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The year of the snake

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 11 February 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle Upon Tyne yesterday as the dragon snakes its way down Stowell Street. Processed using the Lucis Arts plug in. For some unkown reason the crowds were absolutely MASSIVE this year, the threatened snow did not materialise and it was extremely difficult to find good shooting positions and conditions. Most of my shots were not clever, no more than "snaps", but at least I managed to record some of the event with "MIssy" by my side. We couldn't stay all day because we needed to be back to the hospital in South Shields.


My wife has been admitted to hospital with a terminal illness and I have two children and a part time job to look after. I have pre-posted pictures up until Sunday, not sure when I will be back on a regular daily basis. Just hoping that it won't be too long.

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ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Wow, there really are more than enough people taking part of these celebrations! Nice shot.

11 Feb 2013 5:48am

@ursulakatariina: Unbelievably busy in Newcastle yesterday, major road closures didn't help in getting there either.

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely colourful capture...happy your dear one was with you for a while in your outing. I am sure before long, she's going to be out of the hospital !!!

11 Feb 2013 5:48am

@Devi: Missy couldn't enjoy it as much as previous years, she couldn't see a lot of what was going on.

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très sympa

Bonne journée

11 Feb 2013 6:12am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Madness! I guess the Year of the Water Snake is something to celebrate!

11 Feb 2013 7:02am

@Mooie: Very large oriental community in Newcastle, they have a great day of entertainment for everyone.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture 5****

11 Feb 2013 7:13am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great image Curly

11 Feb 2013 7:51am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful colors..

11 Feb 2013 8:05am

David from Avranches, France

Now that's a celebration.

11 Feb 2013 8:14am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent traitement, superbe rendu. Bonne journée.

11 Feb 2013 8:21am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

be careful, it bytes!

11 Feb 2013 8:56am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

That really was a big crowd. It would have hampered the dragon's dance.

11 Feb 2013 9:11am

@Lai Chan See: I don't know how they managed it, but somehow they did.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lots of people. excellent processing

11 Feb 2013 9:58am

Navin Harish from Noida, India

The HDR is giving this shot a 3D look. Well done

11 Feb 2013 10:54am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A great shot, it certainly captures the atmosphere, crowds and colour

11 Feb 2013 11:01am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Looks good to me, not much into snakes though:)
Bless you guys stay busy maybe it will help, we're all
believing for you guys to be strong in this.

11 Feb 2013 11:12am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful to see how Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the world!

11 Feb 2013 11:15am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

These issues that I have only seen on your site I really like. They are like fragments of stories in comic ... Wonderful! Best regards, Adela

11 Feb 2013 1:08pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Wonderful, beautiful shot and a superb treatment. It is always very impressive the Chinese New Year, I like a lot.
Have a good week.

11 Feb 2013 2:13pm

marc from granby, Canada

Great atmosphere here,very nice shot Steven.

11 Feb 2013 2:51pm

marc from granby, Canada

oup ! sorry Curly

11 Feb 2013 2:55pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

So glad you and Missy managed to enjoy this together, What a turn out, wishing you both my best wishes.

11 Feb 2013 3:31pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Good that you are out with Missy, doing "Normal" things, in an abnormal time

11 Feb 2013 4:27pm

Mandar from Kudal, India

Enter The Dragon.......

11 Feb 2013 4:28pm

jean pierre from paris, France

il y a foule!!! amitié

11 Feb 2013 4:30pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Cool processing to produce excellent details and colour definition. Lots to keep the eye engaged too.

11 Feb 2013 4:50pm

STEED from D, France

Well done,Friend !!!!! When will you create your first book ? Great Style !!!!

11 Feb 2013 6:12pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Fantastic colours and mood! An excellent image!*****

11 Feb 2013 6:21pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully colourful HDR shot Curly! ;-)

11 Feb 2013 7:39pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Looks a good day, nice the casino sponsored them, wonder why they picked chinese celebrations to support?

11 Feb 2013 8:18pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really super shot

11 Feb 2013 9:21pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Well captured, Curly ... love the 'snake' and that young tyke sitting on his father's head. Glad Missy and you got out for some fresh air.

11 Feb 2013 9:54pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great shot Curly. Our Chinese New Year's Parade will be in two weeks.

11 Feb 2013 10:05pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! I am glad that you and Missy got out for a short time.

12 Feb 2013 12:28am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Now you've captured the mood of the day! Just love the excitement of the children!:-) Fabulous POV and framing!

12 Feb 2013 2:20am

L'angevine from Angers, France

super l'effet

12 Feb 2013 3:52pm

helys from Paris, France

So beautiful details and colors

13 Feb 2013 1:40pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

This is a fantastic shot ! I love the processing, it seems to work pretty well, it's interesting and I do hope things go well for you.

14 Feb 2013 2:22am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I learned there is a big Chinese community in the UK. Great shot.

14 Feb 2013 9:20am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Another cool capt. and process. I like the mix of cultures in the crowd always. Is good.

25 Feb 2013 5:17pm

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T├Ęcnica perfecta by Adela Fonts

1/350 second
ISO 800
27 mm (35mm equiv.)