Worli fishing village. Koli fisherman sorting out his line. The rope and stone system is designed to retrieve boats anchored just off shore. My solo trips to Koliwada in Worli have been orchestrated to take advantage of the morning light. Many of these outings have focused on Worli Fort to catch the oftentimes dramatic sunrises. On this particular trip, I skipped the fort and headed straight down to the end of the peninsula where the Koli fishermen always seem to be in various stages of fishing, either heading out to sea or coming ashore. I usually only saying hello or good morning to them if I'm working close by but I do little else to converse because they're always busy with some task at hand. I hope to connect with a few of these individuals in the future to learn more about their personal lives. A little background for Mumbaikars, Worli fishing village is that little strip of land that you can see from the south end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge. I've always wondered about the place whenever passing over the bridge. It's only over the past couple years or so that I've began exploring the locale on foot extensively. I've typically included it in my street photography workshops at the end of itineraries because it's always such a nice peaceful place to walk through once you get into the smaller lanes of the complex. It's definitely worth a visit.
The new Sony full frame mirrorless models have something called Super 35 mode which essentially switches your lens to APS-C, magnifying your range by a 1.5 crop factor. I was very skeptical about this feature because with that crop comes a huge hit to image resolution, basically a reduction by more than 50 percent. I decided to test the feature out on my 85mm (which would make it a 127.5mm prime) in an appropriate scene - fishermen in the distance. The resulting image surprised me. Along with the reach came some pretty decent processing by my Sony A7M3 sensor. But I wasn't content to leave the file size reduced. Apart from my usual editing, I up-sampled the image to the usual file size (6000x4000) and converted the RAW file to a lossless PNG file instead of JPEG. I think the end result held together pretty well considering the lighting challenges of a typical Mumbai sunrise at this location. You can do the pixel peeking on my Flickr profile
A Koli fisherman making several attempts to connect with boat in order to bring it to the dock. If you look closely, you can see the water splashes behind him from the rope.
As a photographer it is possible to be a complete idiot at times. What happens is we may realize it when we refuse to take shots we're capable of taking solely on the basis of the subject being off-genre, i.e. not the crap we usually shoot. Maybe this isn't really an issue for but a few photographers, but I know I'm guilty. I know I'm guilty of this when I set out to photograph another day of people and their lives and I'm stopped in my tracks by an absolutely stunning sunrise at Worli Fort, for instance (this image). Then a dark thought creeps in. "Well, how many more sunrises do you expect to see in your lifetime, let alone photograph, buddy?" And then - "Don't be such an idiot. Take the shot." And I take the shot. There's nothing wrong with taking a pretty picture, I tell myself. Life's too short to be limited by such petty restrictions.
Koli fishermen just after sunrise with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in the distance.
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