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Challenge: Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Feb 13, 2016
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2016

[Feb. 21st, 2016 09:27:09 PM]

I find DPC very annoying at times. Seriously?? Chinese New Year? In a small,colonial tourist town, where am I going to find Chinese New Year stuff? We don't even have any asian grocery stores around.

So while I sat, irritated at the challenge topic, I searched for my town and Chinese New Year. And there was an Asian Festival that weekend, complete with a Lion Dance!!

I still wasn't particularly interested in going, but I did anyway.

It was a blast!! I brought the wrong lens, because I thought it was outside. And it was very difficult lighting. But it was soooo wonderful!! I had a truly marvelous time, though not too many marvelous photos. I particularly liked this one. I really wish the dad wasn't directly behind the child. And I knew that some wouldn't care for the blur. But I thought it added to the sense of movement. The shot before this was probably a more acceptable shot:

The dad wanted to do a shot with the kid and the lion -- but the kid was nervous. So he did the selfie with the lion. Which made the kid curious and he came closer, and then ran away. It was a hoot! Though I like the selfie, this had more soul, imo.

By the way -- I hate the white vignette, as well, but I just couldn't get it to work otherwise. There was just way too business around the outside, and cropping it close too away some of the magic. I had to find someway to bring in the eye. I actually liked it in B&W, but it seemed such a shame to get rid of the colors.

So once again, I am reminded that, even when I don't want to shoot for the stupid DPC challenges, that so many times they are the best and the most magical adventures.

That being said -- I hated the obsession challenge!! So they're not ALL magical adventures! ;)

Thanks for the comments! And what a wonderful surprise getting bling!

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02/23/2016 04:55:19 PM
Congratulations! Well done!
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02/22/2016 07:44:00 PM
Congratulations, Wendy! Way to step outside of your comfort zone!
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02/22/2016 02:30:08 PM
the rear legs guy must have a bad back!
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02/22/2016 06:26:51 AM
Ha! Perfect lens, for me.

That movement is divine.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2016 10:26:54 AM
Fun and awesome energy...makes me wish I were there! I dislike the white vignette intensely, personal preference. 7
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02/21/2016 09:16:21 AM
Well done. Good feeling of Chinese New Year. Nian is coming to eat the children. I give you a 7 and my Yellow Dragon Award
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02/20/2016 11:41:25 PM
great exploding candid

I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery

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02/16/2016 07:34:57 PM
So enjoyable...
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02/16/2016 07:31:37 PM
This certainly embodies what I would expect for a new year celebration. Dragons, family, fun. (is that a dragon?) I was hoping to learn something from these images about the year of the monkey. And especailly about peoples' interpretations about what a monkey year is. I'm afraid I don't get much from this image.
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02/15/2016 06:11:12 PM
Nice take.
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