The Way I See It

The Turning of the Year

with 8 comments

Old Town, Shanghai

Old Town, Shanghai

Today (January 23rd, 2012), about 1/5th of the population on this globe celebrates the Chinese or Lunar New Year. There will be family reunions and feasting, fond reminiscing of good times, and hopeful planning and eager anticipation of even better times. If you are celebrating this auspicious occasion today, I wish you a Very Happy New Year. May the year of the dragon bring you health, happiness and good fortune. 新年快乐! 龙年行大运, 恭喜发财!

Photog Notes
1/750 second, f/8, ISO 200 on a Nikon D300 + 18-200 mm Nikkor at 200 mm. I made this image on a gorgeous spring afternoon in old Shanghai last year. These decorations were on the vertical display of a streetside vendor. The symbolic shapes, bright colors and characters of good tidings are popular year round, and especially proudly displayed during the weeks surrounding the turning of the year. In making this image, I chose to isolate the bright red-and-gold fish with an especially short depth of field (f/8 which, not coincidentally, is the sharpest aperture on my 18-200).

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Written by xinapray

January 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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  1. That’s such a beautiful image! Happy New Year!

    marinachetner

    January 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    • Thank you, Marina!

      xinapray

      January 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  2. 新年快乐哦!^_^

    stillmindzen

    January 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    • 恭喜发财,心想事成!

      xinapray

      January 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  3. I wish this was part of my tradition. And I wish those who celebrate a wonderful year of the Dragon! Great post and love the photo. 🙂

    KatiesCameraBlog

    January 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

  4. Happy New Year Ray! 🙂
    This image is so festive, perfect.

    drawandshoot

    January 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    • Thank you, Karen!

      xinapray

      January 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm


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