Photographs from the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven – August 22nd 2015
Once again I had the chance to cover a color festival, this time it was the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I have uploaded a selection of the best pics on this website, and you can also view the full album with many more portraits on my Flickr page
On Saturday September 13th happened the 5th edition of Pop in the City, the urban adventure race for women in Europe. This time it was taking place in Porto (Portugal) and besides visiting the city it was fun to be part of it as a photographer. The event started at 8am in the morning fog of the Rio Douro and ended at night on a private sand beach resort. Demanding, but rewarding…
During the event I had the chance to photograph the participants rappelling from the roof of a 70m tower, to visit the kitchen of a Portuguese restaurant cooking “Francesinha”, and to take wonderful portraits in front of the sunset at the beach. Oh and of course, hundreds of smiling faces…
Shooting at a color festival is a great occasion top take beautiful portraits, but you must be aware that the color powder is a threat for your lens and camera. The powder is as fine as flour and will enter through any gap or unsealed join. It is in fact made of rice or corn flour so at least it is not harmful for yourself. In this article I provide advices to keep your equipment perfectly clean and safe during such an event.
Photographs from the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven
The last week end I had the opportunity to shoot for the Holi Fusion Festival in Eindhoven. The Holi fusion is a music festival inspired by the Indian Holi festival, where people throw color powder at each other.
This was a unique opportunity for colorful portraits and party pictures, and a great fun to be there as a photographer. So I literally took hundreds of portraits, exhausted my battery and filled my memory card. I show a limited selection on this website but you can see the full album on my Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/damienfournier/sets/72157646901592626/
The common photographer knows that the Depth of Field varies with the aperture, focal length and subject distance. But which one is the dominant parameter ? And how much is the influence of each parameter ? This article uses the equation of the DoF, and demonstrates that when the DoF is short, it varies proportionally with the aperture, and with the square of the focal length and distance to subject.
So here comes the only formula you need to know when you deal with short DoF but not macro photography :
The focal length and the distance to subject have an influence on the Depth of Field, and this influence is simple to understand if it is explained with the notion of subject magnification. The subject magnification is a function of the focal length and the distance to subject. It is the parameter that influences the most the DoF, much more than the aperture. This articles explains what is the subject magnification and in which way it impacts the DoF.
Parallel lines can be projected either as parallel or as converging lines on a 2 dimensional photograph. As converging lines they are considered a distortion of the reality, nevertheless they can be useful to give the illusion of depth. It is your choice as a photographer to represent those lines parallel or not, and this article explains how to control it.
Depth of Field and Aperture – A simple relationship ?
It is common knowledge among photographers that the Depth of Field increases when the aperture decreases, but by how much ? Unfortunately there is no simple relationship between the DoF and the aperture, but this article provides a accurate and simple answer to the question.
Flash Technique – The 1st and 2nd curtain explained
A DSLR camera provides the option to fire the flash on the 1st or 2nd/rear curtain, which can produces different photographs in the same conditions. This article explains what it means, and how to use it.
The series of pictures below shows a tennis ball falling down, captured with different settings of flash and ambient light. It put in evidence the influence of setting the flash on the 1st or 2nd curtain.
The rest of the article also explains what are 1st and 2nd curtains, and provides recommendation on which setting is better.