Diwali 2020

Before writing anything about Diwali this year adding what I have missed in my last blog, I missed mentioning what I want to add to my photography kit, I need a good stable tripod, though I have 2 already, when stretched to full they shiver in windy conditions, need a heavy one. Also planning to buy a full-frame camera, hopefully, will be able to buy one coming few months. Those just started travel, documentary or landscape photography, a suggestion – do not buy remote, flash or filters, they are a total waste of money, rather Invest in a good lens first.

As mentioned in the last blog posting photos of Diwali this year. Kids were at home this Diwali, and no fireworks this year. Took a few photos of them after pooja, posting here –

Ishu in traditional wear

Ishu in traditional wear

Aashi in Pooj room

Aashi in Pooja room

Aashi close up

Aashi close up

We are Colored! (Holi 2019)

This should be celebrated as no-discrimination day internationally as this is the only day of the year when we know person in-front as a fellow human being and do not ask of his/her race, religion, cast or any other crap. Sometimes I wonder how much ahead of time our forefathers have thought before starting this festival and the way it is celebrated AMAZING!!!

Well on shooting Holi, this was my first time in the middle of the crowd and chaos all around me. Loud music, rain dance, colored powder, colored water, wet and colored people grabbing each other to color, hugs, smile, shout, laugh, spring breeze, you just name adversity and imagine me in the middle of that carrying a costly DSLR which is highly sensitive to powder and water. Luckily people were considerate and noticed the camera in my hand… phew!

Post processing was the most adventurous bit as my personal computer with Adobe Lightroom went kaput before downloading raw (CR2 in Canon) files, being a Linux expert I took up the challenge of post-processing photos on Linux (I use another Laptop for work with Ubuntu). Got a great tool for Linux – Darktable which has all most all features of Lightroom but being naive to this tool, I am not yet very satisfied with the outcome.

I think I should log more on my thoughts on discrimination bit – Proving ourselves superior to others is human nature, so until two people are different there will be discrimination. At the same time there is no possibility that any two people will be the same, not even monozygotic (identical) twins as they get different experience and influences in their own lives, this is how nature works and wants us to be different. Educating people on how they treat others is the only way to suppress (if not eradicate) the feeling of being superior.

Well enough! … take a look of few photos I have shortlisted and post-processed in Darktable on Ubuntu –

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Diwali 2017

Tried taking photos of kids in this Diwali, few tips for those who wants to try this 😀
Tips:
  • Organizing them is impossible, forget about it
  • They are quick and can burn all fireworks in minutes, you can not prevent or control it, you can only be ready to capture the right moment
  • They will not listen because to noise around and their excitement
  • Lighting changes drastically before lighting firework and after light up, better set your camera for one type of lighting, preferably after
  • Choose lens with big aperture, smaller aperture will need higher ISO and results will not be good. (I was using F-1.8)
  • You will need to hop from one place to another for right background and foreground
  • After all consideration taken, your result will not be more than 10%, I took 30 photos and satisfactory were just 3, posting below –
Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017