"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
True. That is why people take photographs; to capture the beauty of beautiful things and moments, so that they can be preserved forever, and revisited whenever the heart yearns for it. We are lucky to be born in a land whose beauty knows no bounds. From hills and valleys to beaches and lakes, from majestic historical relics to iconic buildings, there's more beauty in India than the mind can ever imagine. And that makes this country a photographer's paradise.
There is much wonder to be captured in every corner of this country. Here's just the beginning:
1. Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Also called the Bahai Temple, this place is the pride of Delhi. It is best captured during the 'Blue Hour' which is mostly a short period just before sunrise and just after sunset.
2. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
There is a purity in the whiteness of this seasonal salt marsh. On a bright day, you'll be able to capture the stunning contrast between the white and the blue sky.
3. Agatti Island, Lakshadweep Islands
Water never looked so good and the Lakshadweep Islands is as clean as it gets in India. As you fly into the island on a helicopter, you can capture the entire island in one frame.
4. Hampi, Karnataka
The carvings and monuments all around Hampi are worth taking photos of. This is where a good DLSR comes in handy as it highlights the detailing of the carvings.
5. Secretariat Building, New Delhi
At night when the entire area is lit up with bright lights, the Secretariat Building looks ethereal.
6. Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
This is where a camera with good shutter speed comes in handy. This old Masjid looks magnificent early in the morning. Together with the crowds and the circling birds, this place makes for a great photograph.
7. Alleppey, Kerala
Pick a time when the sky is clear as it reflects the calmness of the water. The reflection of the palm trees and the houseboats gives the place a surreal feel.
8. Shaheed Minar, Kolkata
Sundown is the perfect time to capture this beautiful Minar in Kolkata. The blackness of the silhouette contrasts perfectly with the various shades created by the setting sun.
9. Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata
The most important thing about taking a photograph here is picking the right angle. Clicking from a distance accentuates the grandeur of the bridge, complimented by the various hues in the sky and the reflections in the water.
10. Golden Temple, Amritsar
It is a unique experience to visit the Golden Temple by day as that's when all the devotees flock in for prayer. But as a photographer, stick around until nightfall to capture the yellow lights blending in with the golden architecture against the reflection in the water.
11. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
This place will make you feel like you're in a calendar. Such is the variety in the colours and hues of the flowers that just a slight change in angle will make you feel like you're in a completely different frame.
12. Thikse Monastery, Ladakh
With cloudy skies in the background, you should angle the camera upwards so that the monastery can be captured in all its regalia.
13. Amer Fort, Jaipur
Approach the fort, stand at the entrance, and look up. Have you ever seen something so beautiful and majestic as this? If photographed with a clear sky in the backdrop, the various colours and designs of the fort will come alive.
14. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai
Sunset is the best time to click a photo at this world-famous Dargah. With the sky the same shade of orange as the sky, the ancient building can be clicked in all its grandeur.
15. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
There is no specific time in the day to take a photo. It all depends on the colour of the sky and the angle from where you take it. Clicking from a distance while making use of the zoom feature will add to the effect.
16. Fort Kochi Beach, Kerala
The sunset is the perfect time to capture these stunning Chinese nets in Fort Kochi. With the sun being swallowed by the sea in the background, the place looks like a picture postcard.
17. Belum Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Very little sunlight makes it into the caves so the onus is on the DSLR to capture the carvings and contours of the place as clearly as possible.
18. Jamali Kamali Tomb, New Delhi
If you pick a great spot and take photographs with the sun behind the varous strucutres, you can play a game of shadows at this ancient tomb in the national capital.
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