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When Birds Photobombed My Picture!

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I know you are curious after reading the title, but once you are done reading the complete article, you too might feel that the title is apt. I am a photographer and while I was learning photography professionally, it taught me a very important thing that is a must to become an ace photographer, and that is the art of ‘observation’. While going on field trips to experiment what we were taught in class, our professor used to tell us to observe first and click later. So one thing that I have gotten used to after learning photography more deeply is, that while I am travelling, whether for work or anything else, my eyes are always observing to see things that will make a perfect picture. The moment I see something interesting, my mind instantly starts composing the picture in my head and quickly makes me pull out my phone to take a shot. And I never thought about getting photobombed!

Now coming back to the title of the post, let me tell you why I have named it “When birds photobombed my picture.” My work makes me travel to different ends of the city every day, and being a photographer I am always on the lookout to get some pictures while I am travelling. I’m a sucker for beautiful skylines and being an observer, there have been countless times when on seeing something, I’ve stopped for 2 minutes, composed a picture in my head, taken the shot and headed for the job that I was supposed to do in that part of the city. So while walking, travelling by train or sitting on the back seat of a bike, here are a few photographs that I’ve taken in different parts of Mumbai.

When birds photobombed my picture

Taken while on the way to Powai

I am very keen on clicking sunsets and the clouds, because I feel they add drama and the color combinations that one captures, will only be unique to a single picture, as no moment of nature repeats in the exact same manner. So while I was framing these shots, my idea was to have the clouds and the sun in the frame, but the bird was never a part of the plan.

When birds photobombed my picture

Taken at the Mahim Beach

However, since I was in a moving vehicle, I was taking burst shots so that in case if any of the pictures get blurred due to the movement of the vehicle, I would have enough pictures as back up. Once I was home, I realized that when I was taking burst shots, some of the photographs had a bird in it, just because it passed by while I was taking the picture.

When birds photobombed my picture

Taken at Bandra Reclamation

Technically they photobombed my picture because they were not there when I was composing the picture in my head, and so I was not expecting them to be in my photograph.

When birds photobombed my picture

Taken at Vashi

The photographs you see here are spontaneous clicks and on a very honest note, I have captured some of the best pictures spontaneously rather than planning them, that too with my phone camera. The skill of observation got ingrained in me while learning the art of photography and is something that will always keep me going.

When birds photobombed my picture

Taken at CST

The definition of photobombed on Google is to “spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken”, but I don’t think the birds spoilt the picture. I feel they added the much-needed effect in the picture that was required to make the picture look complete. After seeing the burst shots I had taken, the picture with the bird in it looked better than the picture without the bird. As the birds in my photograph added much more value and emotion to the pictures, the photobombed pictures for me has a completely different meaning. Life, as you know, is a matter of perspectives!


Twinkle Dalal

Twinkle Dalal, Guest blogger at Livingit

A photographer by profession and a story teller by heart, she doesn’t restrict her photography to a particular genre. Life is about little moments and she believes in capturing those moments wherever she goes. Currently working as a Fashion, Wedding and Travel Photographer, her pictures speak about the emotions, experiences, and escapades of her life.
You can follow her at http://casualabstractions.