Holi One

Posted: February 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gear, Inspirations, Portrait, Projects | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Holi One by KRULA PHOTOGRAPHY    Sometimes you look for opportunities and sometimes they just cross your path when you least expect. For me it was the Holi One festival. I’d never heard about this festival before,  inspired by Indian celebration. To be honest it was first time it  took place in London. It is a music festival and every hour they countdown and then everybody throws coloured powders in the air.  When I’d seen the trailer I was mesmerised and excited by the explosions of the colours.

I thought to myself that it would be a great idea to go and shoot there. I knew straight away that for sure I wouldn’t be the only photographer to try to shoot this festival, so I had to prepare a plan: how to take a professional camera to a place like this.  I looked and looked at trailer and tried to see what dangers I could expect to be there. The main one is dust – one of the biggest enemies of every camera. 

I chose a Canon 5d mark III (because of colour reproduction) to be my partner in crime and the lens was zoom Canon lens 24-105 L 4.0. The problem was to keep it as dust proof as possible. The camera itself is weather proof so that wouldn’t be a problem, but the real problem was the zoom lens. Dust inside the lens? Oooh it hurts.

I’ve chosen this lens because it is great overall lens that covers wide focal lengths and it  would allow me to zoom instantly from wide shots of explosions above the crowd level and zoom in to separate portraits if needed. I thought about the simplest solutions possible; cling film and little bit of mighty duct tape. Just wrap the whole camera in it as much as I could and cut out some holes to control dials. and obviously front lens uncovered. 

KRULA PHOTOGRAPHY - Holi One FestivalDid it work?

Well yes it was great, as it protected camera from most of the dust, well most of it :)

When I got home I unwrapped it and two hours later after two full cans of air the camera is like new.

Would I do it again?

Yes, yes, yes, yes :) just for fun, colours and obviously pictures. 

I fully recommend this festival even if you are not big fan of this type of music. You can be sure that it will be a great, fun day out and you can even take few great pictures along the way.

Things to remember:

- find out if you can take pictures as some of these types of events do not allow professional equipment or flash photography

- cover your equipment from dust or mud with cling film, or special photographic rain cover bags. Your camera is your precious, don’t let it be destroyed, as most of insurances do not cover this type of damage. They say that you put your equipment in a dangerous situation willingly,

   - wrap the camera strap around your wrist as someone may knock it off your hands,

- don’t worry too much and have some fun as people will feel your vibe and will have fun with you

- cover your mouth, the dust gets everywhere

- and eyes remember they’re kind of important while taking pictures :)

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