Kandeels are my favourite part of Mumbai Diwali. I love the play of light through colourful papers. The first time I went to Mahim Kandeel market, I thought I was in a magic land. It’s almost surreal to walk down the streets enveloped in colours, lights and festivities.
I took this picture of Hong Kong city from Victoria Peak. The terrace was extremely crowded, I didn’t have a tripod and there were very few opportunities to get a clean view from a good spot. After struggling for more than half an hour, I managed to find a tiny spot where I had to balance my dear camera near the railing to get this picture.
On a beautiful night in Ladakh, under the moonlight, I found myself walking down a quiet road in search of a landscape the locals call ‘moonland’.
After wandering around for a few minutes, I didn’t really care about searching the moonland anymore. The walk down that road was hauntingly beautiful. We could see the monastery way up in the distance on a mountaintop. The road was eerily quiet and covered in soft moonlight. Prayer flags fluttering through the fence created strange shadows on the road. I was fascinated by the beauty of that moment.
I wasn’t equipped with the right tools to capture that moment and that beauty. But I couldn’t resist making an attempt. In the absence of a tripod, I used a rock on the sidewalk to balance my camera. Some light was provided by the bright moon in the sky.
This is one of my favourite attempts at night photography… a breathtaking view, light provided by moon and a rock on the sidewalk for support.