One of the benefits of living in a village is the wildlife. I shot this right off the balcony using a tripod and on camera flash. The macro performance on the lens performed quite well, click here to see the 100% crop.
I am currently sorting the pictures on my computer so there will be a lot of old pictures uploaded to the photoblog for now =)
In Chinese mythology the dragon reigns over water. There is an old wives tale saying whenever a dragon comes out (here in the form of a dragon dance), it will definitely rain soon after. Looking at this picture, it is hard to ignore that fact o_O
Paying their respects to the temple. I've been calling them lions in the past few posts, but they are actually unicorns (look at the tiny single horn on the head).
I almost gave up on this picture because the white balance problem was hard to fix, but an article helped me tackle it. I am still not very good at getting perfect results based on the guide, so after overcoming the harder parts, I eyeballed the final tweaks to get the result I wanted.
This was why the lion climbed all the way up the pole, too bad I was standing at the wrong angle =/ Didn't catch the prosperous words on the scroll, only "春到人间" (literally translated as "spring is upon us").
This was the height the performers scaled, amazing isn't it? There was no safety harness so it was a very skilled and dangerous feat. The people on the ground sat on the "legs" of the pole to stabilize it. This was my favourite picture from the shoot, I wish I had a wider lens though.
They said the God of Prosperity (财神) inhabited the lion temporarily, so everyone rushed to touch its head for good fortune. Pretty soon the lion was overwhelmed with the crowd and tried to shake everyone off by dancing.