North Carolina Hmong New Year 2012-2013

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We went to the North Carolina Hmong New Year on Saturday, it was cold and dusty and we were there for 2 hours.  They had a good turnout, we parked toward the back.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22 at 1/30sec, 24mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22 at 1/25sec, 95mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/80sec, 35mm, ISO-100

I was trying to take a picture of my dessert and Lee thought she had to be in the picture.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/500sec, 24mm, ISO-100

I switched to the telephoto lens to shoot the video and still had the lens mounted when I took the rest of these images.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/800sec, 70mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/13 at 1/160sec, 131mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/320sec, 149mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/400sec, 149mm, ISO-100, cropped

I asked to photograph their picture and they were very nice.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/640sec, EB-0.3step, 91mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/800sec, EB-0.3step, 168mm, ISO-100

Canon 5DMkIII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/500sec, EB-0.3step, 81mm, ISO-100

North Carolina Hmong New Year 2011-2012

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Hmong New Year celebration falls on the week of Thanksgiving in North Carolina, we went on the third day (Saturday) and they had a good turnout.  This is the first time my dad attended the event with us and senior citizens over the age of 65 get in for free, so my dad didn’t have to pay.  The ticket is $3 per person and Sunday is the last day.

When we got there my camera acted kind of funny, I think it was dirty.  I tried to clean the body and lens the best that I could without having a proper cleaning kit. It worked for awhile and kept quitting on me, the strange thing was that the video feature worked just fine. This is the first time I came back from an event with a handful of photos. I manually cleaned the camera sensor when I got home, and it seems to work for now.

Lee in her Hmong outfit.

I ran into Mozemoua on my way out, I didn’t know at the time if my camera would take this picture.  I’m glad it did and turned out okay. I was glad to see her again, I met her for the first time last year at the Hmong New Year. She had made the Hmong outfit for Lee.

This must be new fashion, I asked to take her photo and she was more than happy to pose for me.

He also wanted his picture taken.

I posted this information last year. During the Hmong New Year celebration, the Hmong ball tossing game pov pob is a common activity for adolescents, but I noticed that older couples also play this game as well. Boys and girls form two separate lines in pairs that are directly facing one another. Girls can ball toss with other girls or boys, but boys cannot ball toss with other boys. It is also taboo to toss the ball to someone of the same clan. The pairs toss a cloth ball back and forth, until one member drops the ball. If a player drops or misses the ball, an ornament or item is given to the opposite player in the pair. Ornaments are recovered by singing love songs (hais kwv txhiaj) to the opposite player. (Source and to read more about the Hmong New Year) I’m not sure if the gifts and the singing of love songs are still practiced in America.

We bought some fresh fruits on the way out.

Rice Paddy August 12, 2011

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This is going into the twelve week of rice planting. The rice paddy sits near a busy road and the sound of cars passing by was real loud that I had to mute the video clips this time. I was on my way to work Friday morning and saw that they were already out there harvesting and worked late into the evening.

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

It is the second week of harvesting, and the aroma of the rice crops are so nice.

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

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 109mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 159mm, evaluative metering

Some sections are still too young to harvest.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 94mm, evaluative metering

They have a huge garden in their backyard and also raise their own chicken.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

The rice paddy is a healthy habitat for the little critters and it’s a bug life out there.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/125sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

This one is a strange looking grasshopper.

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

The garden spider is still there from last week.

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

The damselflies normally come out late evening and they are so tiny and could easily be missed.

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

I almost didn’t see this one.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 118mm, evaluative metering

I Google for the name of this moth and couldn’t find any that would ID it.  I think it is an orange leopard moth and has a beautiful burnt orange color.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 180mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering