What’s In Your Backyard?

copyright Shivani Shah

When I first got my hands on a DSLR, I promptly went out into our terrace garden to take photos. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to take photos of plants, but more that I wanted to learn how to use my new camera. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO were just words to me – theory that I had read so much about online. It was time to put them in practice. The photo above is my favourite from that first day. There are so many things that I would do differently if I had to take the same photo today, but I like the colours and the little spade leaning against the wall. It reminds me that you can take a decent picture even in boring surroundings if you just pay attention to them and use a little imagination.

copyright Shivani Shah

Like on a weekend trip to Alibaug when my friends and I rented a house for the night and literally did not leave the garden except to eat. I, of course, wandered around with my camera in hand and took photos of every single flower and chair and anything else that caught my eye. This little guy stood perfectly still for me while I took the photo.

copyright Shivani Shah

I didn’t realise I was sitting below the bell and rung it with my head when I stood up. True story.

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