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Delhi is a treasure-trove for photography enthusiasts. Everywhere you turn, you can find an exciting story, an interesting person, or a beautiful sight. And while you could find a potential photo opportunity in any corner, there are some places across the city that are photographer-approved for getting the best shots, no matter what kind of photography you might be into.
If you're looking for inspiration to click the next picture that breaks the internet, you don't have to look far. We teamed up with Panasonic Lumix and blogger-photographer Saurabh Sabikhi to bring you a list of the 10 best photo-spots in the city.
Jama Masjid has to be at the top of any photographer's list. With its beautiful architecture, serene but chaotic atmosphere, and queue after queue of people, it has interesting photo-ops around every corner. Sabikhi took this shot of pigeons flying early in the morning when the mosque is less crowded than usual. And to achieve this feat, he used the new Panasonic Lumix G85 camera. As you can probably tell from the image, it is impeccably sharp and this is made possible because of the camera's 16-Megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, which captures more detail and produces sharper images without the need of a low pass filter.
From Jama Masjid we head to Agrasen Ki Baoli. One of the few monuments of its kind in Delhi, the now out-of-use step well has served as a shoot location for several videos and films centred around Delhi. It is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, and on most days it serves as a hangout spot for youngsters and young couples. But if you go early enough in the morning, you'll be able to get great uninterrupted shots with the occasional flutter of pigeons. The structured construction and use of red sandstone make for particularly interesting photographs.
Safdarjung Tomb doesn't feature on the list of Delhi's must-visit places as often as the more popular Humayun's Tomb, but this marble and sandstone garden tomb offers great insight into the world of Mughal architecture. The monument is very interesting to shoot during sunlight and sunset hours when the shadows are softer and create interesting textures because of the shape of the monument. Whether you're looking for landscape shots or more specific fashion shoot locations, this place will not disappoint.
If you like spooky stories and ancient ruins, Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal is the place to be. Featured on several lists on the 'most haunted places in India', this place has many legends attached to it. And all of them end with spine-chilling advice about staying away from the place post sunset. In fact, cops try to prevent people from entering even during the day.
Sabikhi's picture beautifully brings out several elements the place represents – darkness, the ancient architecture and an eerie vibe. Even if you visit the place during daylight, the monument is usually enveloped under a canopy of trees making the lighting conditions less than ideal from a photographer's perspective. However, if you look at Sabikhi's picture, you can see that it has retained a lot of detail without having chrome aberrations in areas where the light is in contrast (like the trees against the sky). The sensor in the Panasonic Lumix G85 doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter which allows it to retain details at higher ISO sensitivities, making it a very good choice for low-light photography.
When you visit the Ghazipur Flower Mandi, on the face of it you might feel like you're just in a jumbled mess of shabby stalls and grimy by-lanes. But as you continue exploring, you will be taken in by the sights, sounds, and smells of India's largest flower market. Needless to say, this place is a goldmine for photographers. Whether you want a backdrop for a portrait photoshoot or you want to get a glimpse of life in one Delhi's busiest business hubs, you've got it all here.
The picture taken by Sabikhi not only captures the essence of the flower market beautifully, but also displays Panasonic Lumix G85's depth and autofocus quality, which allows you to switch focus quickly and efficiently while retaining the depth of field.
While talking to several photographers I realised that not a lot of people know about the Lodhi Art District and its potential for truly eye-catching photos. Under a project undertaken in 2016 by St+Art India Foundation, the walls in the Lodhi Colony Area of Delhi were transformed into India's first open public art district.
Now, the funky graffiti and murals make for interesting photo backdrops while serving as an inspiration for artists from across the country. But to capture the riot of colours presented in these artworks perfectly, you not only need a good eye but also a good camera that captures true colours. The Panasonic Lumix G85 does that beautifully while preserving details at default settings. So even if you're an amateur, you have a good chance of clicking stunning photographs without having to alter camera settings too much.
Shanti Stupas across the country are a great example of Buddhist architecture. The one in Delhi is located in Indraprastha Park and stands as a symbol of peace and non-violence. Its white marbled architecture along with the surrounding Japanese Garden can give you some of the most stunning photo ops in Delhi.
However, one issue that a lot of photographers run into while clicking this monument is the problem of warm or cool colour casts, depending on the weather. While you can adjust camera settings to get the best white balance, it is often a technical process that requires some knowledge of the device. The Panasonic Lumix G85 solves that problem with its great automatic white balance that delivers some of the best results I've seen – even in cloudy weather, low light and multiple light sources.
The ruins of this 14th century fortress built by the Tughlaq ruler Feroz Shah Tughlaq now serve as a place where thousands come to offer prayers and ask for their wishes to be fulfilled. Every Thursday it is believed that Djinns descend down from heaven to accept requests and wishes from people. You can see a lot of wishes penned down on paper and stuffed into crevices in the wall.
The fortress is a great place to take artistic pictures as well as get portraits of people from various faiths praying together. The most interesting parts are dark alleys inside the fortress where people light up candles where they believe Djinns are found.
Humayun's Tomb needs no introduction. It has been serving as a backdrop for fashion photoshoots, artistic portraits, and great landscape photography for decades and continues to be one of the top spots for getting a picture clicked. The stunning architecture along with a lush landscape provides great opportunities for photographers.
One great tip is to use natural sunlight to create beautiful effects and get real creative!
Located inside the premises of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on Janpath. Mati Ghar is a cultural museum that showcases artistic talents from across the country. It is popular for housing art installations and exhibitions. Although not looked at as a traditional photography destination, it offers some extremely unique sights given its unusual architecture and art installations juxtaposed with natural surroundings. It is definitely an interesting space to add to your 'must-visit' list of places in Delhi.
You can put the Panasonic Lumix G85 to great use here. With its great attention to detail, sharp image quality, great low-light performance, automatic white balance and true-colour quality, it is a great camera to use on the go in different conditions and settings.