Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Festivals | Holi | The Colours of Holi

Decided not to play Holi this year and just shoot pictures. It would have been impossible to click pictures from close range without getting the camera wet! so decided to shoot from the terrace instead - 7th floor. This had a limitation as in i couldn't move around much to get different angles - still i preferred it over the other option. Good thing was that the celebrations were planned right next to our building - so had a clear view.

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 500, 85mm, f/2.0, 1/320 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
The above picture was taken the previous evening - holika dahan preparations - liked the way all of them are looking at the set-up, even the small kid! Clicking from the terrace gave a different perspective - than usual.

And then holika burnt...
Canon EOS 7D, ISO 4000, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
 I would have preferred something around 200mm (not sure when would i be able to gather funds for the 70-200 mm) but the next lens i have is 400mm. This gave quite a close up and since the max aperture was only 5.6, (and i was clicking handheld so wanted to keep the shutter speed fast enough to reduce blur) I had to bump up the ISO.
Canon EOS 7D, ISO 800, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
This one is one of my favorites - After a few hours of holi the ground was full of colored water and the kids were enjoying big time, running around with their water-guns chasing each other. Again because of the location i couldn't move around to capture their face still shows a fair amount of energy - reminds me of my childhood holi days.


Canon EOS 7D, ISO 800, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
Folks from 5th floor were throwing water and the girls enjoying in their colorful dresses and faces (can't see actually but look at their palms and you'd get an idea!).
Canon EOS 7D, ISO 800, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 800, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
Some more pics showing the enjoyment - girls chatting and dancing around in the pool of almost red water.

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 400, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, Manual Exposure, Evaluative Metering
Note - All pictures have been shot in RAW, imported and some adjustments (contrast, vibrance etc.) carried out the file and then converted to jpeg.

- Usually the energy level is quite high - so would usually need higher shutter speed to keep the pictures sharp. 1/400s should be sufficient though i used a bit faster and increased the ISO as my camera handles ISO pretty well.
- Go near the crowd at your own risk - would be very difficult to save your camera & lens from getting wet - look for vantage point(s) and keep lenses of varied focal lengths. An alternative is to put color on yourself completely - leave no scope for anybody to put more and shoot happily among the crowd! Am sure one would get much better pictures than shown above.

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