I wanted to get to the Taj early to avoid the crowds. As soon as got in I sprinted to this one spot where I knew I could catch both the Taj and the sunrise in my frame. Even though it was a distance from the entrance, there was already a small group of photographers there. One of them was talking. That voice sounds like Matt Brandon’s, I thought. He’s the guy behind The Digital Trekker and host of one of my favorite photography podcasts.
I walked over and introduced myself. It was him! What are the chances that we went there on the same day at the same time to the same spot? It turns out he was leading a tour. As we were talking these folks walked by. I took a few quick shots but wasn’t sure they’d work. This one turned out to be one of my favorites though.
Depth of Field
I highly recommend Matt’s podcast Depth of Field. If you are considering making a career out of photography, or just want to turn it into a small side business, it’s a must. As his site says, he interviews “respected photographers from many different fields and uncovers what it took for them to be successful. Listen to his guests share both secrets and stories of their journey.” Check out his interviews with Timothy Allen, Damien Lovegrove, and David Bergman to start with. You can also download it in the iTunes store.
How I Made The Photo
I rarely add objects to my photos. But for this image I pasted in the pigeons from a previous shot I took at the same spot. It was really simple to do in Photoshop. The birds were there, just not at the moment these folks walked by.
This shot was a little tricky in terms of exposure because the light outside was very bright, but from where I was shooting it was much darker. To compensate I decided to expose for the bright outdoor light and then recover the darker inside area in post. To do that I set my exposure bias at -1.3. The darker exposure help to create a nice silhouette too.
One of the things I like most about the Sony A7II is the EVF (Electronic View Finder). In terms of exposure, it really helps to see your final product before you even take a shot. What you see on the camera screen is exactly what you get.
- Camera: Sony A7 II
- Lens: Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS
- Aperture: ƒ/7.1
- Exposure bias: -1.3EV
- Focal length: 16mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/200s