[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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