This is a continuation of my photographic adventures in the city, armed to the teeth with my mobile camera. This is also an effort to convince myself (and any others that need convincing) that you do not need a DSLR to take good photographs.
No, I am not replacing my DSLR with my Nexus 5, not yet. I am using the mobile to go where the DSLR might be conspicuous or unwieldy. Let’s look at some images then:
I was a late adopter of the smartphone; and once I did, it added much fuel to my already flaming love for photography. Now I did not need to carry my DSLR around. As long as I understood the limitations of the mobile snapper and had help from an editing app, I could produce decent images.
It is true that my phone is unable to shoot in RAW, but in the next couple of years, most of the top-of-the-line phones will have that ability. Now, if the mobile OEMs can crack a practical optical zoom design, the point and shoot market should see a heavy decline. Are you listening Canon, and Nikon?
In this series within a series, I will post images from the life of Delhi and a few other cities that I keep travelling to. All the photos here have been taken with my Google Nexus5 and edited with the Snapseed app.
It is true that on most days, the air over Delhi is unbreathable at best; but then there are those evenings when the city throws you off with rich shades of crimson streaked over the azure skies. Few and far between they might be, but breath-taking they always are. Work leads me to commute between Delhi and Noida, and the route includes some open stretches along the Yamuna where the grasslands accentuate the beauty of the skies.
The images that will follow have bee clicked over the period of a year and range from late spring, early winter to late monsoon evenings. All the images below have been shot on the Nexus 5 and have been edited on the Snapseed app. Though the app has options for filters, I have chosen not to apply any. Instead all of them have been edited by adjusting parameters like brightness / contrast, shadows / highlights, saturation, etc.
One central aim of this series is to prove that you do not really need a fancy DSLR to take good photographs. Even though I do own a said fancy camera and a number of lenses, I have discovered that a decent mobile camera and a good editing app will cover most of your photographic needs.
Yes, there are restrictions when it comes to mobile photography. Your low light abilities are restricted. So is your ability to zoom in. But playing within these margins has helped me develop a my own style – one that relies predominantly more on the composition of the shot.
As I said in my previous post, all the images below have been shot on the Nexus 5 and have been edited on the Snapseed app. Though the app has options for filters, I have chosen not to apply any. Instead all of them have been edited by adjusting parameters like brightness / contrast, shadows / highlights, saturation, etc.
Today’s theme: Markets
Walls of plenty in Delhi’s INA market
Butchers take a break from the slaughter”INA Market, New Delhi
Labourers rest awhile post lunch: Bara Bazaar, Kolkata
Pigeon-hole shops: Manicktala Bazaar, Kolkata
There is space for everything at the market, even for offerings to the supreme being(s)
Produce: Good and bad
Hilsa fish, Bengali for “gastronomical orgasm”
Wisdom on sale: Darya Gunj sunday market, New Delhi
Yes, I am bengali hence this fishy pictures: CR Park Market, New Delhi
I am greatly in love with the frozen beauty of a moment. I try to capture this beauty as much as possible using a DSLR, or as some of my friends would like to call it, a ‘proper camera’. Most, if not all of the photographs on this blog have been shot using one. Things, however, started to change in the last two years or so when I got me a Google Nexus 5 smartphone.
This started a very bewildering phase of my life. I did not need to lug my SLR along. All I needed was the phone and for editing, a decent app. Over time, these images built up in my backup drive until one day i decided to revisit them. Turns out some of them are not half bad.
Hence this post. Ideally, this is be the first of an ongoing post on mobile photography, hopefully around themes. All the images below have been shot on the Nexus 5 and have been edited on the Snapseed app. Though the app has options for filters, I have chosen not to apply any. Instead all of them have been edited by adjusting parameters like brightness / contrast, shadows / highlights, saturation, etc.
Nahi haal e Dehli sunane ke qabil ye qissa hai rone rulane ke qabil
Ujade luteron ne wo qasr is ke jo the dekhne aur dikhane ke qabil
Na ghar hai na dar hai raha ik Zafar hai faqat haal e Dehli sunane ke qabil
‘Not worth narrating is the story of Delhi
This story is worth crying and wailing
Such places have the raiders destroyed
Which were places to see and praise
Neither home is left nor door,
Only Zafar is there to tell the story of Delhi’
Banished to Rangoon, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, penned these lines as he bid farewell to his beloved city of Delhi. In the 157 years since his rather unglamourous exit, Delhi has become the capital of India. The demographic of the formerly regional city has been turned on its head at two notable points in history: first, with the Partition, and then, with the opening of the Indian economy in the 1990s.
Like any other metropolis in the developing world, Delhi has its fair share of urban irritants –such as its crumbling infrastructure, slum clusters and the complicated fight against air pollution. The saving grace, however, is the city’s unparalleled greenery.
Conveniently located next to the historic Delhi Golf Course and in close proximity to Humayun’s Tomb, the Oberoi Hotel (particularly its rooftop restaurants) is the one of the best places to observe Delhi’s green lung. At a recent seminar, I took the opportunity to stitch together some panoramic shots of Central Delhi.