Dragon Boat Festival

This is the second post from the Dragon Boat Festival from the 19th of March (oppps is it really a month since this was on?). This is the day after I was taking photos with the Rolleiflex, I decided to take my Nikon F5 with my 80-200 f2.8 and get a bit closer to the action.

I had scoped out the best position to be the day before and just before the first race I went down under the bridge onto a floating pier and lined myself up with the middle of the only lane close enough to shoot down. Amusingly about a minute after I was in place one of the Dominion Post photographers came along… He stood on one side of me… Then the other side…Then back to the first side… At this point I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat (yes I have just finished reading Alice in Wonderland to Emily) as he stood beside me with his 500mm telephoto cause Id snaked his spot (small things amuse me).

I just noticed as I was putting this post together that the girls on the bridge in image Dragon Boat 4 are the same girls in their bot in image Dragon Boat 7 and 8… Weird.

Nikon F5, 80-200mm f2.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


2 responses

  1. Nice set, three caught my eye especially,
    the first one (45) but I think the cars at the top of the frame are a bit distracting (personal peeve), the fifth down (called Dragon Boat 4 (33) ) with the lovely ladies, very nice shot! and Dragon Boat 8 (23) very nice, a tad more contrast would have helped the setting, but a very nice shot!!!

    18/06/2011 at 00:37

    • Cheers 🙂 Agreed about the cars being distracting… Also the horizon is crooked which I would have usually fixed but obviously missed. The girls in shot 4 are the same ones in shot 8 which I liked but didnt spot until after I had processed them. I tried adding more contrast but the blacks blocked out too much even with a minor adjustment 😦

      21/06/2011 at 18:48

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