Essaying the Life in a Metro
Consider the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad. Each of these places has their own identity with which we associate them.
This article was originally published in August 2014.
Portraying the Face
This identity is created by the people who live in the city. After all, they are the face of the city, which we can try and capture through our lens. You can use the telephoto end of your zoom lens and capture any places pecific items that the people are wearing. Alternatively, stand closer to the subject and use the wide angle end of the zoom. This will help you capture the surrounding environment as well.
Hustle and Bustle
Market places is another place that can help you capture the hustle and bustle of the city. These places are full of life early in the morning. The vendors are setting up their stalls and getting ready, and this is the time that the markets are really crowded too. Subjects over here are many—you may spot vendors arguing with customers, or simply lazing around. Just ensure that you do not get into anyone’s way. Open markets are simple to shoot, but closed markets are usually not well lit. In such situations, boost the ISO or make use of flash.
On the Go
Distances in metro cities are large and it may take you a long time to travel to and fro daily. The best way to utilise this time is to make pictures on the go. Whether you are travelling in a bus, train, car or taxi, you can capture images from within the vehicle. One option you have is to shoot the interiors of the vehicle and make portraits of your co-passengers. Alternatively, include the windshield or window within your frame and shoot the world outside. Always remember to use Continuous Autofocus so that your subject matter is sharp.
Wildlife Inside a Metro
If you associate wildlife only with jungles, did you know that there is a wide variety of species of animals, birds and plants even in the big cities? The key is to block out the urban sounds of the city and to concentrate on the surroundings. The local garden may have some interesting types of plants and your room’s window sill may attract various kinds of birds!