Sometimes it’s necessary to be a little devious…..just a little…..
So at this location; the Kizhakkakara Sree Krishna Temple by the Chirakkal Lake in Kannur, I took the photo first, then asked if I could take some photos afterwards.
The answer, of course was, “No!”
I had already set up the camera: I was using my Olympus OM-D to take three bracketed shots in quick succession, but the light was low and even with an ISO of 2500 I was unsure whether three hand held shots in that light would work.
Most of the time, asking first is the proper and usual procedure, but there are certain locations like this where you know that people will be touchy and are likely to churn out the standard response. It was the same in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Panjim, Goa, so you learn to be circumspect and try to take your photos discreetly.
It’s more difficult when worshippers are involved and in another Kannur temple I tried to take more distant shots, though with less success. I know that if I were there making my prayerful offering I would object to some ‘saaip’ poking his lens in between me and my deity.