Capturing Amritsar's Exquisite Colors with Microsoft Lumia!Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wagah-Attari Border Ceremony
Flags being lowered at sunset at Wagah Border.
(With 41 Mega Pixels, the biggest advantage is you can shoot first and seriously compose later. In all that chaos, I managed to sneak up onto the road getting a clear view of Pakistan and quickly took some shots before I was chased back to the side. Later at home, I cropped the picture and it's still has an excellent resolution!)
|Before the ceremony begins, visitors on the Indian side are allowed to run to the gates holding up the Indian Flag. Lots of kids seemed to be loving it. And if you're wondering, no, I did not run. ;)|
|Window to Pakistan, the other side! From where we were sitting, this was the view right next to us. The arena filled up eventually but compared to that side, there was a sea of humanity on this side of the gate, obviously.|
|Do you recognize anyone here? Yep, that's the cast of Khoobsoorat promoting their movie. It was really funny to see Fawad Khan sitting on the Indian side listening to all the cheers of Indians against Pakistan. I wonder which PRs sick idea was it to get him to the border!|
Early Morning serenity at Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple
|When the sun rises, the first light falls on the temple and it's easily one of the best times to visit. In the pool of nectar, as it's called, there are huge fishes that add color to the scene. In the centre, however, is a devotee taking a holy dip before visiting the temple.|
|Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple everyday and they bring such a huge array of diversity and color with them that it is fascinating to just watch them go by.|
|This was the view that greeted us 4 in the morning! The reflections of the temple and the watch towers were so impressive that I kept staring at the view.|
(I'm actually quite impressed with the low light capability of the Lumia, it captures the scene in great detail and I'm a bit sad to report that it looks like the Lumia handles low light better than my DSLR does at the moment)
|Women adding final touches to the rotis in the community kitchen called Langar where free food is served to everyone visiting the Gurudwara irrespective of any distinctions. The whole of the roti making process is automated, just the last step of applying butter is done manually by the women.|
|Got a bit adventurous and took this people shot. Not my forte at all, but with such a small yet powerful camera, I could get used to taking portraits of people! ;)|
|Golden temple, seen through the foliage.|
The Old and The Colorful - Lanes of Amritsar
|Show me blue and I'm already in love with the place. For some strange reasons, many of those old city lanes were bathed in generous blue.|
|We called him the Afghan Guy, he had the look.|
|This kid wanted a piece of the action, he was excited looking at all attention the Afghan guy was getting. If there's a willing model, I'm more than happy to shoot! I'm sure the kid must've been disappointed to see I wasn't shooting him with the big professional camera. ;)|
|An old abandoned temple right in the middle of the lane was painted all in blue. Blue, pretty and ruined - I can easily spend hours here photographing but we made it out in about 10 minutes.|
Colorful, wasn't it?
But there was lot of food!
Apart from all the roaming around, we also ate a lot of food. Because, none other than MasterChef Vikas Khanna was showing us around and taking us to his favorite food joints in Amritsar. I could talk about it but I would be as lost as a blind man in a maze! So allow me to direct you to the expert's post - Kalyan Karmakar, better known as Finely Chopped has written about the food trail, go read - A food safari in Chef Vikas Khanna’s Amritsar
About the Lumia, I think it has great potential in the hands of a travel photographer because the 41MP resolution is actually quite useful here. And the camera is as powerful as it is discreet. So easy to carry around, post updates on social media (finding good Apps is a bit difficult at the moment) and the picture quality is insanely good. (In case you are wondering, the .jpeg image size varies between 7-15MB and the device comes with a 32GB storage. Not sure about the size of the raw(dng format) images though.)
So what do you think - about Mobile Cameras and Nokia Lumia for Travel Photography?
Note - My trip to Amritsar was hosted by Nokia India.