2015-09-28 – Hong Kong Fire Dragon Dance
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Hong Kong fire dragon dance held in Tai Hang a community in Causeway Bay is one of my top 5 favorite events to photograph in Hong Kong. To capture the true sense of excitement one has to to try many different methods. This image is a combination of a few long exposure shots to high light the movement of the balls the dragon is chasing. As this is a moving parade and very unpredictable one never knows what they get until well after the post production is on the way.
The dragon dance is not only intensely exciting but one can be mesmerized by the movement and the beats of the drums. To capture such feeling one has to challenge the conventional thinking. I’m always picturing images in my mind before I take them. That means I have to try lots of different locations, camera settings and often pure persistence to get the shot.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is a highlight of Mid Autumn festival. There are not many other events from start to finish that show strong local culture and a real sense of community. Even as the community goes through redevelopment the tradition continues.
Mid Autumn Festival = Fire Dragons and Lanterns One of the events that’s on my recommended list of Mid Autumn Festival that also is known under different names such as Moon Festival, Mooncake (edible from traditional with egg inside to new modern twist with ice-cream or chocolate to name a few) Festival, Harvest (originally looked upon as a celebration of that years crops) as well as Lantern Festival.
Tai Hang roots go back to a time when disease ravaged a local district and they called on the dragon to rid the town of it.
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