A Drop In Time | Bundi, India

Bundi, India, Peter DeMarco, architecture, city sunrise, photography, pray, tips, travel

There are moments in life when you realize how fragile it is. I just had one of those. Thankfully everything is fine. But in the darkness I thought of this photo I took in the small town of Bundi, India.

I was sitting alone on the roof of my guesthouse at sunrise. I watched the city wake up through my telephoto lens. Monkeys crawled over the tops of houses. The call to prayer echoed from a mosque. Clanging bells of a Hindu ceremony cut through the morning light.

A few people came to their rooftops to perform a morning ritual. They faced the rising sun, poured water from a little brass bowl or ‘kalasa’ that symbolizes the universe – like the man is doing in this photo – and prayed.

Revisiting this image and sharing it is like creative therapy for me, a way to reaffirm there is something beyond this precious drop in time.


  • Camera: Sony A7 II
  • Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Lens Adapter: Metabones Nikon F-mount to Sony E-mount
  • Taken: February 29, 2016
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
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Author: Pete DeMarco

Pete DeMarco is an award-winning travel photographer. His passion for helping people transform their photography shows through in the expert advice he shares. His work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, CNN, and as a staff writer for Digital Photography School.

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