My Best Shot: Amit Chakravarty

Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

Photograph/Amit Chakravarty

This story was originally published in June 2014.

Amit Chakravarty

Amit Chakravarty

Why it is my best shot

This is one of those simple, yet magical moments that happen around my house every day. This image is the first in a personal body of work on my family. That is why this image is very close to my heart.

Where and when I shot this image

I made this image during one of those holidays when I was lazing at home. It is a moment from the first day of friendship between my father and my dog.

How I achieved it

My father is 78 years old and my dog, Ole is two years old. They share a relationship similar to a grandparent and grandchild. However, my father was not always a dog person. A few months back, he fell ill. On one of those days, Ole jumped on the bed and wanted to play and be petted by my dad, which is when I made this photo. Ever since, my dad has been very fond of Ole.

The gear I used to get the shot

I used a Canon EOS 550D along with the Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I had set the exposure to 1/30sec at f/3.5, ISO 800.

About AmitChakravarty

Amit began his photography career in Hindustan Times and currently works as a staff photographer with Time Out Mumbai magazine. He received the Ramnath Goenka Indian Press Award in 2006 and his work has also been exhibited at the Delhi Photo Festival 2011.

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