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The eight Chennai Photowalk

Okay! For the first time since the Photowalks began, I have had to change the sacred order of things. I am sorry, but I had no choice. I am referring, of course, to the great and holy tradition of holding the Chennai photowalks on the second Sunday of every month. But, like I said, I had no choice. I shall offer penance and bribes to the lords of the walks later but first, the details all you good folk await so patiently.

The 8th Chennai Photowalk will be on the 15th and 22nd of June, 2008. That’s right. Two different days, same walk. Seeing how we have quite a bunch of people willing to sacrifice their Sundays (at last count, 65 people. Yes. 65!) but not all of them willing to do said sacrifice on same day.

The route I have in mind for this walk is interesting. As well as slicha heart-in-mouth exciting. And, again for the first time since the Photowalks started, we will do an evening walk.

That’s right. An evening walk. We will, or I will if no one else turns up, begin the 8th Chennai Photowalk at Panagal Park in T.Nagar and proceed in an easterly direction down Thyagaraya road, or Pondy Bazaar for those not 100% clued in, and end the walk at Residency towers. In the process, we (or I) will shoot the enthusiastic (read foaming-in-the-mouth) shoppers and the characters that populate Pondy Bazaar and make Madras the retail destination it is.

Of history, Pondy Bazaar has a good deal to offer. Of photo-ops, a lot more. Once upon a city-time, T. Nagar was a large lake running parallel to Mount Road. Called the Long Tank, it fed the paddy-fields of Nungambakkam and what is now Saidapet and Ashok Nagar. Sometime in the early part of the last century, the tank was filled up and Pondy Bazaar (and T. Nagar) created to help ease the pressure of George Town.

The jewellers and the cloth merchants, the grocers and their friends have turned Pondy Bazaar into a shopper’s wet dream. And the commuter’s wet-nightmare. And that, my dear walkers, is what we will try and record on the 8th Chennai Photowalk. That will be, to repeat, on the 15th and 22nd of June, 2008, at 5:30 PM.

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  1. hi, heard a lot about the photowalks… am new to the photowalks… heard from Rahul Sadagoppan some time back…. shall I join you guys? Pls let me know…

  2. Since I am from Tambaram, I can vouch for the place.

    Through not old buildings, You get real good place to photograp of historic temples near Perungalathu, Vandaloor(Zoo area). Thirneer malai near meenambakkam is also a good place. I really miss chennai a lot ๐Ÿ™ . Meet soon in some time ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Not sure yet, Harish. Will post about it as soon as I decide.

  4. When the next photwalk going to be. I would like to join you ppl..

  5. Wish I’d got to know about this earlier. Planning to join in tomorrow, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you please tell me where exactly in Panagal Park are you planning to start?

  6. snack?
    Was it sponsored?
    Will it be so this weekend as well?

    Btw, are we alllowed to come for both weekends? ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ had a great time clicking in tnagar. hadnt realised it could be so much of fun. though i couldnt catch up with the rest of the gang for the snack, loved every bit of this photowalk. Thanks Chandru!

  8. Hey guys,

    Is it going to be the same starting point for the 22nd also, do update on the time and the venue pls…


  9. hi…
    cant come today but game 4 22nd…..
    btw mr. chudan….,
    what is strength by now…????

  10. Hey,
    Hope this will pull a lot of people for our next walk.


  11. Mukunth: That has always been the aim of the Photowalk. Pliss to refer to first photowalk post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. To borrow a dialog from one of S.Ve. Sekhar’s plays, you are going to be charged with taking out a procession without a police permit !!

  13. Something tells me we are going to get lot more shutterbugs than the previous outing!
    Gotta be fun!

  14. Vishaka: Great. See you there, then, then.

  15. Count me in on the 15th. Looking forward to my first ever photowalk. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. @Prithvi : Where there is a will there is a way ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. a mid size one , haven’t been there in the evenings of late , so my question is more like , will i be able to set down a tripod somewhere ?

  18. Depends on how big a tripod and how comfortable you and the Ixus are with it.

  19. will be there on the 22nd ๐Ÿ™‚ is getting a tripod for a canon digital IXUS recommended ?

  20. Tushar: I don’t know if the embed will be embedded. Still. Yeah, will try climbing the flyovers. Not sure I can/will be allowed to, but will try.

    Prabhu: See you there.

  21. Boss

    Evening is super cool! Me will join the gang!!

  22. In our case, mot prob the embedded one with TOI might publish it.
    You wanna try climbing on the still not done flyovers to get some photos?
    Your pothys shot might get nixed b the flyover right in front ๐Ÿ™‚

    We should check out their new motto though ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Rotfl. Hindu might as well publish it.

  24. The Hindu, dated 16 June 2008

    Crowd in T.Nagar Doubles

    By a really, really tired Special Correspondent

    In an already crowded area like Panagal Park, traffic policemen noted an anomalous increase in the crowd yesterday. They suspect that it might have to do with a surprisingly large number of camera-wielding people moving about
    taking photographs of just about everything and everyone that crossed their path. “It’s not the festive or the discount season. This is not normal at this time of year,” observed Traffic Sgt. M.Raja.

  25. Okay, I’ll take a better pic of your D80 to drool over ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also, I assume I can call you if I get lost? (VERY Likely)

  26. Great! Will count you and count you again.
    The PowerShot can handle it – I’ve used it in very low light and it comes out almost with flying colours.
    Drool, but not over the D80. Moisture does bad things to the CCD.

  27. Count me as present for both the days ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m not too sure that my aging Powershot S3 can handle the low-light tho?

    Can I still drool over your D80?

  28. I am very poor in shooting (with camera) people. If you check my flickr ( 99% there will not be a human being. But my first Chennai phot walk is in a place, which is the most populated place in Chennai (and that too in a weekend)

  29. Count me in for 15th.

  30. I also…pliss be putting my name in attendance register

  31. Gayatri: Super! Super! See you there, then.

    Harish: Welcome and glad you could join the gang.

    Krishnan: A few of that 46 is mine. So.
    But yes, a lot of takers for the walk.

  32. Whoa; boss. 46 comments! It seems a lot of people have been bitten by the photowalk bug.

  33. Hi,
    I am a newbie… I too would like to join the gang on 15th..

  34. i think i’d be joining you all…thanks to aravind…m reallly looking forward!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Panagal Park, at 5 in the evening.

  36. wokay…....see u 15th even…...but…..where is the meet spot????

  37. Navneeth: All right then! We shall agree on the details of the bet on Sunday.

    Kamakshi: Super!

  38. awesome .. see you then!

  39. Sure, why not? ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Navneeth: Friends will tell you, you don’t challenge Chandrachoodan with impunity. Do you want to bet on my getting the kind of shot you want me to get?

    Nidhi: Super! See you there.

  41. wil be there with frndz ! =) i stay a street away! shud be fun still!

  42. This will be C’s first ever photowalk with a challenge. Let’s see how he tries to get that wide-angled shot of the Pothy’s building from the middle of the road. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. Yeah. go ahead and shop. As long as you can find out where the rest of the group is and catch up. Also, as long as you buy me goodies as well.


  44. Oh yes yes. Love it. Can we shop ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I will come ๐Ÿ™‚ for my FIRST photowalk ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Arun: Nice! Welcome back, btw.
    And you are right in trusting my tastebuds. Madras Bhelpuri is a super place for an evening snack. Though, I think they changed a few stuff from the last time I was there.

    Bharadwaj: Yup!

  46. Great idea … Bhel puri it is…

  47. last.. me and my s2 IS should be there at 5.00 on 15th..madras bhelpuri for me as well..havent eaten there, but i trust your tastebuds.

  48. Venkatesh: Great! See you on the 22nd

    Karthi: Yup, blinding flash is as bad as blinding headlights in the evenings.

    Bharadwaj: I am pretty familiar with the Pondy Bazaar area. Should have fun. I also think we should stop at Madras Bhelpuri and grab a snack.

    Navneeth: Ah!

  49. I once tried shooting the market (a building from 1923) sitting inside a moving car which, BTW, was moving at a mind-boggling 3 inches/minute. Didn’t come out well.

  50. Yahoo, My house is diagonally opp to Residency towers …can’t get better than this … will be there … will get friends…hopefully should make it back in time for the F1 closure…having been born and brought up around T.Nagar, some things I think are worth knowing … not many people notice the shops in pondy bazar .. some of the buildings are classics … watch out for them, There is also a flower market and a veggie market along pondy bazar, if at all you do make it when there is some light to Sir Thiyagaraya Road, the trees on both sides of the road make a green tunnel for vehicles.

  51. Evening is good time to shoot and ample opportunity for creative photography.

    I wish all flashes do not go on at the same time. May annoy people out there.

  52. I came to know of your “walks” through a newspaper article. Interesting stuff you are arranging. I will be there on 22nd June @ 5.30PM.
    Keep walking

  53. Ah!
    I don’t think it should be a big problem. But yeah, a little caution will not be misplaced.

  54. I’ll be there!
    Emma, camera’va jakkaradhaiya eduthhuttu po ma, as the traffic police would say!
    But seriously, this may require some taking care of your lenses, cameras, et al.

  55. WOW. Maybe CCG’s photowalks are a good reason to move back to Chennai?

  56. Sudhamshu: No luck with a GPS yet. Will have to make do with google and yahoo maps.

    Arvind: Great! See you there.

    Susheel: You should come. And yes, this is turning into a non-paying, second job. Hmmm

    Madan: Great. Come, it will be fun.

    Navneeth: COme mate. A few hours of fun before the day of exam will refresh and help you focus your energies.

  57. 15th is an exam weekend. 22nd is an F1 weekend – probably the last time the cars line up at Magny Cours – didn’t realise that till yesterday. What to do? WHAT TO DO?

    As Susheel said, if I come(on the 22nd), you’ll see me there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. i should e able to make the 15th! Finally! ๐Ÿ™‚ just worried about the lenses and low light! ๐Ÿ™

  59. Hmm… 5:30pm Pondy Bazaar. Not sure if I’m comfortable with that Idea. If I come, you’ll see me there…

    C, this looks like its becoming a full second job for you…

  60. I gues I would be there on 15th if not 22nd for sure… ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Count me in. My shaky hands spoil evening shots, so I’ll also try to be there at 5. Any luck with the GPS tracker?

  62. Have fun on the Blore Photowalk sir.

  63. Won’t be in, but let’s hope the blr photowalk has it’s next walked lined up pretty soon. cheers and keep the faith.

  64. Narain: most definitely. Yes!

    Kunal: Ah, yes. 5 will be better. I was planning to be there by 5 myself. I wanted to get a few shots of the Panagal park in the early evening light. If you are going there early, let’s catch up.

    Tush: Crowds and traffic is one reason I want to do this photowalk. It will be interesting, I say. Come on. Come on.

    Pradeep: Yay! Glad to have you along.

    Dilip: Super!

    Aravid/Pseudonym: Yeah, 5 sounds good. Come along then.

  65. Super Route. I think 1700 hrs should be good as Kunal mentioned. CheersAM IN.

  66. Aah finally a walk when I’m free… I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. I hope to make it atleast this time around. This sure would be an interesting walk.

  68. Most probably in for one of the walks..will let thy know.
    Though Sunday evening is kinda bad, what with all the traffic and crowds ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Oh yeah I’m bring some friends along this time…

  70. Superb! I’m excited about this walk! Can we start at 5pm instead of 5.30? that way we could get some nice light for about an hour?

    Actually I could just go by 5… See you then

  71. Sooper!
    Can we come for both the walks! ๐Ÿ˜€

  72. Dilip: Super. Bring some friends along as well.

  73. Super, as usual…. Ullen ayya!

  74. Planemad: Yup. That would need not a day but a month to fully experience. So.

    Navneeth: Sorry my bad. The walk begins at 5:30 PM.

    Hawkeye: So, break out of the cubicle and come to Madras man!

  75. aaaargh! this is too close to home. I walked this path almost everyday last year – same time. now i am stuck in a cubicle.


  76. What time doth the walk starteth?

  77. Is the Saravana Stores adventure walk part of a seperate package then?