To all our Chinese readers, we wish everyone a happy Lunar New Year! Indeed this year is the Year of the Rooster (following the Chinese Zodiac), and as you might have guessed, we headed down to the one location that epitomises the Chinese culture: Chinatown!
Chinatown (or 牛车水, referencing carts filled with water which was lugged around by bulls in the past) has been the location for our photography adventures many times (during last year’s Chinese New Year celebrations and the Mooncake Festival in 2015 and 2016), and this year it really is no different! The hustle-and-bustle of the locale makes it a challenging exercise in capturing the festivity as it happens. Nevertheless, we had a new gear in the Petzval 58mm Bokeh Art Lens that would surely enhance our experience and bring some variety to our photos.
Note: Because this entry combines the photography of two different digital cameras (i.e one with the Petzval Lens and one without), we should point out that the Petzval Lens creates a distortion effect which evens out in the center. That should help our newer readers with identifying which photos were taken with the Petzval lens!
Once again, Chinatown continues to mesmerise us with its effervescent lights, lively atmosphere and unique treats to sample. With the Petzval lens adding some creative flair to our photos, we can’t help but anticipate using it in the night where there are bright lights! For us, we will be busy visiting relatives and collecting ang baos; once again we wish all a prosperous and blissful Lunar Near Year!