2011 Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival

We attended the 12th Annual Asian Festival and 6th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, NC.  The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. I will post a video when I have more time.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

A moment of silence for victims in Japan.

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Drum rolling for the Traditional Dragon Dance by the Peaceful Dragon Academy.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 200, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

Back in the days, the dragon dance was performed originally by farmers to appease the dragon king so that he would send rain to their parched lands.  The pearl that the dragon chases represents the sun, which means wisdom. This signifies the dragon’s endless pursuit for wisdom (source).

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/7.1, 1/800sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Since I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me I couldn’t capture the whole group, but I’m glad that I was able to get these shots with my telephoto lens.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/7.1, 1/400sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I didn’t get to see the whole cultural program.  This performance was  performed by young Laotian dancers.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 154mm, evaluative metering

There’s a young Laotian dancer sitting in the crowd watching.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 109mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 118mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Chinese Martial Arts demo by Peaceful Dragon.

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Dance from India

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Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 163mm, evaluative metering

She has a beautiful voice, I did do a video clip of her song and will post later.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Miss Asian Festival 2010, I’ve made a separate post for Miss Asian beauty pageant 2011.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Lee took a picture with the Hello Kitty girls.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

As you can see that security is tight.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Lee and Na each got a Henna painting on their hands.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2500sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Bo helped support by buying the t-shirt, definitely a Love, Hope for Japan.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/500sec, ISO 400, focal length 118mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury and in this case for the victims in Japan. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures, and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. source. In that case, it’s a group effort to fold 1000+ paper origami cranes to send over to Japan.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 113mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

One of the best food venues’ chef was Ai No selling Japanese Cuisine.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Bo helped some this year.

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Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Bubble tea was a big hit, I think they sold out before the festival ended.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, focal length 122mm, evaluative metering

Teams waiting for the race.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, focal length 172mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 91mm, evaluative metering

It’s nice and cooler by the lake.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/640sec, ISO 400, focal length 81mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 159mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/20, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/200sec, ISO 400, focal length 163mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 113mm, cropped, evaluative metering

I have to say that we couldn’t have asked for a better weather.  We took a shuttle bus to the festival and on the way back we waited on line for the bus for over an hour, then the line started moving.  I was joking with Lee that we probably have to walk back to our car and sure enough the bus got stuck in the ditch and blocked the traffic.  You can see the rear of the bus at the bottom right hand corner of the picture and people heading back to their car walking.  They said it’s a 15 minutes walk. I couldn’t walk that far, so Bo went to get the car and came back to pick us up. That was fun.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 122mm, evaluative metering

2011 Asian Festival – Miss Asia Carolinas

These were the beauty contestants for Miss Asia Carolinas at the Asian Festival this year. I’ve missed a few taking photos, and I hope that I had captured all the beauty contestants in my video.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 180mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/7.1, 1/20sec, ISO 200, focal length 180mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 109mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 84mm, evaluative metering

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Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 81mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 149mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 113mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 168mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 122mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 81mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 91mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 184mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

I didn’t get to the crowning and the winner was Miss Philippines.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering