My Best Shot: Indranil Mukherjee

Photograph/Indranil Mukherjee

Photograph/Indranil Mukherjee

This story was originally published in April 2017.

Indranil Mukherjee

Indranil Mukherjee

Why it is my best shot

There are a few photos that are etched in my mind as I move on with my photographic journey. This is one of them.

Where and when I shot this image

I made this photo in Mumbai on 16 June 2012, when President Pranab Mukherjee, who was then a frontrunner for the post, while being the country’s Finance Minister, arrived to speak at a national seminar.

How I achieved it

Let me be very honest… I was extremely lucky with this shot. In order to photograph Pranab Mukherjee’s arrival, I had been waiting by the entrance of the venue along with my colleagues. When he made an entry, I began taking pictures using a flashgun. For this particular image, I released the shutter while the flash was still recycling for the next burst. As a result, my flash fired a little bit after a fellow photographer’s flash. This caused a dramatic double exposure on a single frame.

The gear I used to get the shot

I used a Nikon D3 with a Nikkor AF-S 24–70mm f/2.8 G ED lens and a Nikon SB-900 flashgun. I had set the exposure to 1/10sec at f/7.1, ISO 400.

About Indranil Mukherjee
Indranil is a staff photographer with the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and has been heading their photo department in Mumbai since 2005. With more than 15 years of experience, he has covered numerous national and international events.

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