From your backyard, through the bylanes of Old Delhi, along the banks of Yamuna, atop the heritage monuments... the capital has plenty to set you trigger-happy this rainy season. Some city photographers recommend their ideal monsoon backdrop.
Heritage sites like Qutab Minar provide a perfect destination to those keen on capturing these majestic structures during the monsoon.
Standing against the dark clouds these structures really stand out. You can also occasionally spot tourists with colourful umbrellas running around in these monuments — another good subject for a shot.
Where: Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi Ridge
Taking shelter from the rains in a pavement near Nizamuddin.
A Sunday morning walk at the crowded book market (a regular Sunday feature) in Darya Ganj during the rains is quite a learning experience besides providing some excellent photo opportunities.
When the rain plays hide-and-seek, it’s fascinating to watch book sellers pack and unpack their wares deftly!
Where: Bylanes of the Walled City, Chandni Chowk
Water bodies and gardens
Lakes in the city offer good spots for capturing the rain, especially if you can find some wildlife around it.
In a small survey conducted by Delhi Photography Club, members suggested places like Hauz Khas, Badkhal, Sariska Lake and Lodhi Garden, Garden of Five Senses and Sanjay Van as some good spots to go during this season.
Another one is India Gate which never loses its life and energy. You will see all sorts of people here, tourists, Delhiites, lovers, friends, families etc.
People playing near Gate Way of India. Photo : Shaswant Nagpal
Where: Hauz Khas, Badkhal Lake, Lodhi Garden, India Gate
Near the heavy traffic intersections at spots like ITO, IIT, one can shoot the rain against the vehicles’ headlights.
Try including the red buses, green autos and a few colourful cars in the frame for an interesting image.
If you get down at one of the metro stations near the Delhi-Gurgaon border, when it’s not raining but overcast, you’re
sure to find a fine contrast of the bygone era among the ruins standing alongside the modern high rises of Gurgaon.
Where: ITO, IIT or Defence Colony intersections; Delhi-Gurgaon border and other modern architecture spots in NCR
Jama Masjid. Photo : Tushar Kanti
People and rain
People running helter-skelter to find refuge from the rain makes for a good frame. Look for places where people
congregate... such as markets, bus-stops, stations and shoot people’s reaction to rain and capture myriad expressions of happiness, irritation, depression, fun.
You can get pedestrians, motorcyclists or workers hiding in a shelter. The city of flyovers gives ample compositions to click as people take refuge from the rain beneath the flyovers.
It also helps you keep your precious equipment safe.
Where: Some interesting shots can be discovered under flyovers in areas like Kashmere Gate, Nizamuddin, Lajpat Nagar.
Suggestions by Professional photographers and photography clubs: Dheeraj Paul (visiting faculty at Jamia Millia Islamia), Gurinder Osan (Hindustan Times National Photo Editor), Chandan Gomes (Rang), Ravi Dhingra (Camera Unlimited), Virendra Shekhawat (Delhi Photography Club) and Shashwat Nagpal (Delhi Foto Club)
Tips for shooting in monsoon: by Dinesh Khanna
The best time to shoot the rain is when it is raining — most of us don’t even think of going out with our cameras when it starts to rain but that’s the best way to kiss out on the best monsoon images.
However, make sure that you protect your camera and other gear with waterproof covers. This could be a simple plastic bag or sheet or an expensive housing for the camera. But plan it such that you have something arranged beforehand.
Shoot against the light so that you can get the raindrops to glitter and shine because of the backlighting effect.
The photographer is the co-founder of Nazar foundation which promotes photography as an art form and organises the Delhi Photo Festival.