2011 Guangzhou Liede Dragon Boats Gathering/2011廣州獵德扒龍舟

February 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

While China’s dragon boat festival and race is well known around the world, it’s offspring,  “Lie De Pa Long Zhou” (literal translation: dragon boats gathering at Lie De) has been a traditional folk custom event held annually on the river of the Lie De village in Guangzhou, China, on the very day of dragon boat festival. it has a history of at least 800 years, and it has been a very important part of cultural landscape for the city of Guangzhou, even Southern China up to today.  Instead of the dragon boats from different villages racing against each others, Pa Long Zhou has been more of a “carnival on water”where boats from different nearby villages are “well-dressed” and shown off.  loud drum beat and firecrackers are integral part of the event.  it’s fun, load, and very vivid.

this set of photos were taken during the 2011 event. it was an overcast and later drizzling day, and the even light might provide less drama to the overall setting, it casted very soft shadows on objects and people.  Less dynamic range also ensured we could get more details in the shaded and highlighted areas.  However, an overcast day is not without its challenges, one being not sufficient light may require a fast lens and another one is that the flat light would result in lack of dimensions on the subjects, which could be dealt with adding off-camera flash light, or using a reflector.  I had a 70-200/f2.8 lens that day and that solved the first problem, but obviously it was practically impossible to set up off-camera flash or using a reflector in that situation.  I had to add additional contrast to the subjects, especially for people shots in the post processing.

    中國的端午節和賽龍舟已經爲世界所熟悉,但廣州“獵德扒龍舟”對于許多對廣州不熟悉的人來說還是很陌生的。 獵德扒龍舟已有至少800多年的曆史,至今還是廣州民俗文化,甚至嶺南文化中一個重要的組成部分。網友張二畝是這樣描述這個活動的:

    中國廣東省廣州市獵德村(圖片說明)獵德村是廣州市天河區的城中村,農曆五月初五端午節扒龍舟,在獵德已有900年曆史,而村民延續的扒龍舟習俗起碼有800年,是廣州獨具特色的文化傳統。獵德扒龍舟,不是競爭激烈的龍舟比賽而是“遊龍探親”,它只是民間各鄉村之間的一種相互拜訪,四周走親戚的一種傳統活動!雖說是探親,但真正有親戚關系的可能已經是上幾代之前的事了,一直流傳下來更多是各村對曆史的尊重和對傳統文化繼續發揚的使命。獵德的龍舟從農曆五月初一到初五,每日都有固定的村要去探親,人家也會來拜訪。初五是端午節,也是最多龍舟來獵德村探親的一天。最讓人震撼的場面是探親的龍舟進村,密密麻麻,見縫就鑽,爭先恐後,鑼鼓聲、鞭炮聲、吹哨聲、嘿喲聲,此起彼伏,仿佛又一場三國的“赤壁大戰”在上演。。。

    這組是于2011年端午節拍攝。 拍攝當天陰轉小雨。 陰天的平光也許缺少一些戲劇性,但卻讓拍攝主體上的陰影非常柔和,而陰天的低光比讓鏡頭更容易捕捉到陰影和高光處的豐富細節。  然而陰天的平光也具有一定的挑戰:1)不足的光線需要用大光圈鏡頭以保證足夠的手持快門速度;2)平光會讓拍攝主體缺乏立體感,這時需要使用人工光源,反光板,或者後期來強調陰影加強對比。  我那天使用的是70~200/f2.8的鏡頭,光圈全開差不多夠用。 而當時的擁擠,廟會一般情景讓使用離機閃光燈或反光板變的不可能。 所以我在後期中加大了原片的對比度。


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