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Chinese New Year Parade - Highlights

2010.02.23
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See the advantage of a lens wide open? you can blur the BG and make the viewer see the main subjects without any distractions.I used a filter to unload any task i will face later on editing , Some of the images i did not do anything on PP , crop on site with my camera..as you can see my EXIF is still intact..
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Thai Participation on the parade
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I still have OE here and there i just notice it rigth now,So my CPL could not really match the Strong Hard lights if the subject has a white skin.. my ND8 Series P Filter i ordered has not yet arrive so maybe next time that would be my next option..Oh well , we could not learn if we dont try..
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Subject # 3 if i do a step-up of my aperture , then those people at the BG will be clearly seen as to what happen on some of my shots , and you will loose everything you got..So my verdict? Used Neutral density filters and Graduated Density Filters in P series so it would be handy if the situation will let you change filters..
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I am happy with the performance of my Nikkor Series-E lens 50mm , I really dont care if its manual lens , anyway i dont use a camera on auto mode..and it will be a good practice for me to focus faster in uncontrollable situation like this..
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Highlights of the Parade , Chinese New Year at china town Los Angeles , This time i am prepared with everything i used my 50mm prime lens open wide at 1.8 with a Hoya CircularPolarizing filter and Bower Skylight B1 attached to the lens so i will not worry about any blownouts cause by hard lights , And if it turnout cloudy i could just turn my CPL and the filter will go lighter in color.
The LAPD keeps telling me to get out of the street i told him why me? there are more than 300 of us photographers on the street !
By the way i am the only one with a small lens all of them including my brother has a big lens attached to there camera..ha ha! so i have no option but to go near as i can to the subjects..as near as 4 feet!! Lol!
I also saw some Lady Blogger's from other community who met up at the parade , they assembled near where i am standing , its really good to see active community members in actions..I wish PB members who are in LA will do it too someday ...
Oh one thing , we ate at one of the Szechwan resto , we thought it was good for 2 Oh my god ! when they started serving the shrimp in lobster sauce and szechwan beef its good for 4 person per serving !!! we end up force feeding ourself i feel sleepy..ha ha!
I have 95 good shots of the events i just pick the first batch to upload..

Technical Aspect:
Nikon D40
Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens
Hoya CPL and Bower Skylight B1 Filters
Shutter Release 1/1250 the most
Aperture Steady on F1.8
Manual mode
Post Processing just to crop some images , Sharpenning , Hue and contrast adjustments was done on board the camera settings and conversion to JPEG.


Thanks a lot for viewing! "Kung Hei Fat Choi"
26 Comments
Ryana What a wonderful celebration!!
Ryana · 2010-02-23: 12:54
onlyricky waw!!
this is amazing :)
Nice shots with nice focus and sharpness ;)
onlyricky · 2010-02-23: 13:42
jennye Great shots!! I love the first one.......and the shrimp in lobster sauce sounds sooooo delicious!!
jennye · 2010-02-23: 13:52
lynnsgallery2 FANTASTIC!!! Great lens work Rob...you did an AWESOME job with it. Great colors and focus :))
lynnsgallery2 · 2010-02-23: 13:53
ArtBee Excellent post Rob! Well done!
ArtBee · 2010-02-23: 14:30
????? These are terrific Rob...glad you enjoyed your meal :-)
????? · 2010-02-23: 15:40
eternity65 Wonderful shots Rob!!! it sounds like it was a delicious meal :-)

One question, as you talk about your exif data. any idea why when i change my RAW shots into PNG or JPEG, that even without PP work, my exif data is no longer to be seen? If you have no idea, i'll ask Michael, as i find this strange :-/
eternity65 · 2010-02-23: 16:21
SunFlower1990 Nice shots! Very colorful..
SunFlower1990 · 2010-02-23: 18:26
suhazlina Great shots, i love the 1st one.
suhazlina · 2010-02-23: 20:56
????? Fabulous shots as always, Rob!
????? · 2010-02-23: 22:43
mystic1 Another fantastic prade set, well done
mystic1 · 2010-02-24: 03:03
soubhagya I love these shots! my fav would be no 3..., not only for the composition and bokeh but also lady's expression.
One thing though. why is ur exif showing f/1.0???
soubhagya · 2010-02-24: 06:02
pandka Fantastic shots! 2 and 5# are my fav:)
pandka · 2010-02-24: 06:55
????? Nice set!! Chinese Paper Cutting is very interesting and beautiful arts. And I want to give ♥ to #2 ;)
????? · 2010-02-24: 12:00
jessicashan your nikon is very nice,, maybe i should get one too,hahhaa,, the lantern festival is not coming yet, will be this weekend,,nice photos,,
jessicashan · 2010-02-24: 12:47
Eiram amazing shots!!!
Eiram · 2010-02-24: 17:08
Unchained This is a lovely and so colourful celebration and I like the Thai participation, too. Your pictures are so beautiful!
Unchained · 2010-02-24: 18:51
thebronzebow Interesting info. I'll have to do some research to figure it out. Geat colorful shots.
thebronzebow · 2010-02-25: 00:42
Melusine Fantastic pictures from the parade!
Thanks for the information :)
Melusine · 2010-02-25: 03:34
gonia great, great pictures! I've never seen such pretty pictures!
gonia · 2010-02-25: 06:46
nirol All of them are just beautiful, so colorful!
nirol · 2010-02-25: 11:52
tracyseeger All of these shots are lovely and sharp, well focused, and the colors are great!
tracyseeger · 2010-02-25: 13:26
lookagain An exciting and colorful event for sure!! Great captures, Rob....just excellent images!!
lookagain · 2010-02-25: 22:20
dream1554 hmmmm 2 posts i missed,been very busy this past weeks,anywayz your posts are all great!
TFS! & take care always :)
dream1554 · 2010-02-26: 06:39
jevsnw Great set and commentary Rob, I've just bought a set of ND filters and am thinking of swapping cameras to the K7 to get better definition
jevsnw · 2010-02-26: 14:29
miltonjacob wonderful. #1 and #2 are my favs.
miltonjacob · 2010-02-26: 16:28
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