Chinese New Year

January 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. The year of the horse.  And yesterday was time to let go of old spirits to make way for the new year and new luck, new spirit and new destinies. 


 

This was the offering from the mall in Hua Hin. Plus earlier there was an alter for those who wished to make offerings on the last day of the old year. The following shots were all taken on the Fuji X-e1 at just after dusk with the light disappearing fast. I went from ISO 1000 and raw to 3200 and changed to fine jpeg in order to get the higher ISO.

 The main float was still up the road so I ran, not really, I walked as fast as I could to get to the float and took as many shots as I could with the shutter wide open and the aperture at about f5 to cut out some of the glare of the lights. 


This was one of only a few that were okay and I had to tweak in lightroom but there was no photoshop work.

While I was taking the pictures the noise was tremendous, fire crackers going all the time as well as the music playing. The bangs of the crackers is to get rid of the old spirits. The excitement is intensified by the fireworks so close and loud. 

Next, snaking and streaming down the road came the dragon and people were pushing money and gifts into its mouth. The almost living creature moves fast, up and down, left and right and into hotels and crowds on the street. 

This was the hardest shot because the restaurant in the background is lit by neon lights. I had to use the local adjustment brush in Lightroom to take down the light in the background and by this stage I had a lot of noise in the picture. The final result is still noisy but the atmosphere is intact which is what I was after.

finally I turned the corner and there was this. So yes I had the same settings as for the brightly lit floats and back to Lightroom to take out the worst of the glare and up the general light of the photograph. I finally had to resort to a little adjustment in photoshop to get the colours accurate and sort out the light.

It is fun to take shots like this, on the move, making fast decisions, grabbing the picture and feeling the closeness of the people and the event.

Happy Chinese New Year.


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