Archive for the ‘(A) Holi – Festival of Colors’ Category

VISUAL RECAP

Many of you know I’m very active on GooglePlus (my profile)

I’ve added these pictures on my business profile as well so you can comment on them individually.

QUICK SELECT

I very quickly perused the thumbnails of 4000+ pictures and picked out about 50 pictures I thought would be nice to show off from the event, just to wet the curiosity of those wanting to see pictures of the event.

I organized a 3 day photowalk for many of the GooglePlus photographers and we went to this event for 2 days. I’ll write more about that event as well as post lots more pictures from the event.

For now… Enjoy the pictures: (See them here as well)

In the comments let me know which one I should talk more about and I’ll put it up on GooglePlus and Facebook

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(Above) The organizer

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Before I explain what my plans are for this year, Let’s recap.

The first year I went to the Festival of colors I just went to take pictures at a cool event. I didn’t have any plans… just shoot. I was lucky to get some of what are still my favorite pictures.

Since then my blog posts on the event and in particular what I do as a photographer to keep my gear safe are very popular. (Note: I will not convince you it’s safe because I stopped caring if more photographers come or not, haha)

Last year I went to document. I was there to document every aspect of the festival from morning when no one was there… until well after sunset when everyone had left except some of the staff.

you can see all the pictures from previous years here

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Last year I also wanted people to go and get pictures of themselves from the event. Just give back kinda thing.

While I had fun last year it was exhausting organizing about 10 photographers and going through all those images. But it was awesome having a home base like we had with the trailer.

Last year I introduced the Jarvie Window to the festival… or did I introduce the festival to the Jarvie Window? haha

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THIS YEAR

I want to take memorable images. Something different… something more than just the documenting.

For sure I’ll take part in taking pictures in many if not all the count down throwings they will do every 2 hours.

But I also want to do pictures in a more controlled environment.

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I played at it a little last year when a couple people dressed up for pictures.

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THIS YEAR

I want to turn them into more planned approaches with people there throwing the right colors at the right time from the best angles and Avoiding my lighting equipment which I’ll have to make even better images.

YOUR INPUT

This is part of my IDEAS WEEK (on my facebook page)

I want people to be the creative director of some of these shoots… not just ideas person. Help organize with me an idea from start to completion.

While ideas are great… it’s people willing to go the extra step to help make it happen.

BRAINSTORM

Individuals, groups, couples, Weddings, brides, High Fashion, event, marketing, random things, planned/staged events etc etc…

Raid your old wardrobe for that awesome outfit that can be worth the exchange for some great pictures (maybe it’s one that you just don’t wear anymore)

Raid a local thrift store for the best outfits.

Come in costume.

But make it more than … this will look cool.

Because I only have so much time that day and the best ideas with people willing to put in effort will get that time.

Companies you should think how we could make this work for you. It doesn’t have to be on the day of. We can do commercial shoots using the colors… anywhere. It promotes you, it promotes me and it promotes the festival.

MY IDEAS

While I’ve got a couple of fun ideas already planned and in motion, I have a few others I’ll gladly put to the wayside if others come up with better stuff.

GAUNTLET… thrown down

so you models, aspiring models, creative directors, past, present and future brides who love wearing pretty dresses, you crazy wild fun people, and all you CREATIVE individuals… let’s see what you can come up with.

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1. Photo By: Summer Cottam

50 pictures of the largest Festival of Colors (Holi) in the United States.

It takes place in a small farming community in Utah! At the Krishna Temple.
20,000+ people come to the event often parking miles away.
Pictures were taken by a group of 12 photographers organized by JarvieU

They had 2 countdowns (color explosions) this year.

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2. Photo By: Julien Gomez

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3. Photo By: Scott Jarvie

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4. Photo by: Scott Morris

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5. Photo by: Tabitha Davidson

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The Color

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The Scene

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These are just my pictures… see what happens when you combine the work of 12 great photographers in a day long event?
By going to the following links.

The Moment

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The Window

The Powder

The Temple

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The Festival of Colors is about Colors… so I figured I’d do a post focusing on the Colors at this year’s Holi festival in Utah.

(Above) The big launch of the colors at 4:50pm

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(Above) The launch of the colors the first time around.

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I Didin’t get any colors on me until about 9hr into the day when this batch of yellow hit me.
Choosing your spot for the color explosion is very important. I picked a bland spot… but I made it work and focused on the crowd experience and colors.

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March 27th the colorful day arrives.

When: Saturday March 27, 2010 at 12-7pm
Where: Krishna Temple, 8628 S Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah
What: COLORS – There will be 50,000 bags of Colors for sell.

They will do the event TWICE this year 12pm and 4pm
The initial start of the throwing will happen about 1 hour into each event so about 1pm and 5pm

What happens? Throwing of colors, dancing, chanting, body surfing, indian cuisine, people watching etc…

FB Event with about 9,000 people going and another 4k maybe going + Another FB Event

FB Event for the PHOTOGRAPHERS going to the event – to discuss stuff

Photography

I will be there from before sunrise until after sunset. I will have about 12 other photographers there helping out. (See bottom or contact me for details)
Anyone is invited to come and take pictures, they love having you there and seeing your pictures.

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Photography safety

Last year I wrote a post that dealt more with the philosophy of being smart with your camera. It still applies.

This year while I would go without any protection to the camera… I will also be buying underwater bag so I can get a little more crazy and closer.

Key Suggestions:

Stay away from people that are throwing if you don’t want to be thrown on.
Consider a long telephoto lens to shoot from far.
Consider staying in no throw areas. (If you’re more worried)
Use an internal focus, internal zoom lens… or a prime.
Pro lenses will handle the dust better than cheap lenses.
Use lens filters.
Consider a lens hood.
Don’t change lenses, specially not anywhere near the action.
Don’t change memory cards, specially not anywhere near the action, dust can be even more dangerous than water to a memory card.
This means get a big memory card.
Bag them cameras and lenses up… get some tap and cover any openings.

Wear a jacket and tuck the camera inside when not being used.
Make it known you’re not part of the action and they’ll tend to be nicer.

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The mentality

This festival is meant for the throwing of colors, what do you expect? You’ll probably get stuff thrown at you. If at once you involve yourself you become part of the crowd and you’re probably fair game to everyone. If you’re clean you could either be a target to some or a keep-clean-sign to others that this person isn’t here to be thrown at.

People in the middle of the fray are way into this and expect anything and do anything.
People on the outskirts tend to do a little throwing hear and there but aren’t as hard core as the center.

Watch out for un-savory characters who don’t care that you’re carrying a nice camera. 99% will respect the fact the other 1% don’t care.

My 1st time experience

I took my brand new DSLR and didn’t cover it with bags or anything. I had a jacket which helped. I kept it under the jacket most of the time until all of a sudden i needed to take a pictures and I pulled it out fast took a picture and put it back inside. When I was in an safe spot I didn’t worry as much. More so when going through the crowds.

I even changed lenses and used an external focus and external zoom lens along with a prime 50mm.

Result: I was fine! The camera bag I was carrying was the hardest thing to clean. (Washer in delicate mode was best) The bag got hit hardest because from behind no one knew I was carrying a camera.
I made a lot of eye contact and was always vigilant of people with bags of colors ready to throw. I avoided areas that might be problematic

Safe Zones – and Crazy Zones

There will be areas (on or in the temple) where throwing will not be allowed for those wanting refuge.
The closer to the throng of people the more you should not have problems with claustrophobia and the ability to hold your breath when the initial throwing happens.

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Worst Case Scenario?

Colored corn maze gets inside the camera and you need to take the camera to Kew’s in Provo and for $135 he cleans a large DSLR, meaning he opens it up and cleans out the intire insides.
He’s done a lot over the years after Holi

Photography for the more adventurous or the more paranoid.

Get an underwater casing. They can cost $1500 and up or perhaps get an ewa-marine bag. B&H sells them. for $300-400
They’ll make it a bit harder to navigate your controls but you shouldn’t have any problems taking pictures.

You can even use a point an click made for underwater.
I’ll have an EWA bag for one of my D-SLRs and my G-11 will be in the underwater casing.
Then I’ll probably have another 1 or 2 DSLRs that I’ll prep with bags and tape the night before.

I’m mounting a camera for time lapse pictures right above the stage.

Join JarvieU photographing the event

We will have about 12 photographers shooting the event.
We will have our own safe and clean staging area.
We will have an area for people to come and get portraits done quickly.
We’re syncing our cameras, they’re all getting sorted and edited at once (each photog can use their own pics at home As Well)
We’re printing up 10,000+ business cards with the link to the pictures photos.jarviedigital.com/holi
We’re donating half of the enlargement profits to the krishna temple
We’re using other of the money (if there is any) for future JarvieU events and projects.
We’re contacting newspapers and national media outlets to tell them about the event and offer our pictures for use.
If we can get it done in time we could even do banners they said.
We’re trying to get them all done and online in one day.
We’re experienced on how to edit them well. (But we’ll take as much help as we can that next day)
We’re having a prep our cameras party the night before.

This really isn’t a photo-making event… for me it’s a labor of love.
So if you’re thinking of joining us because you want to make money… sorry think again. You’re free to go on your own and do your own thing.

I do need some help on some of these things.

Let me know what you have to offer.

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First of all… if you’re in Utah and have the evening off…

You must make sure you make it to

Holi: The Festival of Colors

Here is the Full gallery on Smugmug

Here is a facebook event with more info about it.

Created by my friend Shawna Brabant

Here is the official event page of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple

Here are 3 galleries i made from last year

BEST OF (50): http://jarviedigital.com/OtherJobs/08/holi-o/

SELECT (140): http://jarviedigital.com/OtherJobs/08/holi-s/

FULL (523): http://jarviedigital.smugmug.com/gallery/4846545_yiSjD

Here was the blog post from a year ago

To my photographer friends out there… Go… if you dare.

I’m not saying it’s easy or totally safe for your stuff.

But i do say it’s an amazing opportunity.

If there is enough response here on the blog comments I’ll add a post about how I kept my D300 safe.

But that will be a prize for their being lets say 10 people asking. haha

Tricky… i know

But this is more or less could happen… and didn’t happen to me :)

Of course I didn’t really bring in that lens.

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