Ganesh Chaturthi iPhonography

Ganesh Chaturthi iPhonography

iPhonography again. Just a quick one with some iPhone shots from the Ganesh Chaturthi procession in Mumbai this last Sunday. I was with a small group of photographers that came for the workshop so did not really shoot so much, but I still managed to sneak in a few snaps.

You must have already noticed that I have a special relationship developing with my iPhone. I have already written a few posts about it and I find myself more and more often choosing the iPhone over my other cameras as my preferred method of shooting. It feels more like a vacation than work and I like the unexpected results. It was funny to walk around with two D700 bodies attached to my R-Strap and be using a small camera phone. You should have seen the surprise on people’s faces looking at me like this. It was worth it even if only for this reaction.

I have been to Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi festival in 2009 and came out with a few shots that I think capture the essence of this festival in a pretty good way so I had no real urge to go get the same images again. I was, as always, looking for something else to say, another way to shoot something that has already been shot to the death. If you don’t want your images to look like the images of all the other photographers on location you must change the way you look at things. Walking around with the iPhone was just what I needed. There is also something beautiful about the square format that is such a huge change for a DSLR shooter. Makes me think that it might have been a good idea to keep my old analog Mamiya 6, but it is way too late to lament. I should probably consider buying a Hasselblad again . . 🙂

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