Last Saturday I went to see Beltain Festival @ BAF. ‘Beltain’ is an ancient Celtic celebration to mark the beginning of summer. It was a unique experience and I loved every bit of it. The event went from 4.30 pm till 9.00 pm. There was dancing, music, food and many more. It truly was a remarkable atmosphere. Everything had an ancient touch to it. I was told that there were around 2000 people.
The final event of the festival was ‘burning of wicker man’. Burning this 20 foot giant probably has been the most famous and attractive of all. The staff of BAF was kind enough to invite me to do some photography. Thanks to them I had the privilege of choosing where I want to be during the burning of wicker man.
Shown below is (as I call) ‘during-&-after’ the burning of wicker man. As always I wanted to capture a different perspective of the event hence captured and blended ‘during the scene’ photos with trailing stars. The foreground of the image consists of 5 images and the sky 256 images. After everybody has left the scene, I waited 2 hours for the sky’s to clear and around 2.5 more hours to shoot the trailing stars. The post processing was much more challenging than I thought; took nearly 16 hours; can’t think of a photo that took that long in recent past. Finally, an image that speaks itself..!! Hope you guys like it too.
Beltain Festival 2016, BAF, Hampshire – UK
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