My Best Shot: Kedar Bhat
This story was originally published in April 2010.
Why This is My Best Shot
The graphic quality of this image, the ‘law of nature’ it illustrates and the overall aesthetics together make this one of my best shots. It is also the one photograph that turned out to be the way I had imagined.
Where and When I Shot This Image
Yeoor, Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, November 2008
How I Achieved It
Yeoor is located only 20 minutes away from my home. Since the past few years, I have been visiting this beautiful, unpolluted haven regularly. It is great to observe and shoot unique phenomena and the flora and fauna there. A very important natural phenomenon is the spreading of millions of pollen grains, caused by the slightest breeze or even a gentle tap on a flower or blade of grass. I decided to go one early morning to capture this beautiful sight. It was easy, as I had already sketched the image I wanted in my mind. I found the perfect flower and tapped it gently. With my camera mounted on a tripod, I successfully froze the shower of pollen grains mid-air.
The Gear I Used to Get This Shot
I used a Nikon D80 with a Nikkor 105mm macro lens. A Nikon SB-800 flash was used off-camera to freeze the motion of the falling pollen grains.
About Kedar Bhat
Kedar Bhat is a Physics graduate and a freelance photographer with over 15 years of experience under his belt. He has worked with Outlook group of publications and also for dailies like The Times of India, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times.