Photographer's Note

This little Narwari girl in going through a wedding ceremony. The ceremony and dress are exactly the same as for an adult wedding, except that she is not marrying a man but a fruit (a bell pepper) seen as a manifestation of the god Shiva. When she reaches puberty she will celebrate this ceremony to the god Shiva again, under the manifestation of the sun. Her third wedding will be when she reaches adulthood and will be to the man who will be her husband.

The little girls seemed to love dressing up and, on this day, they seemed to enjoy being the centre of attention too. Once one photographs one of these little girls, one has to photograph them all, because of the look of disappointment on the faces of their adoring mothers if her daughter is no considered lovely enough to be pictured. So, on this day, I took about 30 pictures of these little brides; every one as sweet as the others.

The Newar people are mostly Hindu and are the main ethnic group in the Katmandu Valley.

The light conditions were very low, inside a marquee, with only sunlight flickering in from outside. The note shows I used my Sigma 18/200 zoom, which can’t be right, because that would have been stupid. I am sure I used my Canon 28 mm 1.8 lens, with optimal ISO (1900). At this setting, the Canon 40D seems well able to deal with these low light situations, without producing excessive noise. But I would really like to learn a lot more about low light photography

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Additional Photos by kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 173 N: 1802] (7517)
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