Oct 25, 2009

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights
Focal length: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/800
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/1.4

The Festival of Lights, or what the 6 billion of people of the religions of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism celebrate as a triumph of Good over Evil is called Diwali or Deepavali. It is celebrated around this time every year during the New moon day (no moon day). It is the Festival of lights- the lighting of deepas (oil lamps), hence Deepavali or Diwali. Each religion has its own meaning for the celebration. And so it is a national festival in India, and is celebrated bigger than xmas in this part of the world, with deepas, poojas, yummy food and fireworks.

These pictures were not taken in India as most might have assumed. But rather here in my home town - San Diego- for the first time. As more and more Indians are being recognized here in U.S., we are able to take a step into recognizing out festivals and culture. With the Festival of Lights today, I had a great opportunity to capture beautiful light, as it was lit by everyone. :) The wonderfulness of togetherness. So happy Diwali and enjoy a wonderful year!

An Ornate Light
Focal length: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/250
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/1.4

A Decoration of Lights
Focal length: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/640
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/3.2

Lined up Deepas
Focal length: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/250
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/3.2

Since this post is late a week- BELATED DIWALI WISHES! :)