I had a blast at Holi Fest 2014 throwing colors, dodging water, and watching people go crazy. It was a nice day for some family fun downtown with Bollywood hits filling up the narrow and crowded street. There was a race in the morning and by the time I arrived it had finished and people were waiting for the next part to start. Things quieted down as Mayor Roy and Amy Pillarisetti  (Cenla Indian Association) gave a few words… (SKIP TO THE END FOR PHOTO GALLERY)

Then off to the side came the fire truck from the Alexandria Fire Dept. which  opened up and started soaking everybody. People were running through the water, pouring buckets over eachother, dancing and all sorts of other activities that happen when large volumes of water suddenly occur. Holi_2014-6359Holi_2014-6397 Holi_2014-6421 Holi_2014-6152Holi_2014-6494Holi_2014-6414 There was probably about 100 people there, all ready to cover each other in colored powder (scented as well I noticed). This was my first time going and admittedly I went mostly just to get some unusually colorful photos but I couldn’t help getting roped into the action. At one point my camera was dripping with water but it’s “weather sealed” so it was OK a few minutes later. Otherwise I managed to stay kind of untouched. Holi_2014-6547 I say untouched because what I got was nothing compared to some people…..
So overall I had a great time and I think that the photos turned out well after all so I’m definitely glad I went. In fact I’m already looking forward to next years 😉 Leave comments below if you like the photos or have any suggestions/questions. Also a huge shoutout to the Cenla Indian Association for putting together such a fun event and for sharing some Indian tradition with the whole community.Holi_2014-6352

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Comments

  • Jesse
    May 4, 2014 Reply

    This looks way fun. It’s a shame I missed it. I’ll see y’all next time though. I like your site btw. =)

    • khayyamkhan
      May 6, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Jesse! It was a lot of fun for sure.

  • William
    May 5, 2014 Reply

    Awesome stuff, man! All of these photos are so clear and vibrant compared to what I remember witnessing, haha. I still haven’t gotten the dye out of my hair, but it was well earned! I can’t wait to see more of these blog posts in the future! These photos are great! Also, just curious, what shutter speed did you shoot some of these with? Specifically the photos with the droplets of water.

    • khayyamkhan
      May 6, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Will! My shutter speed was between 1/1000 and 1/4000 most of the day. As a side not, what would you like to see as a post on this blog?

      • William
        May 6, 2014 Reply

        I’m mostly looking forward to your post-processing tutorials and what your methods are in that. That reminds me, I still need to download Lightroom, haha. Did you add a slight glare to the photo of me with my hands on my hips?

        • khayyamkhan
          May 6, 2014 Reply

          There will be a good bit of those Im sure! If there is some specific you would like to see a tutorial on let me know and Ill consider doing that one next. I did not add a flare nor anything else to any of these photos. They have been adjusted in color and contrast only 😉

  • Jeana
    May 5, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for posting the pics! Holi was the best celebration all year!

    • khayyamkhan
      May 6, 2014 Reply

      My pleasure Jeana! That was my first time going to Holi actually! I had no idea how much fun it is.

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