Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Chinese New Year Parade

There is a big Chinese community in Sydney and Australia. And every Chinese New Year, the city of Sydney and Chinatown was the centre of attention. The big attraction every year was the twilight parade.

Usually with street photography and in particular the parade, I like to photograph the beginning of the parade or the end of the parade where you can full access to the people and of-course the characters. There so many cultures in one big country called "China" and the representatives show up in different costumes and accessories.

It was a photographer heaven really. Every year there something different with the theme changes with the turn of the new year. This year was the year of the goat/sheep and it was very interesting how people interpret the themes. I was photographed the parade last year and it was fun so I was back for more.

As for the photo above, it is probably best sum up the whole parade. You have beautiful Chinese girl in cultural costume out on the street. I did use bounce flash to lit her up. The light is soft and beautiful, great for portraiture. I was lucky enough to find a location where I can set up a impromptu studio on the street to bounce some light. I've learnt a new techniques of improvising out on location. You must take your camera out and practice, practice and more practice.