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Another year has passed by; Chinese New Year on the 4th Feb, 2011 signals the arrival of the Year of Rabbit after an exciting Year of the Tiger.
Yesterday Chinese New Year Festival celebrates ten years in Wellington !! With Asian market happening at the TSB Arena, filled with delicious Asian foods and authentic craft and merchandise, and information stalls. As well, there were exciting and entertaining stage programmes featuring the Hebei Acrobatic & Magic Group performing throughout the day.
In the afternoon, a street parade featuring Lion Dance started at Courtney Place and moved its way through the Wellington city followed by an outdoor cultural entertainment at the Frank Kitts Park filled with colourful entertainment featuring the diverse community groups of Wellington and international performances from the Hebei Acrobatic Troupe and Magic Group.
Unfortunately, I was only there for part of the day and only caught the end of the parade. Nevertheless, it was an exciting one while I was there.
I was shooting mainly with the Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8 VRII toggled between the TC-14E and TC-20E. With the TC-20E, 2x extender, losing 2 stops of light is significant especially for indoor. At times, I had to shoot at ISO6400, 1/50s, which is too slow for the actions on the stage. So I have to pick my shot carefully, shooting between the pauses. The TC-14E is a bit better, letting me to shoot at f/4 but lacking the reach to give me those close up shot. Having tried with both teleconverters on the day, I must say I prefer the TC-14E for indoor because losing 2 stops of light is too significant for this occasion.
Last but not least, we hope the Year of Rabbit is a prosperous one for everyone. Enjoy some images captured on the day.
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