Today 12th September 2011 is Mid Autumn Festival for Chinese. Candles are use to light up lanterns, but playing with candles are more fun than playing lanterns for these children. This photo shoot at an event 1Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2011 at Centre Market.
Workshop Photo : Another Photo
Workshop Photo 2 : Children with Lanterns
******* Mid Autumn Festival ***********
The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese people. Dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty, it was first called Zhongqiu Jie (literally "Mid-Autumn Festival") in the Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties. The Chinese festival is very traditional and a great way to celebrate.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Spring Festival and Winter Solstice, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the fall harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e
Erect the Mid-Autumn Festival.(树中秋，竖中秋，in China,树 and 竖 are homophones）It is not about planting trees but hanging lanterns on the bamboo pole and putting them on a high point, such as roofs, trees, terraces, etc. It is a custom in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc.
Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
Shops selling mooncakes before the festival often display pictures of Chang'e floating to the moon.
***** The Legend Of Mid Autumn Festival ******
Houyi and Chang'eMain articles: Houyi and Chang'e
Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival is strongly associated with the legend of Houyi and Chang'e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. Tradition places these two figures from Chinese mythology at around 2200 BCE, during the reign of the legendary Emperor Yao, shortly after that of Huangdi. Unlike many lunar deities in other cultures who personify the moon, Chang'e simply lives on the moon but is not the moon per se.
There are many variants and adaptations of the legend of Chang'e that frequently contradict each other. However, most versions of the legend involve some variation of the following elements: Houyi, the Archer, an emperor, either benevolent or malevolent, and an elixir of life.
One version of the legend states that Houyi was an immortal and Chang'e was a beautiful young girl, working in the palace of the Jade Emperor (the Emperor of Heaven, 玉帝 pinyin:Yùdì) as an attendant to the Queen Mother of the West (the Jade Emperor's wife). Houyi aroused the jealousy of the other immortals, who then slandered him before the Jade Emperor. Houyi and his wife, Chang'e, were subsequently banished from heaven. They were forced to live on Earth. Houyi had to hunt to survive and became a skilled and famous archer.
At that time, there were ten suns, in the form of three-legged birds, residing in a mulberry tree in the eastern sea. Each day one of the sun birds would have to travel around the world on a carriage, driven by Xihe, the 'mother' of the suns. One day, all ten of the suns circled together, causing the Earth to burn. Emperor Yao, the Emperor of China, commanded Houyi to use his archery skill to shoot down all but one of the suns. Upon completion of his task, the Emperor rewarded Houyi with a pill that granted eternal life. Emperor Yao advised Houyi not to swallow the pill immediately but instead to prepare himself by praying and fasting for a year before taking it. Houyi took the pill home and hid it under a rafter. One day, Houyi was summoned away again by Emperor Yao. During her husband's absence, Chang'e, noticed a white beam of light beckoning from the rafters, and discovered the pill. Chang'e swallowed it and immediately found that she could fly. Houyi returned home, realizing what had happened he began to reprimand his wife. Chang'e escaped by flying out the window into the sky.
Houyi pursued her halfway across the heavens but was forced to return to Earth because of strong winds. Chang'e reached the moon, where she coughed up part of the pill. Chang'e commanded the hare that lived on the moon to make another pill. Chang'e would then be able to return to Earth and her husband.
The legend states that the hare is still pounding herbs, trying to make the pill. Houyi built himself a palace in the sun, representing "Yang" (the male principle), in contrast to Chang'e's home on the moon which represents "Yin" (the female principle). Once a year, on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Houyi visits his wife. That is the reason why the moon is very full and beautiful on that night.
This description appears in written form in two Western Han dynasty (206 BC-24 AD) collections; Shan Hai Jing, the Classic of the Mountains and Seas and Huainanzi, a philosophical classic.
Another version of the legend, similar to the one above, differs in saying that Chang'e swallowed the pill of immortality because Peng, one of Houyi's many apprentice archers, tried to force her to give the pill to him. Knowing that she could not fight off Peng, Chang'e had no choice but to swallow the pill herself.
Other versions say that Houyi and Chang'e were still immortals living in heaven at the time that Houyi killed nine of the suns. The sun birds were the sons of the Jade Emperor, who punished Houyi and Chang'e by forcing them to live on Earth as mortals. Seeing that Chang'e felt extremely miserable over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to find the pill that would restore it. At the end of his quest, he met the Queen Mother of the West, who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person would only need half a pill to regain immortality. Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case, and then left home for a while. Like Pandora in Greek mythology, Chang'e became curious. She opened up the case and found the pill, just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous that Houyi would catch her, discovering the contents of the case, she accidentally swallowed the entire pill, and started to float into the sky because of the overdose.
Some versions of the legend do not refer to Houyi or Chang'e as having previously been immortals and initially present them as mortals instead.
There are also versions of the story in which Houyi was made king as a reward for killing nine of the suns and saving the people. However, King Houyi became a despot who either stole a pill of immortality from the Queen Mother of the West or learned that he could make such a pill by grinding up the body of a different adolescent boy every night for a hundred nights. Chang'e stole the pill and swallowed it herself, either to stop more boys being killed or to prevent her husband's tyrannical rule from lasting forever.
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batalay (40523) 2011-09-11 20:44
A truly magical shot, with an extraordinarily rich note. Thank you for sharing both.
serp2000 (45970) 2011-09-11 22:36
Very very interesting note and outstanding photo! My congratulations, Ally!
Excellent PoV, splendid colours, fine crop. and nice frame.
zipekci (341) 2011-09-11 22:59
warm and very beautiful shot with informative note.congratulation.
danyy (0) 2011-09-12 0:13
un jeu exceptionnel avec ces lumières difficiles, un temps de pose qui fixe bien le moment, c'était délicat à évaluer. J'aime aussi le POV en hauteur, moment magique de lumières.
KevRyan (22956) 2011-09-12 0:32
The little vignette within the vignette at the top left of the photograph is delightful....I like the tight crop and sense of intimacy provided by the square format Ally and the light and contrast provide a unique visual impression....it is as if the candles are squeezing the children into a smaller and smaller space but their fascination and involvement as they are drawn closer together is entirely on the bewitching beauty of the flames. Thanks for the comprehensive notes too. bw Kev
p.s. I use vignette in the literary sense - Vignette (literature), short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a particular insight into a character, idea, or setting. A opposed to: Vignetting in photography, any process by which there is loss in clarity towards the corners and sides of an image. Your image does the opposite! ;-)
BennyV (20733) 2011-09-12 2:37
Atmospheric shot with a great circular movement towards the top left corner. Good spontaneous colours too.
jmdias (69298) 2011-09-12 2:43
very beautiful image, the children looks like playing between stars. nice, framing and good job with a difficult light, TFS.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-09-12 5:15
Muito bonita esta tua foto nocturna neste festival com estas crianças a brincar com estas velas , gostei muito dos WS , bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Juzo (4231) 2011-09-12 5:50
The rich tones and deep contrasts really bring something intimate out here. Quite a beautiful shot.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2011-09-12 10:22
These candles create a magnificent light on faces and members. The composition is skillfully made, gathering the children in arc around the center. I like ws also. One great beauty, an excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dip (23892) 2011-09-12 11:02
a wonderful image with excellent lighting!
good choice of viewing angle,very good sharpness and an informative note as well!
thanks for sharing,
PaulVDV (32749) 2011-09-12 22:49
Excellent capture of this magical moment for the children!
Very good light management and composition with the children in a half circle around the candles.
Best regards, Paul
fritzi007 (12518) 2011-09-13 3:02
really a nice picture with very good comment, congratulations!
ManuMay (36299) 2011-09-13 3:14
Sweet and nice capture...light management is really superb here, as point of view choosen, excellent composition indeed...this is really a wonderful photowork!
papagolf21 (110446) 2011-09-13 4:53
Bonjour, chère Ally,
Un grand merci pour ces photographies très réussies et très intéressantes.
Us et coutumes, traditions, c'est bien de conserver tout cela pour les jeunes et moins jeunes.
Très intéressante note d'accompagnement.
Félicitations pour la réussite générale.
Kielia (24077) 2011-09-13 4:57
a very interesting note is accompanying this wonderful - almost fairytale like - impression of the festival. YOur POV works very well and the management of the light is outstanding. Excellent photo work!
pajaran (66378) 2011-09-13 7:42
Nalazim se kod majke u Nisu, koristim kompjuter bratanice.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar trenutak sa decom koje pale svece, lepa fotografija.
Dobar nocni snimak i rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
yeln (11516) 2011-09-13 22:56
zelo dobra ideja in odlična realizacija z lepo ostrino in toplimi barvami!! TFS!
lep dan, vojko
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-09-14 2:17
a nice catch indeed. The festive mood is nicely displayed. Great light management and adequate sharpness. Like the dreamy atmosphere very much. A superb-shot. Tfs.
Atousa (7131) 2011-09-14 6:01
An interesting shot of this festival showing the children playing with the candles.. great light management n nice framing.. I like its happy atmosphere too.. well done.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-14 8:59
A very interesting note and an excellent shot with a POV well selecetd an a composition well balanced with the children well off-centred. The coloured elements and the lights arise very well in the black of the BG. Excellent and interesting post.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-09-14 10:32
This very beautiful image with excellent light management, very original and interesting.
Urs (14082) 2011-09-14 17:16
This year I missed the mid autumn festival due to bad weather in Alor Star, rain and haze. For that reason I like your very pleasing shot even more. The POV is very well selected showing the action from a more unusual position. Good light management and fine details. Well done
abmdsudi (58302) 2011-09-15 5:39
The light show is wonderful and nice note to go along with it and a lot of atmosphere too. Like your composition as the children are well spread around the lighted candles which turn the image together more harmoniously in an cheerful colours and cheerful smiles. Superb exposure and well detailed perfect for the evening full of joy and the image just oozes the warm night. It's a decent grab shot, an excellent candid. Congrats
humayun (3105) 2011-09-15 11:37
very nice view,,,,,,,,,
pov is nice also..........
sacimar (29017) 2011-09-16 4:23
beautiful image of this festival, I like the light management, the atmosphere of the picture is excellent, well captured and good complementary photos,
jafadabret (56501) 2011-09-16 10:29
Les deux photos des enfants jouant avec des bougies au sol sont magnifique. J'aime la composition et l'attitude émerveillée des enfants.
danos (103216) 2011-09-17 9:02
beautiful the image with the whole scenery to looks like as a postcard. Excellen the light and the colour mannagement as the surrounded peaple to light on the cadles.
jemaflor (103719) 2011-09-18 8:22
Nice light capture, interesting effect from this pov, well presented, tfs.
s_lush (16602) 2011-09-21 0:04
This is a very interesting, colorful and beautiful scene representing special festive and creative atmosphere of the festival excellently. A simply wonderful picture!
Graal (103038) 2011-09-26 23:16
good reportage from Festival. Amazing effect and image. Pleasant warm hues. Nice lights and complementary WS. Well note also.
Have a nice day.
adramad (50002) 2011-10-01 10:23
After a few weeks away on vacation, I am again active in TE.
Wonderful image with the added charm of these children so as actively participating in the festival, I love the nice contrast of shadows and lights.
Perfect sharpness of the image with a natural and ideal color. Different and great job.
Good weekend. Best regards.
kato (11630) 2011-10-10 21:13
You're capturing well this festival by a good composition and very excellent clarity/tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see the spectacle that children are playing with candles. In the case of this photograph, the black keynote is functioning effectively. Arrangement of children and candles is caught well. It is effective that children are sitting on circle form especially.
And, the laughter face of the girl who is sitting on the second from the left is impressive.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-18 9:30
A what a nice ritual..we here in India also follow this kind of ritual..Its called Diali..
But this image is very sharp ( good and original POV ) nice crisp night shot.
adores (46419) 2011-11-07 15:43
A good shot! I like the atmosphere, with all these candles and the children around. Good exposure!
daddo (28164) 2011-11-13 19:21
Hi Ally. lovely scene filled with magic and charm. Reminds me of the time when my boys were little and we were in Malaysia with relatives during the lantern festival. Great fun for the children.it's lovely how the children form a symmetrical arc when viewed from the bottom left corner.Top job. Best wishes. Klaudio.
Didi (60590) 2012-01-19 10:13
Very nice scene with a very good management of lights
Thank's for not using the flash :)
fabbs99 (17179) 2012-11-22 4:01
This night shot is very pleasing to the eyes with children playing with candles.
The good luminosity of the candles is bringing out the beauty of the colors.
Creative and unique composition.Very well done.TFS.
- Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) (20548)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-10
- Categories: Festivals, Event
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Mes favorites (suite) III [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-11 19:38