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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Divali 2011 in Triolet

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Yes, this year I went for a stroll in my village. :)

 

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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.

 

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After I had finished with the lights, I tested my macro mode on them...

 

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Meanwhile, the sweets were being prepared… The usual ones – gato patate, tekwa, gulab jamun, gato zanberique & khaja.

 

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Besan ke laddoo, mumphali (peanut) barfi, dal ka halwa & barfi.

 

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The most important part of the festival still remains the lighting of the lamps.

 

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Not to forget my favourite part - EXPLOSIONS!

 

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Light trails!

 

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So, that was my Divali. You can check out last year’s much sweeter post here.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Keeping my hands very steady as the Night Landscape mode I was using held the exposure time at around 1/2s.

 

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& 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…

 

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So that wasn’t too bad for a compact camera. Mind you, it was only 1 mile of Triolet. :)

 

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4 comments

Yashvin Awootar

whahaha. Your sense of humour is improving very very rapidly :P

"The 5/1 rule. To get 1 decent photo, I had to shoot 5 photos."

Caki

Amazing pictures !!! I love the one with the lego man. 

Siganus Sutor

"The next day, as I was returning late from university, I decided to try out some night-time photography."
 
Since you are not afraid of climbing mountains anymore, one day you should try to walk up Montagne des Signaux. You should start between 18h15 and 18h30 at this time of the year, so that you will be near the top around 18h45-19h00, in time to see twilight fall over Port-Louis. After half an hour it should be reasonably dark to have the full effect of the city lights below. You should bring a tripod with you, and maybe a camera with a long focal length for some close-ups. I suspect you would enjoy it very much.
 
Since you would have to walk down in the dark, with many, many vampires and werewolves lurking around, I suggest that you take a guide with you. Er? What? Okay, yes, I may volunteer... (RV lor parking.)

carrotmadman6

That will be one of the first things I'll do once I have a better camera with manual controls. :)

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