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.

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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

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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.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 81mm, evaluative metering

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

17 thoughts on “2011 Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival

  1. There are so much going on around Charlotte this past weekend. The PGA have a Well Fargos Open at Quail Hollow just outside of Charlotte. I notices the weather was really nice over the weekend, because I was glued to TV watching golf yesterday afternoon.

    • seeharhed, I can’t imagine watching TV on the weekend. 🙂

      The weather was real nice, and I’m glad that I was able to make it to the boat race. It’s too bad that my dad and sister couldn’t make it this year, allergy was real bad for them.

      • It is one of those Sundays.. I just didn’t feel like doing anything at all :-). The landscapes of NC are so nice and green at this time of the year. It is perfect time to visit before the humidity starts to kick in.

    • Thanks lisa, I have to stand pretty far and the lens is too long for me. I’ll be happy to shoot with the wide angle lens again, I’m getting it tomorrow. 🙂

  2. Great photos as always, and your descriptions really make this post. Lee’s growing uh?
    I’m intrigued by your statement, “I couldn’t walk that far”. I hope that everything’s OK with you.

    All the best, Boonie

    • Hi Boonie, thanks, Lee is growing up too fast these days. I’m doing good, but try not to lift anything too heavy.

      I visited your blog earlier and the comment section was down. I want to wish Mrs. S a happy birthday. 🙂

      • I’ll pass on your kind wishes to Mrs S. Thanks.
        Blogger’s been having a lot of problems during these last few days.
        Take care.

        All the best, Boonie

        • Glad to see you made it out to see the race this year. 🙂

          And Bo’s new t-shirt was a good choice – “Love, Hope for Japan”. So much problems in the world these days and nice to see a happy event like this form your part of the state.

          • Cambree, this event really brings the community together and it also reminds us of the recent tragic events. I’m glad that I was able to attend this year, now all we have to plan for is Biltmore Estate. 🙂

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