Have you watched a live game?
Unless you are a reporter, you cannot take your camera to watch a cricket match. I had no clue because I have never watched a live game in the stadium. So when folks from OPPO Mobile asked me if I wanted to watch a match in the stadium and shoot it with a mobile camera, I was thrilled and ecstatic. There was nothing to mull over, so I jumped at the idea immediately!
I quickly looked up the phone and realised the USP of the phone is its camera, especially the front camera. Supposed to be a selfie expert! Off late I have fallen in love with the idea of taking pictures on my phone.
Ideally, I should have picked up the phone a day in advance to figure the nuances and way around to be able to use it to its full potential. But sadly I couldn’t! I collected it minutes before the match began and I think this bravery deserves a mention because I am a bit of a klutz (initially at least) with gadgets. I almost always have an ah-ha moment with the simplest of features!
Also, did you know phone chargers are not allowed inside the stadium? We covered it in dust and leaves on the fence of the stadium and picked it up once the match was over!
Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of the game, but watching a live game in the stadium has altered my relationship with cricket. I got to sample some serious excitement. There isn’t a dull moment for the crowds are always hysterical. Fangirls are walking around with banners asking cricketers to marry them, fans doused in body paint, in costumes, the angry fan, the passionate fan and the rabid fan. Also, the gods above nurse an attention hangover the next day. Everyone, religious or not is seen praying!
But the excitement is almost palpable and I loved every bit of it!
Amongst all this I almost forgot about my photo challenge. But I must say the OPPO phone lived up to it. My only issue is with the slow motion video quality with the phone. Otherwise, I have nothing to complain.
Also, like I mentioned earlier, I am falling in love with the idea of using a phone as a primary camera? You have on you at all times; they are not big nor bulky and the number of apps you have these days to post process (studio and after light are my favorites) I go for days without using my Canon DSLR or my Fujifilm Xs100.