16 December, 2015

Back to Heaven

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

Minimalist Photo of a Staircase at a cafe in Bani Park, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I am doing this post after a long time. I had been busy all this while promoting Minimalist Photography via my Instagram Page LearnMinimalism. I have been working very hard over it for the last few months and now the base work has been completed. Therefore, I have some spare time again to do blog posts. Well, Last week I was out for a photo-walk and I wanted to do a post then but I happen to jam my camera's shutter and had submitted my camera to the service center for repairs. Its only today that I got my camera back with the shutter replaced by a new one. Thankfully I had a few days of warranty left or else I would have had to pay roughly about $100. On my way back from the service center I stopped at a local coffee shop for some test shots. This is one among-st them. The cafe is really beautiful. Its a garden cafe with gravel laid down on the floor, green plants everywhere and some fascinating colors and architecture. Loved their sense of aesthetics. This staircase I spotted at the back of the cafe and what was striking was the two little yellow arcs on the right. In fact there were three of them but I took two for my composition. I titled this "Back to Heaven" as I got that feel the moment I looked at it. Of course, whether I go to Heaven or Hell depends on my Karma but I am so far happy and confident of it, hence the assumption. 

There were many different ways this could be shot but I choose an aperture of about F/8 and focused right on the center pillar of the staircase rail. I wanted the pillar and it edges sharp and the two arcs on the right properly exposed and in focus. I was standing a little to the right of the staircase I was OK to have the steps fall in focus on their own with that aperture setting. I had my 50mm 1.4 pricey prime lens on. I could have also shot this at F/11 is what I realized later. Anyways do let me know your feedback about the shot. Have a nice day.


  1. Very nice. Thank you for sharing your photo's and words.

  2. I am surprised you did not mention the white rectangle of light to the left of the smaller arch that is such a wonderful element in your composition. I agree that the stairs do take care of themselves in your shot. I can relate, as a sound editor, to these kinds of focus decisions. I always enjoy your writing and work. Congrats on getting things going on Instagram. I have not yet taken that plunge!

    1. Hello Dan, Thank you.
      Yes I agree I forgot to mention the white rectangle and that might be because I am so used to shooting light and shadow that at times I forget to mention the intricacies. I will be frank here, the white rectangle was of course a plus but my main focus was on the juxtaposition of the arcs against the stairs(or lines) on the left. That was the highlight of the shot.