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During my last visit to Odisha in India, I was taken by car to the Dantiamuajan Haat, or market, about 50-60km from Balasore. the market, held on Thursdays and Sundays, is a morning congregation of vendors of all sorts but it centres on Sabai, the grass harvested for making rope and string, mats, handicrafts and various other objects. Most of the vendors arrive by bike from the many villages in the area, although trucks turn up to carry the loads of rope away. Here are some shots from my visit to this colourful market – and thanks to my friends Rajesh and Rakesh for taking me there.

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Sabai grass is brought to market, like most things, by bike.

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How long is a piece of string?

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Cock fighting is a popular and unpleasant sport at the market.

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Dried fish for sale from the nearby Bay of Bengal

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Blue lady, been shopping

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Rare flowers, or cheap plastic bangles?

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Vegetables

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Cabbages

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All tied up

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Sabai grass merchants

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Knife sharpeners

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Back to the roots

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Chilis, onions and potatoes

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More veg

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Fishy business

Technical nerdy stuff

All shots produced with my Fujifilm XE-2 with Fujinon 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, using JPEG settings I have started to find I can get better results going back to Photoshop Elements 9 with JPEGS rather than using RAW in Lightroom 5. Pity, because Lightroom has the work flow functions. Maybe one day I’ll find the right solution for using the RAW images I have from the Fujifilm cameras, but meanwhile I’m fairly happy with these JPEGS. The more I use these cameras the more I grow to love them.