My Best Shot: Sanjay Hadkar

Photograph/Sanjay Hadkar

Photograph/Sanjay Hadkar

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With an innovative approach to the subject, out-of-the-box thought process and unparalleled dedication, Sanjay Hadkar has spiralled his way up as the Special Photographer at ‘The Times of India’.

This story was originally published in April 2015.

Why it is my best shot
A high tide was expected in Mumbai and warnings had been issued for the safety of curious onlookers. Yet, many people had come down to witness the frenzy of the waves. What followed was a long and tiring wait in the humid pre-monsoon heat and no sign of the ‘great wave’. Finally, my patience paid off and a great wave splashed right over me with all its might. The panic caused by the wave is clearly seen on the faces of the women.

Where and when I shot this image
This image was shot at the Gateway of India in Mumbai, during the pre-monsoon season on 16 June 2010.

How I achieved it
Action pictures are very unpredictable and challenging. It was already difficult to hold onto my footing on the slippery ground. The saline seawater and humidity presented more problems as both are not beneficial to equipment. Yet, I managed to get this picture within a fraction of a second.

The gear I used to get the shot
I used a Nikon D1H with Nikkor 12–24mm f/4 lens. A wave submerged me immediately after this shot, and this is the last image I made with this lens.

—As told to Ambarin Afsar

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