With a DSLR in Johnson market

by Ananth Monnappa May. 19, 2017 3238 views

One of my earliest photographic works through a DSLR was done by borrowing my friend’s Canon 6D. I had no experience or knowledge on how to use a DSLR. So naturally I used to shoot in auto mode with manual focus.

By this time mobile photography had given me a sense of framing and composition, but cameras on mobiles were limited to certain types of shots and its photos also needed much editing to be done. Besides capturing a frame I was concerned with the clarity and other advanced settings that a mobile camera lacked.

Johnson market which was on the way home from college was the first place I experimented with a DSLR. Johnson market is a shopping complex in Richmond town consisting of grocery shops, meat shops, bakeries, cyber, flower shop, hotels and eateries. The place breathes out the bygone era of old Bengaluru with its old buildings and structure styles, being established in 1929.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Main complex junction inside the market

Majority of the workers are involved in meat business and are super friendly when engaged in a conversation. General photography is very strange for them as they have been largely exposed to portraits-studio photographers, one of the reasons they were very curious about us. 

one of the butchers. Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

A worker with his tool.

Me and my friend had to take permission to shoot there, the place has an association of shopkeepers who cooperated with us for the shoot.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

One is a window to another.

When you carry a DSLR or any other camera, you get a lot of attention. I was not ready for this as when I was a mobile photographer I was almost invisible. Inevitably I moved past the shyness but it was not easy.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Break in between.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Hot samosas and lime tea. Done.


The gear I was on was Canon 6D with a 17-40mm, which was excellent in low light. All in all it was a walk-around of one hour along with eateries and amazing visual experience.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

People, and everything between them through their faces.

Shot on Canon 6D with 17-40mm. Richmond town, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

His eyes tear, our mouth waters.

So that was another journey of mine through my initial pursuit of visuals, humble beginnings actually. Thank you for your time. Keep visiting for more such experiences and photos. 

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Jisa Mathew 3 years, 11 months ago

The rustic beauty of Johnson market has been captured well.Good job Ananth

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Ananth Monnappa Replied to Jisa Mathew 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you jisa blush

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