My Best Shot: Mahesh Shantaram
Why It Is My Best Shot
What does one say about water and electronics? Not much as not many devices live to tell the tale. I was firing the flash in complete darkness before it stopped working. Despite all the chaos happening right in the middle of the sea, I still managed to get this photograph.
Where and When I Shot This Image
This couple had planned a crazy two-day beach wedding in Goa just before Christmas 2011. It was packed with plenty of surprises to keep guests and photographers on their toes at all times. The highlight of the event was the grand finale where they dragged their family members into the sea, in full wedding attire!
How I Achieved It
It all happened very quickly and I was not fully prepared for this picture. In fact a lady guest even helped me get to the shore. I owe the exciting feel of this shot to the videographer and his halogen lamp. He was, for once, behind the scene instead of in front of it. Four shots with an external flashgun into the splash fest and the game was over for me. The saline water got in contact with the camera’s hotshoe and I could not shoot anymore.
The Gear I Used To Get The Shot
For any wedding scenario, I use a Nikon D3S along with Nikkor 24–70mm f/2.8G ED and Nikon SB-900 Speedlight.
About Mahesh Shantaram
Bengaluru based Mahesh Shantaram is a documentary and wedding photographer who is known for his storytelling approach. With a diploma in photography from the Speos Institute in Paris, he is also a member of the international Wedding Photo Journalists Association.