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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in the evening.

The following series encloses 15 photographs of Masjid-i Jahān-Numā meaning World-reflecting Mosque situated in Old Delhi, India. Built in mid 1600AD by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, its the largest mosque in India. The monument, the prime shooting location of many Bollywood movies can hold 25,000 people during prayer times. It is also close to a major ancient Indian market known as ‘Meena Bazaar’ and one of the oldest and most famous eat streets in India, the ‘Chandni Chowk’. From the Jama Masjid, one can see the ‘Red Fort’ at a distance, home to some of the most powerful Mughal Emperors of all times. Do leave your feedback if you like the series.

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People washing themselves before prayer.

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Sunset over the mosque

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Ali wondering where little sister Alisha is, as she is not allowed inside during the prayers

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Prayer Time

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Alone

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Sunset over the old city

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Sunset from another angle

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Chaos

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Lights get on

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Chaotic traffic in Old Delhi

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Friends

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A new photo angle

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The image from the top of the mosque

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Walking towards the light

Walking towards the light.Shots which symbolize paths that lead towards the light.

.Venice

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marcussam_lt (2).Amsterdam

marcussam_lt (4).Florence

marcussam_lt (3).Vatican

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Prague

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Images Copyright : Marcus Sam

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Let there be light

Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, a quote by which almost every emo newbie photographer swears by, till they graduate to a level when they have to worry about all the three..

Coming to which it cannot be gainsaid that light is almost one of the most powerful factors which determines the quality of any photograph, light natural or artificial.Photographically speaking light is the lifeline of an image, with even the most advanced DSLRs requiring atleast a minimal amount of lighting to take a photo.

Before we proceed lets have a look into what lighting has to offer over camera equipment or money for the matter.

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marcussam_mobileThe above Image has been taken by me in 2007/08 using a 2megapixels mobile camera (Loc : Pondicherry ,India).

Form the above image u can see light transforms something which might otherwise look very ‘amateur’..

But then we can’t just get light willy nilly, hence we have to use camera functions to compensate for  loss in ‘ideal lighting’..Now how does a camera decide what ‘light’ it needs to take a photo, generally it uses the ‘shutter’ function and increases its delay, or in simple sanskrit, it increases the time for which the shutter remains open to let adequate amount of light seep in to freeze the exposure. But then we get all those blurry images (for most photographers don’t carry a tripod 24×7). Hence we need  to take the help of the ISO function, which is most under-understood by amateur photography people. Ideally a cheapo camera has the capability to deliver good images at the lowest (starting) ISO – 50/100/200 at a ‘non shake shutter speed (ideally 1/40secs range- a speed at which camera shake doesn’t matter) beyond which the image gets grainy. But even with the best of DSLRs, the highest ISO u can pump an image without killing it is around 12800. So we need to go for aperture size, a bigger aperture lets more light inside naturally, letting images to be taken under serious low lighting at good shutter speeds and somewhat high ISO..

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marcussam_streets (1)The above image displays a fine mix of a High ISO, High Shutter Speed and a Huge Aperture. (Loc: Mumbai,India)

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Another image portraying a fine mix of ISO,Shutter Delay & Aperture. (Loc: Rome,Italy)

Now lets observe how a same place looks under different lighting conditions. Below is a series of 3 images taken under 3 different lighting conditions.Images taken in Kolkata, India.

1. Above the Bridge

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2) Below the Bridge

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3) Under the Water

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4) Complementary image to explain ‘using exposure to render beauty’

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Lets have another pictorial example of the same from another part of the world. Images from Florence, Italy.

1) Early Morning

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2) Early Evening

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3) Early Dusk

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4)  Complementary image to explain ‘using exposure to render beauty’

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Hence from the above study we can see how a mix of light , equipment and ofcourse money is essential to render a beautiful image, light being the most important followed by money to get the equipment and pay for the ‘free lunches’…

And yes its the Friday of the year, first of December so I leave u guys with some Season’s Greetings.. Have a Great Life People..!! =)

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Concept, Research & Image copyright : Marcus Sam


The Super Moon

The SuperMoon 2013.

The Super Moon has nothing to do with the Super as in Super Man or any other creature, it is simply the time in the year when the moon is closest in orbit to the earth.But the unfortunate part of the supermoon is the prediction that there are always some natural disasters linked with it…If you look at the world history or the recent news, you’ll just see how there were numerous floods and cloud bursts in the last few weeks around the world…

In other news my dear wordpress friends, I am a little overbooked these days..I am infact not finding time to even take photographs..But that is to change very soon and we’ll be back in family communication again, the wordpress family.. Meanwhile I am really thankful to my wordpress friends who have connected with me on my Facebook Page  or my Facebook  Profile … Cheers guys.!!

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The birds in the image are parrots.

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Author : Marcus Sam/Supermoon June 2013

 

Also note that the following Moon Shot by Marcus Sam  is currently the highest rated/most popular image on National Geographic  at the moment. 

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Six Colored Sky

Six Colored Sky: Multicolored sky…


Red Skies

Red Skies : Red sky at night, sailor’s delight Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. (Weather lore)


The Milky Way

The Milky Way…


Twilight

Twilight..Not New Moon or Saga…Just plain twilight for simple non sparkly human beings…


Colorful Skies

Too Calm ? try something with action : Here


Want to Fly

 

 

Have you ever wanted to fly…With the birds and bats in the sky… ?

Another of my favourite images..It was also for a contest organised by BBC Wildlife…The winner should be declared in February/March…