Made another trip to the Holi Festival at the Krisha Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah.
There wasn’t a big organized group of photographers, but there were of course plenty there anyway.
This time I also brought along the family. My five year old was especially excited to go. He had a great time, especially when he realized he could throw the colors at anyone he wanted, and that we encouraged it all the more when the person didn’t have any color on them yet (below left) 😉
Overall there were quite a few more families then last year which was awesome to see. It is a great family event. I’d love to see them do a throw dedicated to families to encourage more to come out, where they wouldn’t get run over by all the college guys as much.
Full Holi Festival gallery here
This year was quite a bit colder then last year. It was overcast the whole time. It had rained and snowed the day and night before, and the normally grassy hill turned into a lot of mud. Which of course people took advantage of and it was soon a mud slide that people would go sliding down.
Sometimes people would get colors put on them, and sometimes they’d do it themselves
A few more faves. The first being my son, which of couse is my most favorite of all 🙂
Pretty sure this is the back of Sulley from Monsters Inc
It was an awesome event, and can’t wait to do it again next year!
Full Holi Festival gallery here
For the last two years I have wanted to go to the Holi Festival at the Krisha Temple in Spanish Fork. Each year something came up. This year I wanted to go extra bad after seeing all the pictures from the past years.
A photographer friend, Scott Jarvie, has been shooting the Holi Festival for the last few years. This year he had the crazy idea (for most mortal men, not for him) to organize a dozen photographers to shoot the festivities. I quickly volunteered. In the end we had around 10,000 photos from the 12 photogs. As of this writing they are still being uploaded (that’s about 100gig worth folks) but they can be seen here.
The baby powder like colored powder is naturally an enemy to expensive camera equipment. I spent some time the night before to seal up my camera and lens. The short version is that it was some gallon ziploc bags and some tape. It worked perfectly.
The day of was very long. I showed up around 9 and left about 5:30. Which paled compared to Scott and Pete Stott that were there longer then I was. I was sore and tired by the end of the day, but wow it was fun.
So many amazing photo ops. So many people willing (and excited) to have their pictures taken. It really helped me to step out of my normal comfort zone and get into peoples faces.
I’m really worried about next year though. I’m not sure if I will want to participate or take photos. It looked like a lot of fun. 🙂
I know, shut up already and get to the pictures.
Full Holi Festival gallery here.
Special thanks to Scott for being his normal over ambitious self and organizing the outing. I would have tried to go out anyway, but it was more fun to hang with other photogs and be a part of something bigger.
Even more special thanks to my family who puts up with my regular photo outings. I was out at a conference for a full week just a week and a half ago. Photocamp Utah last Saturday. Now this. Thanks for putting up with me guys!
Canon 40D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250, f/4.5, 100 mm, ISO 400
On a trip up to Nebo Loop I found an area that had trees with just about every color. I gathered one of each and found a nice big aspen trunk to lay them on. Quite pleased with the result.
I still need to get it printed out as a panorama but am excited to see it in person 🙂
Edit: Print is beautiful. If you are interested in a copy, my normal printer doesn’t do panoramas (SmugMug) so let me know and we can work something out.