Famous Magnum photographers like Raghu Rai, Steve McCurry and A.Abbas has already set a bar for photographing the famous Jama Masjid starting from 1983, and even to 2005 to be latest, as part of their exceptional portfolio as a Magnum artist. And why not? Jama Masjid has indeed attracted countless photographers. I must say, from very recent times, I saw a story done on Jama Masjid by an IPS turned photographer, Alankrita Singh. To me, she did an exceptional job, to be admired after the Magnum legends stated above.
In the era of drone photography, and helicopter shots, it's next to impossible to find out something which has not been attempted before. At the same time, we photographers are loaded with the responsibility to find that one crack in the shell, and try filling the same with our own share of art.
Hunting for some new perspective, I tried shooting the infamous Jama Masjid from all possible corners around. Moreover, to add the flavor, the shoot was done in early hours, which is again a rare look for most of us. The only intention was to fill that one crack that I found, as this 360 degree concept has never been attempted before.
Behind the scene:
Here is a brief description of how this photo story was shot. "Output" is the most important part of photography. No one is going to offer a sympathy for you of not having the expensive gadgets. Hence, you need to figure out the best you can do with what all you have.
Gear Used- Nikon D5100/ Nikkor 18-55mm AF Dx
Light Source- Ambient Light
The point was to shoot the early hours of the day. Despite knowing the poor light availability, the motive to choose this time of day was to document the unseen. The early views, and late night, are not so common in any case, due to various obvious reasons.
With only 18-55mm lens, it was quite evident for me that I won't be able to zoom in (which in this case was also not a requirement). Most photographs are taken in widest possible angle to embrace the maximum area and essence of the place. Shooting wide, also helps in low light, so again it was a planned move. I wanted to keep the photographs exact and real, which is why no external light source or props were used to produce these images.
Points from where most of the photographs are shot, are very common, whilst, few of them were obtained from getting access to least thought or inaccessible places. Carrying a small camera in hand, always has aided me in getting into the scene, which could have been more tough in case I had carried some heavy gears around my neck. This sneak peek, and getting accepted as another regular guy, always helps in getting some close and real pictures.