Hinamatsuri Florence festival through the eyes of a rookie photographer
Practical on-stage experience is part of the professional program of ‘The Darkroom’ school. The event of this month was the Japanese Hinamatsuri Festival 2014 in Florence, Italy. It took place in the beautiful surrounding of Santo Spirito, Florence, which lasted the entire weekend. The students of the academic course took part of it, to record and to improve their working experience for eventually becoming professional photographers.
During these three days we were able to take a variety of different photos, since the festival covered workshops, dance performances, speeches and lectures. Therefore we, young photographers, were able to learn/ confront, take ourselves a step further and experience how it is, to work under new and other conditions.
Personally, due to the lack of light, it was difficult to shoot well exposed photos. Furthermore, since I did not have a external flash unit, I had to work with a high ISO number, which killed my photos and increased the background noise of each single shoot.
Moreover, during the dance performance, I was confronted with motion which made it even harder to focus on each specific actor. Thus, you had to play with the shutter speed and the aperture for catching the right moment to achieve a good result.
By adjusting to these circumstances and realising that theory is different to practicality, you understood that adapting, being creative and improvising makes the work possible and deliverable.
Also the coordination between us, the students, in covering the entire event was a struggle. But, all in all, it showed us to work, coordinate, adjust and edited the photos while being a part of the event, whiteout missing the right moment.
We would like to thank ‘Iroha’, the promoters of the Hinamatsuri Festival 2014 for letting us be part of this inspiring weekend.
We hope you like the results of the photos.
With kind regards