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Diwali New Year's Celebration and Fireworks

  • Nov 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The annual Hindu New Year's celebration (Diwali) will take place at the BAPS Mandir in Lilburn this Sunday. The fireworks are scheduled for around 7:00 p.m., but you'll want to get there earlier to secure a good spot. I would recommend getting there around 5:00 or so. SPS members have shot this event the last several years and had a great time. For directions and additional information, you can go to the temple's website: http://atlanta.baps.org/index.html. To view images from last year's Diwali celebration, go here: http://www.meetup.com/SPS-Meetup/photos/11741452/

You are welcome to use a tripod and shoot the exterior of the Mandir (temple) and the reflecting pool from the plaza level before the fireworks, but no photography is allowed inside. I would very much encourage you to go inside, though, and see the display.

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  • Priya

    I missed it - was there 6:45 and there wasn't any parking anywhere. So frustrating. I went to the park but it was also full. I never imagined it would be this crowded :(

    November 7, 2013

  • Mikki Root D.

    Oh, so sorry you couldn't stay. It was wonderful. They set up parking at a park on US 29 with a shuttle bus. That's how lots of folks got there. It was already crowded and overflowing by 5 pm at the site itself.

    November 6, 2013

    • Sonu

      Thanks. Good to know. I will definitely keep that in mind for next year.

      November 7, 2013

    • Debashis P.

      I guess there was a Target parking Lot just opposite side of BAPS where last time we parked .there are ample spaces ... you can try that too..

      November 7, 2013

  • Sonu

    I did try showing up. At around 6:30. I saw tow trucks everywhere and it was really crowded so I turned back. The pictures look great. I wish I had stayed but I wasn't sure about parking.

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I had gone to this but perhaps it was a wise choice not try to show up at 6:45 and expect to find a parking spot or get anywhere close. Look forward to next year.

    November 6, 2013

  • Mikki Root D.

    Forgot to mention that there were already thousands of people on the grounds at 5pm! Be aware that you'll probably have to park at a park on US 29 next year and take a shuttle bus. It was jammed completely last night...don't know where everyone came from but I saw tons of away license plates!

    November 4, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Great Celebration and Fireworks SHow. loking forward to processing Pictures. Thanks Jeff Milsteen for shareing this with SPS.

    November 4, 2013

  • Mikki Root D.

    Wonderful, as usual. Just about 30 minutes late for the fireworks, but just a fantastic experience! Someday, it will not be so cold for the fireworks! Maybe!

    November 4, 2013

  • Chinita T.

    Do you typically bring a chair?

    November 3, 2013

  • Priya

    Hi is there a particular spot in the temple complex you guys are planning to be, or are we on our own?

    November 1, 2013

    • Jeff M.

      For the fireworks, most folks will gather at the end of the reflecting pool. Before that, I think everyone will just wander around on their own.

      November 1, 2013

    • Priya

      Thanks. Will be there.

      November 2, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    If you haven't shot fireworks lately, a few tips: (1) shoot at a low ISO (100 or 200 is fine); (2) shoot RAW for more exposure latitude; (3) I shoot on "bulb" and just guess at the exposure time depending on how bright the fireworks display is and most of mine come out pretty good at around 1 second or so (if you are including the temple in your shot, it will also be lit and you don't want to overexpose it so don't make your exposures too long); (4) pre-focus before the fireworks start and then switch focus to manual and leave it alone, especially if you are aiming primarily at the sky; (5) I generally shoot at aperture f/8 or f/11; (6) turn OFF your long exposure noise reduction -- it eats up time and limits the number of shots you can take; (7) shoot most of your shots early in the show, before the smoke starts to build up. And don't forget your tripod and cable release! :)

    November 1, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    Sorry for the late notice, but many of you have attended in the past and know the drill. Don't wait until the last minute to show up or you will not be able to park and you may have a hard time getting in. If you can't get there at 5:00, I would say try and be there no later than 6:00. Weather should be great and with the end of daylight saving time this weekend, the light should be good between 5:00 and sunset. Bring a wide angle lens (or wide-angle zoom) for the fireworks. If anyone has any questions, let me know.

    November 1, 2013

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