Holi Festival in India with the Fujifilm X100V

Holi Festival 2020 All photos down bellow

Trip From Delhi to Mathura:

I reserved my train ticket a few months before my trip to make sure to secure a seat.

Using the website, www.12go.asia,

I purchased a first class Class (EC) seat ticket for 800 Rupees (around 9 euros).

Departure was on time and the journey turned out great.

I arrived in Mathura train station around 7.30am.

After leaving the station, I took a tuk tuk to go to the hotel to drop my belongings that I will be not using for day.

Equipment & Protection: Fujifilm X100V

I had the huge opportunity to have the new Fujifilm X100V a few days before my trip and was really excited to see how it will handle heavy shooting days.

I decided to bring the following equipment on my trip:

  • X100V Camera

  • XT3 Camera with 56mm f1.2

  • Memory cards SanDisk Extreme pro 300mb/s 64gb

  • Couple of extra batteries

  • 2 Underwater cases Dicapac wp-s3 and wp-s5

One of my major concerns about this adventure was how to protect my expensive equipment during the festivities.

Not only will the color powders be terrible for the camera, but children often throw buckets of water from the rooftops!

So, instead of trying to find a DIY plastic bag to protect my camera, I decided to look into underwater cases.

The most affordable model that I found was from the company DiCAPac and I purchased the Wp-s3 and Wp-s5.

I highly recommend these products.

Although it is difficult to change the settings on the camera while in the cases, the cameras were fully protected and safe, so just remember to decide 80% of your camera settings before putting in the case.

TIP: It’s not safe to switch equipment around in the temple so start with fully charge battery. Later you can search for a parallel calm street to change battery when possible.

March 9th: Vrindavan:

After preparing my necessary equipment, I jumped into a tuk tuk and headed to Banke Bihari Temple.

The tuk tuk driver will drop you off a few streets before the temple because most of the area is closed, so I just walked with all the people going in the same direction.

As soon as you arrive closer to the temple, streets start to narrow and the chaos begins! I felt like I was in a river and my body was floating along with the current, as if I couldn’t control anything.

Soon enough, I made it inside the temple. It was truly insane, packed with people. You have no space and everyone is shoulder to shoulder. It was a bit difficult to take photos, so I stayed around 20-30 minutes inside the temple.

The color and water were everywhere and it was at some points scary but still so amazing to see. The sound was indescribable, so special and distinct and I really felt part of a celebration!

Leaving the temple, I continued to walk and get lost in the beautiful streets. By chance, I arrived at a temple that was more calm but also very interesting. I later learned that this was Shri Radhavallabh Lal Temple.

TIP: Take cheap flip-flops because you have to leave them in the entrance of the temple with the other hundred of them.

March 10th: Mathura:

Today is the official big day: ‘Happy Holi’ everybody!

After chatting a local photographer, he recommended to go to a temple in Mathura: Shri Dwarkadhish Temple.

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