Wednesday, 15 February 2017

View #1 Save the Camera





I think an introduction is in order.
I present to you, "View". A series to take you behind the scenes with me, and write down specific memories I have, in relation to certain photographs of mine up on raginianand.strikingly.com.
I aim to tell you the things that were happening around me exactly as I clicked this shot.

Hope you like this series!





Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
June 2015
Camera used: Sony Alpha Nex5
I was walking back to the hotel after a leisurely stroll in and around the Tibetan Market of Mussoorie, which I've often compared to the one and only Sarojini Nagar Market in New Delhi.

I heard thunder, and I fastened my pace.

Suddenly, I see shopkeepers ensuring their carts are covered with blue tarpaulin, and sure enough, hear the sudden and heavy downpour of the rain on canvases. The sound was amplified due to the increasing number of canvases getting affected by it, the rain rapidly falling on every shop in sections as the clouds hurriedly scattered to cover the entire area in a blanket of rosy purple.

I looked up, and saw what you can see in this picture.
Well, not exactly.
I knew to get the perfect shot, I had to run ahead and give myself some time ahead of the fast-approaching rain. So, I did just that.

I ran ahead and turned around.
Aimed the camera towards the sky, clicking on the shutter rapidly.

"Beta! Open your umbrella or you'll spoil your camera!" shouts an elderly shopkeeper from across the road. And soon enough, as soon as I dropped my arms and brought the camera to a rest, heavy drops of water splashed on my nose, then my head, and reached my hands.

The only editing done to this photograph is the cropping to build a nicer composition, and making the lamp on the right side slightly darker. The light in it was not on.

That's where I would have ended this post, but I know a lot of you would message me asking about what happened to my camera: It was fine, I always carry my weirdly small but spacious camera bag for these kind of situations.


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Thanks!

- Ragini Z. Anand