How did you get this shot?

June 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I have been receiving questions and notes on the background of this image, so I have decided to write a post on this instead - happy to answer anything that I missed ;). This was a shot taken at the Kumbh Mela, India - the largest gathering of humanity globally for a single purpose. It was estimated that about 100million people attended throughout the period.

This image was selected from the many silhouettes (approximately 15  captured over the span of the event.) made - we were just about to cross the man-made bridge when I spotted a lone figure watching the mass of people trying to get to the other side of this river; The Ganges. The flow of people moving only allowed 5 seconds to compose and shoot; the 5 seconds are 'borrowed' as the people behind you wonder what you are doing and look in the direction of your camera - driven by curiosity. When you see a shot, you have to take it when journaling events - don't think. Just shoot. My good friend paid the price of worry as he quickly (and strongly!) encouraged that I move on!

I call this image The Watcher. Shot data: 1/100 seconds, f 2.8, ISO 2500.

Here are some others that were in the series of silhouettes:

At the Triveni; confluence of the two sacred rivers - Yamuna and Ganges at sunset

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Puja being performed on a boat - a ritual of Light

A gathering by the river.

Lone traveller walking to his destination in the middle of the night.


One of the very few moments you capture someone ALONE at the Kumbh Mela amongst the millions of people.

 

 


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