, places visitors might take a while to find, or never find!

Some ideas people? Please?!

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if you look at my photo gallery you will see many pics taken at the veggie-fruit-flower warehouses. I took these on my last day in Chennai in September 2005. I consider them the best pics I took during the entire month.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you where these warehouses are because my rick driver took me there...I'm sure one of the members here can tell you where they are.

You can also walk through the grounds of the Theosophical Society -- has world's largest (or oldest? I think one of those!) banyan tree.
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Dont miss the St Thomas Church, specially if it is still lit at night. The stained glass windows, artitecture and interiors are beautiful
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The "Chennai-ist" place in Chennai is undoubtedly Marina Beach in the late afternoon, early evening. All the city comes out to stroll, fly kites, shop in the stalls. Kids eat ice cream and shoot dried peas at balloons with airguns. Women don fine saris and put jasmine in their hair. Fishermen are rolling up their nets or hauling in the last, late catch. You get the sense that people have been doing this for thousands of years.
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I don't know where Yogagal's veg market was --- but I do remember enjoying her pics

You can photograph the veg market in the street at Mylapore. Nearby you can snap the stalls by the Kapaliswara temple main gate, selling garlands and puja items. Of course, the temple and tank are also there. These markets are at their best in the kerosene-lamp-lit evenings!

Huge crowds shopping can be seen in T Nagar, especially late afternoons, except Tuesdays. Especially take a look at Ranganathan Street, if you can managage to photograph a throng while being swept along by it.

The streets around George Town, Parry's Corner, area (among my favourites of Chennai) with their midiad tiny shops, divided into different businesses in different areas -- there is a whole area of wedding invitation shops, as well as streets devoted to opticals, hardware, medicals, shoes, flowers ---even pipe fittings and bearings! Watch your pockets, here, though: perhaps just take one camera and not a pocketful of money!

The beaches, Marina Beach and Eliots Beach are worlds of their own.

But, as a newcomer, I'd guess that the "interesting areas" start right outside your door!
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Guys.... Who can identify Yogagals Veg market?

There is one like this in Thiruvanamalai, but I do't think it is anything like this big...
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nick, all I know is that the area is about 45 minutes from Shelter. It was on the way back from The Banyan, which was a full hour from Shelter. The Banyan was in a more spread out, quiet area of Chennai, a "suburban" feel to it. The warehouse area looked like on the outskirts of town, if that means anything (probably not!)

I wished I could have gotten a pic of the man who was herding water buffalo down the street near those warehouses, a whole pack of them maybe 20. maybe that's not the right name for them (that's what they looked like to me!), but they were those big dark bovines with big horns, definitely NOT cows! such a great scene, one man with one stick, all those animals, lazily walking down the street. Suresh was driving too fast -- I'm sure he would have turned around had I asked him, but he was on a mission to take me to the warehouses -- "good pictures, madam!"

and there's more than one warehouse, maybe 3 or 4 HUGE buildings with hundreds of stalls within each building.

loved it!
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Originally Posted by gertie View Post Hiya,

Mods I wasn't sure if its best to put this here or in the photography forum, so feel free to move it if its in the wrong place.

I am looking for interesting, original locations around Chennai for photography, as I have an assignment to do. Markets, beaches, temples, architecture, gardens, you name it. More specifically, places visitors might take a while to find, or never find!

Some ideas people? Please?!

Thanks
Gertie
Koyambedu Market, Chennai
http://chennai.metblogs.com/archives..._chennai.phtml
http://www.chennaibest.com/cityresou...ket/market.htm

Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal

http://www.chennaionline.com/cityfea...naitraffic.asp
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Well, ISN's link to the Chennai Metblogs, and from there to this flickr photo might have hit the nail on the head. (the 360-degree one made me feel seasick )

Maybe one warehouse does look pretty much like another --- but this looks a very close match. Have a look on p66-67 of your Eicher book: there is a huge veg market there.

Could be about an hour from Shelter, yes. Longer in bad traffic!

I don't know what or where the Banyan is?

And yes, those would have been buffalo
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the women's shelter where I donated my clothes...and actually would be another great place to take photos of the women because it would be an inspiring photo montage (but I certainly would make a $$$ donation to them for that privilege!)
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Flower, Fruit and Veg Market

Is it the one marked on the "Hallo Madras" city map in the west of the city, between Koyambedu and Virugambakkam districts (square D1)? Nearest feature seems to be the Omni bus terminus and Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus to the northeast, and closest main road looks like Kali Amman Koil Street.

Suresh offered to take us there one day when he took us out to the Cinema Stdios but htey were closed, however we didn't go there.

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Confirmation from Mrs N: it is Koyambedu
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Places to shoot

Heard of Thalankuppam beach? Extreme north, but well within city limits, is an almost deserted beach. Populated by scruffy fishermen who will look at you amusedly, crabs who'll ignore you and a discarded pier that makes brilliant photograph.

Broken Bridge/Adyar Estuary

St. Mary's church, inside the fort.

Santhome Basilica

And a hundred more. Depends though, on what you want to shoot. Typically cliched "Oh, India's so exotic, there are cows on the road" shots? Or Currently gaining popularity "India's special, different, rich but there are people still poor who sleep on the pavement" shots? Or plain-old India as it IS shots?

(Some of my photos from around Chennai, here)
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Some scenic locations, especially during sunrise/sunset periods:

1.Broken Adyar bridge (inside the estuary, near the sea, can be approached from northern end of Besant Nagar Beach (same as Ravages' mention above)
2.Muttukadu backwaters, especially from Kovalam-Kelambakkam Road (Go south on ECR till Kovalam)
3.Buckingham Canal from Sholinganallur - Injambakkam Road, there is a bridge over the canal (Go south on ECR till Injambakkam, road to Sholinganallur and IT Corridor to the right)
4. Pulicat lake (north of city, can take northbound trains out of Central, or drive north on NH-5 towards Gummidipoondi, and Tada in A.P.)
5. Mouth of Cooum into Bay of Bengal (there is a small sluice to control tide water flow). Potential security issue since there is a Navy base nearby. Located across Napier Bridge, Beach (Kamaraj) Road.
6. Fort St. George, and Fort Museum
7. Many other Raj-era landmarks around the city
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There are loads of locations around.I went on a drive along ECR a few weeks back to Mahabalipuram ,Tiger caves and the croc park... few pics here .

I will clicking more in the near future...'to capture the uncaught chennai' ... apprently Chennai/Madras is one of the few metro cities who hasnt been caught on the lense in its entirety..
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