[Mobile Photography] As Seen in the City #2


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:

 

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A man waits for his flight announcement at IGIA, New Delhi

 

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Vegetable seller adds a dash of colour to my street on a rain soaked morning

 

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Delhi on a rainy afternoon

 

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Continuing with the theme of precipitation: Going to work on a rainy winter morning

 

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Waiting for my dumplings to arrive, at a restaurant in McLeodgunj, Himachal Pradesh

 

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More Rains!! This time it is the seat of the government

 

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I loved the sky in this otherwise nothing photo

 

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If i could capture the spirit of my hometown Siliguri in one photo, this would be it.

My previous experiments with  mobile photography: Markets, Black and White, Delhi’s fiery sunsets and more street photography.

[Mobile Photography] As Seen in the City #1


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.

PS: My previous posts on Mobile Photography: Delhi Sunsets, Markets, Experiments with Black and White

 

[Mobile Photography] Delhi Sunsets


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.

You can see my previous posts in the [Mobile Photography] series here (markets) and here (black and white)

[Mobile Photography] Markets


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

 

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[Mobile Photography] B/W


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.

Today’s theme: Black and White

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Starting off with the iconic, albeit through induced graininess: Matia Mahal on Bakreid. Photograph taken from the steps of Jama Masjid
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Prelude to a journey: Passengers wait for a train to depart at the Delhi Cantt station
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Sweet dreams: My ten day old niece
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Stillness of the night: Ode to a power cut
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The Enchanted Forest: Mist rolls through the Dhauladhar mountains above Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh
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Thoughts: Fuzzy and slightly out of focus
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Running in the rat race: Rush hour at Nehru Place Market, New Delhi
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On the outside, looking in
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The goddess of the deserted parking lot
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Almost alien: Late night at a metro station in Delhi

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Central Delhi Panoromas


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.

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Sweeping view of the Delhi Golf Course
Sweeping view of the Delhi Golf Course
Delhi Golf course, with Lodhi Gardens in the background
Delhi Golf course, with Lodhi Gardens in the background
Looking eastwards, across the Nizamuddin Flyover
Looking eastwards, across the Nizamuddin Flyover
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From Pragati Maidan (left) to Lajpat Nagar (right) – a slice of Delhi

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