A Beautiful Day – The Latin Parade

Photography

The Latin Parade (Parade through Macao, Latin City) I came across on TV for the last two years had kept me wanting to make a visit there. It’s the narrow streets, the remaining European architectures making it a fantastic theme and location to interact with the audience in close proximity. The route was foreign to me as a visitor who had been there only a few times. I did not prepare at all before I got there, except pre-loading parts of Macao map from the Google Map on my phone. I got lost for 30 minutes. It was not helpful until I picked up a map of the parade on the ground. My destination was to the finale performance, main stage.

The crowd at the Ruins of St. Paul was as much as I’ve experience in Hong Kong during any special events. I picked up a cone of Turkish ice-cream just to keep myself thinking straight. It was a 30 minute walk to the main stage at the end of the parade route. As much as I thought I would miss the parade, I found people gathered on a back street. There was the parade! Fortunately I did not miss any of it.

The final performance was the entire parade’s highlight. Almost each groups (international/local) got chances to perform. The stage could be viewed from all angle. Audience could gather around the stage. I really enjoyed it with all different cultures come together to celebrate the handover of Macao to China. The aerobic performer hanging underneath the floating balloons surprised me. I thought she was only flying toward the stage from distance. She actually floated around half of the stage over us!

I could not leave Macao without my stomach empty. My once-a-year Portuguese cuisine fix left me happy, and pocket empty. As soon as I got out of the restaurant, there’s the firework in the sky. It was a beautiful day.

To the usual point of interest
Christmas in Macao
Charms
Streets
Temple
Jesus
Lady of Air
Candles
Jewels
Appreciation
Keep it all together
Spanish Dancer
Spanish Dancer
Bolivian Dancer
Bubbles
Blow together
Yes
Drink up
Wine in the air
Chinese Opera
Chinese Opera
Chinese Opera
Chinese Opera
The Puppets
Italian Flag Dance
Audience
The Aerobic floating around the stageGiant Puppet
Couples at night
The Little Europe

Screw the weather

Photography

It’s odd to have rain in winter here. Historically there wasn’t any, not for a whole week.
Funky Dude

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Not a deadly bus crash

Man

I was having this thought when I had a chance going from one camera to another during the week.

$600 camera, $600 photo. Then a $2000 camera, $2000 photo?

Walking Cat

My table

Where's mom

Indonesian ladies

Pigeons

Follow the signal

We all know the answer is ‘No!’. Deep inside me, it’s always echoing me to shoot photos that worth the price. It’s one of the reasons I liked the idea of using one camera. I just won’t compare.

This set contains photos from my GRD, shot from the end of September to this month. Here and there…especially when it feels like raining..

 

Clueless, out searching for the invisible me.

Photography

Early Autumn Leaves

Fallen Bird

Early Sunset

Happy Kids - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Make a wish - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Giant Illuminated Structure - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Lanterns inside the Giant Globe Structure

Head Home

This set comes from the holiday during the Mid-Autumn Festival at the end of September. All taken with GRD.

Many of you have noticed. I had not done any ‘in your face’ type of close up street photography. I want to be invisible. I want to capture people and things without alarming  anyone. I could run up to just about anyone to get the street portrait. I found I’m not getting the interaction of the people and the environment, in other words i want to put it,  the harmony from them. This set is more about me searching and seeing things. Only a shot or two has to do with the subject interacting with their surroundings. It’s cool to have a few ‘in your face’ shots in my series once in a while. Just not unless it’s absolutely necessary all the time.

By all means, I may still be invisible at the time I’m standing right in front of my subject. With the right timing, direction, distraction, we could pull this off still.

To be invisible, it’s all about learning about your positioning (blend in the crowd, approach from the side, etc). Be calm at all time, very calm. Just as if you’re not shooting your subject (with a little acting). The more you try, the more sucesses you’d do. Everyone has their way of doing it.

My tip is to be clueless. Blank. By not thinking about anything, you’d just focus on what’s in the frame regarding the distance whether near or far from your subject. Anything happen after the shot is not relevant. It becomes history, either you get the shot or miss it. It doesn’t matter. Keep the cycle and rhythm going.

Headed out shooting on saturday. It was not a pleasant day i must say. I was very disappointed with the auto LCD off timer on my X2. Yes, it continued to bug me. With a little struggle and some slow down on my daily captures, plus this BS 1 min (or 30 sec) LCD off timer. I missed shots. (For those who do not know, the LCD off timer would put the X2 on standby mode which requires waking it up prior shooting). How am I going to get ready when something suddenly shows up in front of me?

I was frustrated enough, I stayed home the day after. Rather than sitting on my butt, I had sent an email to the Leica Customer Service. The odds of getting my message across to the right department is questionable. At least I’d done my best to hopefully get a firmware fix very soon.

I’m VERY surprised that none of the online camera reviewers have not pointed this out YET. It might be my self pity clumsiness as well as my poor english not catching that in their comprehensive reviews.

Am I missing my Fuji X100?
For the auto LCD off reason. Yes…I would have waited until the next firmware updates, so that I could still use the X100 in my business trip to Macao. I believe in fate. If I ended up with the X2, I must either overcome for now and meanwhile wait for the future firmware update.

Now I’m deciding between X2 and GRD. I’m sure the GRD would do just perfectly fine. But I want to take this chance (5 days, 4 evenings), to allow myself discover and pursuit the beauty of Macao with the best quality from Leica. It’d also be an excellent opportunity to put myself in the shoe as a photographer, sort of? I’m anxious to see if I could be able to pull this off with a little patience handling the camera. Am I willing to take risks of missing shots? While my subconscious mind is telling me to go with the camera I trust the most.

I got 3 more days to decide…