Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Celebrations

Diyas | Anita

We’ve switched to celebrating quieter Diwalis for a while now, and only light diyas (earthen lamps) and paper lanterns, but I do miss capturing pictures of the sparklers. πŸ™‚

For Lens Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations, hosted by Amy this week.


Goodu deepa
With a gleeful breeze around, it’s fun to watch light peeking out from a swaying paper lamp, but a tedious job to capture it.

Happy Diwali!

So far, I’ve been able to enjoy the warm glow of diyas without the ear-splitting din of firecrackers. I hope the rest of this Diwali follows suit, and that all Diwalis end up like today.

Coffee shop lights

Coffee shop lights
Ceiling lamps clicked with my phone at a dimly-lit coffee shop while waiting for friends.

I also like the glowing bright cuppas showing in the background — I almost didn’t notice them since I wanted to capture the lights initially, but when I did, I decided I would post-process the picture to darken the atmosphere further to make them more visible.

Light and Shadow


A picture for the Monochrome Madness series; to view other excellent submissions, please visit Leanne Cole’s post this week.

This is one of the pictures I clicked on a boring day indoors that I decided to spruce up by experimenting with photographing the lights at home. Bright lights and low exposure do make for some art! I swear I never really liked the texture of that wall much before I processed this photograph. πŸ™‚


Not all blurry photographs, even if unintended, are eligible for the trash can. They actually look beautiful sometimes! This one, for instance —

Diya, blurred

I’d been aiming for this lamp, adjusting my settings, when ‘click!’ I pressed the shutter button without thinking. Needless to say, I was happy when I saw the result of this accident. πŸ˜‰ I see it as an abstract representation of the Diwali festival — the flame, its reflection, the vague outline of the earthen lamp in the background…

I now try unfocused clicks more often. (Although what comes out of it isn’t always great.) That just goes to show that there is always some takeaway from any incident, doesn’t it?



A Diya (earthen lamp) as Diwali decor

Diwali is officially over, though it doesn’t feel like it — firecrackers are still being burst outside. Though it is meant to be the festival of lights, it has been the festival of noise for a few years now. πŸ™‚ But it still remains one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the extremely diverse India. If there’s a book on festivals of India, a diya (earthen lamp) symbolizing Diwali would make forΒ  an apt cover picture.

Now that would be a thick book… or maybe it would be a series, since that’s the fashion these days! πŸ˜‰

Sombre Light

Sombre Light

I clicked this picture, and a dozen others, at a time when I was crazy about exposure settings; there was something immensely satisfying about messing up the amount of light that is ‘normally’ captured in a photograph. The negative exposure in this picture brought about a lot of effects. It changed the mood of the atmosphere to a sombre one since the intensity of the yellow incandescent light seeping through the lamp shade was reduced drastically. It made the swirling pattern of the lampshade emerge — I had stayed in that apartment for many months by then, and had seriously not noticed this pattern much. There is also some play of light and multiple shadows on the ceiling, which adds another element of interest to the picture.