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Chinese New Year Parade - Highlights

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”

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..

Thai Participation on the parade

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..

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..

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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    • # Marsha

      An exciting and colorful event for sure!! Great captures, Rob....just excellent images!!

      2010.02.26 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Christa

      This is a lovely and so colourful celebration and I like the Thai participation, too. Your pictures are so beautiful!

      2010.02.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Hong S

      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,,

      2010.02.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Soubhagya Sagar Behera

      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???

      2010.02.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynn

      FANTASTIC!!! Great lens work Rob...you did an AWESOME job with it. Great colors and focus :))

      2010.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jennye

      Great shots!! I love the first one.......and the shrimp in lobster sauce sounds sooooo delicious!!

      2010.02.23 Edited Reply Cancel