The Amazing Reflection

~ by Umesh Gogna

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Shot by SEL1635GM lens

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How to avoid shooting ‘just another’ Pushkar photo?

Let me start this story from the memory lanes, I remember shooting Pushkar for years and

every-time I returned back after the shoot, I had a feeling that all shots look same.

Pushkar is one of those places where you can never shoot a bad picture, but only if you’re able to shoot a picture which has not been shot by others on the same day. Most of the pictures from Pushkar had the same story of camels and shepherds.

Now, coming to the Camera and Lens combination.

I wanted to shoot something novel and this year I geared myself with Alpha 7RM2 and a 1635mm G Master lens (SEL1635GM). Shooting Pushkar has become a tough task these days as photographers outnumber the camels and each shot will have an unwanted element in it, usually a fellow photographer.

A sensational shot has to bypass the unwanted elements

Over years, I observed that as soon sun is about to set, most photographers pack up and leave the arena, and what is left is completely nomadic in its nature and less chaotic in character.

To shoot beyond the layers of pretence, distraction of unwanted elements and bring out the real street photography, I needed the right gear along with unique atmosphere thus I decided to shoot Pushkar after sunset I was certain that within the limited time frame between sunset and the complete dark.

I wanted to carry the lightest equipment to move between spots faster, which meant I’d to let go the tripod but, I was able to compensate the lack of tripod with Sony’s reliable 5-Axis stabilization for stable photography and thanks to the great ISO performance, low light was not a problem too.

Challenge the setting sun.

The setting sun was creating a nice silhouette of camels and shepherds, busy in quenching the desert thirst. The reflection of camels in the water pool and the glow of leftover sunlight in the background had an essence of nature and nomadic life.

To get everything from hues to tones, contrast to highlights; I shot hand held with 5 axis image stabilization. When I previewed the picture I could see the crisp reflection of camels in the pools and amazing colours of the sunset, the wide coverage of G master lens with efficient resolution made my shots of Pushkar stand apart from what most of us commonly see.

Why I love using the G Master Lens?

My 1635mm (SEL1635GM) is light in weight (approx. 680g only), gives amazing resolution, comes with 11 blades aperture, hence it helps me utilize my cameras most efficiently. Even shooting on high aperture and ISO the quality of picture was amazing and I got my final photo-essay of Pushkar and its chaos. It indeed is the best one can invest in

About Umesh Gogna

Umesh Gogna come from a family of jewelers. After completing his post-graduation, he started helping his father in their family business while also working on his Ph.D. thesis on ancient Indian jewelry. For his Ph.D., he needed good some quality photographs of jewelry. Good images were difficult to find in those days and he could not afford to hire a professional photographer. That’s when he decided to buy a camera and try photographing the jewelry himself. During the process, he discovered his love for photography and started spending more time with his camera. He upgraded his camera kit, brought studio lights and even set up a small studio in his house and started photographing full time. Most of his professional work is in the field of handicraft and jewelry, stone and the hospitality industry. Apart from his professional work he also does travels and nature photography. He has spent a lot of time documenting the cultural architectural and natural heritage of Rajasthan and the Himalayas and his work has been published in several books on these subjects. After spending many years as a professional photographer, he felt the need to give back something to his profession, therefore he started educating aspiring photographers about the science and art of photography by personally mentoring them. He has conducted more than 150 workshops on portraiture, jewelry, fashion and digital photography. He is an early adapter of technology and was one of the first to shift to digital cameras. Some of the cameras that he loves shooting with are the Sony A7RM2 which gives great performance with unmatchable image quality in a small, well designed, package and is perfect for low light conditions. He also uses Sony A7S for time lapse and night astro photography.

Story Stats & Gear Used:

Main image stats:

Lens FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
ISO 6400
Exposure (1, 80)
Focal Length (160, 10)
Model ILCE-7RM2
Aperture (6, 1)
Shutter Speed (6321928, 1000000)

Sony Alpha 7R II Full-frame Mirrorless camera - Made for professionals.


Premium G Master Series wide-angle zoom lens and smooth bokeh

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