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Taking the lettuce

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 2 March 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A series of shots taken during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle -Upon-Tyne on 14th. February 2010. Newcastle is our regional capital and is only a few miles along the River Tyne from South Shields, the celebration lasted most of the the day and attracted huge crowds.

Much of the activity centred around Stowell Street which is the cultural base for a large oriental community.

Here the lion accepts the offering of a lettuce, a traditional feature of the dances used in the Chinese New Year festivities. I was on my hands and knees thrusting the camera between another man's legs to get this one!

PENTAX K100D 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 800 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Julie from Easton, United States

Looks like a painting! Brightly colored, and quite an interesting view I bet it was hehe.

2 Mar 2010 5:19am

chuck from valdosta,ga., United States

Mabye call it, ``CAMOFLOUGE``. Different low angle.

2 Mar 2010 5:33am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like the processing work on this and the colors are great!

2 Mar 2010 6:09am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa cette photo

Bonne journée

2 Mar 2010 6:30am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

nice compo well done

2 Mar 2010 7:14am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

The extremes the photographer goes to to get 'that shot'! Well done!

2 Mar 2010 8:09am

Adam from Adelaide, Australia

Amazing angle, and incredible processing as always!

2 Mar 2010 8:27am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

not only an interesting image, but the processing is really fine.

2 Mar 2010 8:36am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Fascinating angle!! Well worth the trouble

2 Mar 2010 8:46am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Fantastic! I love the colours and comp. Very interesting.

2 Mar 2010 8:48am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

cool work
interesting mood

2 Mar 2010 8:56am

Mhélène from Paris, France

very special with the treatment ! A great composition !

2 Mar 2010 9:31am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful Curly !!! Great work :)

2 Mar 2010 9:54am

Luis Rodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

Fantastic work! Well done!

2 Mar 2010 10:19am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

:-DDDD A dragon that goes for the lettuce....:-)))))A raw T-bonesteak would be more obvious....;-)
You could use these arty pics for an exciting comic book story.....!

2 Mar 2010 10:42am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

What we all do for pictures :) Great shot Curly!

2 Mar 2010 11:00am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

very cool - lots of nice textures and colors!

2 Mar 2010 11:35am

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Lettuce? I'm more for spring roll.... Great job Curly!

2 Mar 2010 11:53am

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning, Curly,
the presentation is very interesting and I like color too. It seems several people are under a costume. Is it a dragon?
Nice day and thank you for your comment. Dear greetings Christel

2 Mar 2010 12:04pm

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India


2 Mar 2010 12:14pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pp work on this Curly! Gripping colours! ;-)

2 Mar 2010 12:30pm

Stefano from Cape Coral FL, United States

Very nice

2 Mar 2010 12:32pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Excellent presentation! Great effect too!!

2 Mar 2010 12:46pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Hahaha .. that lion ate a person ... I can see human feet! Must have been a funny sight watching you taking this photo ;) but it was worth the effort, looks great!

2 Mar 2010 1:21pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Another pleasant shot , nice colored, Phil.

2 Mar 2010 1:29pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

PS: Congrats for being on the Spotlight with your post of Feb. 25!

2 Mar 2010 1:46pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

Excellent point of view!

2 Mar 2010 1:58pm

keith from killarney, Ireland

great vision Curly

2 Mar 2010 3:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Your hard work paid off. Surreal!

2 Mar 2010 3:42pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

An image that cries out for HDR treatment. Really well done here. Peter

2 Mar 2010 4:06pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I like the detail, color and the HDR feel of this image, Curly.

2 Mar 2010 4:30pm

Gregory Kowalski from Beijing, China

Hi Curly, thank you for your comments.. It's very hard to comment your work.. for me.
I personally don't like HDR, that's why i can't give you meaningful comment..
I am really sorry about that.. Curly.. I sometimes would try to change it..

2 Mar 2010 4:32pm

@Gregory Kowalski: Take a look tomorrow Greg, all will be revealed.

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

Wow the colors (✿◠‿◠)❤

2 Mar 2010 4:34pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, very nice abstract and real shot, beautiful colors

2 Mar 2010 5:38pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

Great composition!

2 Mar 2010 6:33pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

Beautiful shot

2 Mar 2010 6:38pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

cool shot - the processing gives it a comic book feel to it......I didn't know that dragons ate lettuce!!!

2 Mar 2010 6:41pm

@Chris: It's a lion Chris, lions are operated by two men, dragons by lots more!

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

your are really a creative genius - excellent image, excellent detail, excellent processing - I take my hat off to you and your work! Superb!! :-)

2 Mar 2010 6:50pm

@Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ: Thank you.

tataray from St Laurs, France

Rigolo ! ... De belles couleurs .

2 Mar 2010 7:25pm

Jacqueline from Belgium

An original way to take a photograph ;) The Chinese new year always is very coloured and animated, returned very well on your photograph....

2 Mar 2010 7:47pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

ahahha---I can just picture you crawling between a stranger's legs to get this shot! Well worth it! :)

2 Mar 2010 7:55pm

dang from Atlanta, United States

Nice POV, sometimes it's good to roll on the ground, eh. ;-)

2 Mar 2010 8:20pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

I was a bit distracted with the picture, but after closely looking at it, I know what you're pointing out.

2 Mar 2010 8:31pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

A bit too much contrast making it hard for the eye to understand. I reread your title about the Lettuce and figured out that must be a dragon head down there. I like the HDR on the ground and the building, even the man in the dress pants leg but I think all the glittering gold on the costume gets confusing :) Still a festive shot just a bit of work for me.

2 Mar 2010 8:33pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful! Óne feast of colors,and seen from a great angle!

2 Mar 2010 8:46pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

That is one large amount of color in a small space. It certainly grabs your attention.

2 Mar 2010 9:15pm

Aniya from Tehran, Iran

loely colours

2 Mar 2010 9:37pm

David from Detroit, United States

Amazing colors and textures!

2 Mar 2010 10:20pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

The HDR effect is rather overdone on this and really is far too busy to enjoy.

2 Mar 2010 11:04pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great stuff.

2 Mar 2010 11:06pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

another beauty Curly , I just love the colors and the detail, it just demands to be looked at,, another wow!!

3 Mar 2010 2:19am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting position AND place you put yourself in to capture this shot! It's original in that it is not a typical viewpoint captured by many. While it works well because of all the feet seen here, it was a bit odd to see the guy wearing these tennis shoes in yesterday's photo. They just seemed to be out of place in comparison to the more "formal" costume he was wearing.

3 Mar 2010 3:37am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Now I had some time to enjoy your chinese series!
The way you present them is very unique, most impressive colouring! How much details come to surface in your hdrs is amazing, great series!

3 Mar 2010 8:55am

theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very beautiful realization, good framing, splendid, cheer!

3 Mar 2010 11:23am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

The point of view is very interesting

3 Mar 2010 2:42pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Striking. The hdr works great here.

7 Mar 2010 12:02am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Unique angle and very colorful..lovely work

13 Mar 2010 3:11pm

1/60 second
ISO 800
27 mm (35mm equiv.)