Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Diwali 2005

Diwali is the festival of lights. When the residents of an ecstatic Ayodhya lit lamps outside their homes so that Lord Rama, Sita, and Laxmana would be welcomed by a lighted path to their kingdom.
It is also the time when we light up our houses to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, into our homes.

Diwali 2005 photos - this is an Anar (I don't quite remember what is called in English, nor do I particularly care). I kind of liked this photo. There is the shot of the 'anar' going off, but you can also make out the silhoutte of a girl in the foreground, and that's what I think made me keep this image.

Two 'anars' going off, at different stages of burning. Here the metering is set to 'spot', and the exposure has been dialled down by 2/3 f-stops. If you actually follow the camera's exposure recommendations, all you will get is a big blob of light. And don't even think of using the flash in these situations. And yes, if you don't have a tripod, or a 3200 speed film, then also don't bother getting your camera down :-)

Nothing special about this photo, except for the fact that the sparker is red, and so is the halo therefore.

In this case the metering was matrix mode (not spot), but the exposure was dialled down by two f-stops. The result was pretty much the same as the previous photo.

One of the tricks of getting good shots when shooting sparklers is to under-expose. In this case I set the metering mode to spot and that did the trick.

© 2005, Abhinav Agarwal. All rights reserved. Reposted to this blog, 2011