Yes, this year I went for a stroll in my village. :)
But before that, on D-Day, I was given the task to install the electric lights. Of course, that meant spending most of my time fiddling with my model, trying to bring out the best bokeh my camera could achieve. The result of the 40th try is the photo above.
After I had finished with the lights, I tested my macro mode on them...
Meanwhile, the sweets were being prepared… The usual ones – gato patate, tekwa, gulab jamun, gato zanberique & khaja.
Besan ke laddoo, mumphali (peanut) barfi, dal ka halwa & barfi.
The most important part of the festival still remains the lighting of the lamps.
Not to forget my favourite part - EXPLOSIONS!
So, that was my Divali. You can check out last year’s much sweeter post here.
The next day, as I was returning late from university, I decided to try out some night-time photography. Specifically, the photos of the illuminated buildings in Triolet. Throughout the entire length of the village, you’ll find hundreds of beautifully decorated houses. Even if my gear wasn’t up to scratch (absolutely no manual controls, tripod too small), I gave it a try.
The first results were disappointing. I was pretty angry that I came all this way only to find that my camera couldn’t take a single decent pic. I wouldn’t give up though and after several tries, I had figured out how to get best shot - the 5/1 rule. To get 1 decent photo, I had to shoot 5 photos.
Keeping my hands very steady as the Night Landscape mode I was using held the exposure time at around 1/2s.
& I also had to avoid the traffic to get a clear photo. Despite all these difficulties, I managed to get some very good shots. Here are some of them…
So that wasn’t too bad for a compact camera. Mind you, it was only 1 mile of Triolet. :)
- L’Express.mu – Gallery: Maisons et rues ornées de lumières à l’occasion de Divali.
- Denis Lacour - Happy Divali in Triolet
Happy Divali at Triollet Mauritius 2010
Happy Divali at Triollet Mauritius 2010, Part 2
Happy Divali Diwali at Triollet Mauritius 2010, Part 3
- Martian Spoken Here – Le Divali / la Divali / Divali
- Last year’s post - Divali 2010