Prior to my long overdue visit to Mumbai I did quite a bit of research on locations for photography in the city, and discovered that just a stones throw from my hotel a couple of the colonial buildings are lit up at night. So off I set one evening armed with my tripod to check them out…
In a bid to boost the city’s tourism, the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station is now lit up with over 16 million colourful lights at night. In September 2009 a Pune based architect, Kiran Kalamdani, was appointed to undertake the project by Maharastra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
It’s a hugely impressive sight, if you have a tripod then you can have all sorts of fun and games trying to capture this. The station is lit using 25 different themes which change during every festive occasion, so for International Women’s Day it was bathed in pure pink.
Just across the road, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai building it also lit up at night. When I arrived it was pure purple, but by the time I had set up the camera and composed the shot, it has changed to white. For the next hour it didn’t change colour again, so I don’t know how often that occurs.
These buildings are surrounded by busy roads, but fortunately there is a viewing platform that has been constructed in front of the Municipal Corporation building. You’ll need quite a wide angle lens here to fit that building into your shot.
If you’re staying or find yourself in the Fort district of Mumbai on any evening it’s well worth heading for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station to see this for yourself.
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