Chinese New Year celebrations, across the world many celebrated with spectacular firework displays. Here in Rotterdam we had very, very loud crackers. Not everyone enjoyed the show.
The Chinese represent one of the oldest immigrant communities in the Netherlands. Arriving around 1890, the numbers grew to several thousand in 1910-1911. Since the Second World War, Chinese immigration into the Netherlands has been on the increase and the combined assets of this group have swelled considerably when compared to those of many larger immigrant communities in the country. Moreover, the Chinese have organized themselves to be able to call for proper attention to be paid to their significance, and particularly to highlight their human and economic potential for both the sending and receiving societies. Their process of socio-economic adaptation collectively reflects how Chinese immigrants have developed themselves in a relatively peaceful and lenient environment.
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Rossignol (2289) 2006-01-31 14:51
What a great people photo!
Looking at the thumbnail in the gallery I couldn't work out what they were doing, but reading your note it all becomes very clear. Great shot, good composition and excellent POV.
tcht (7565) 2006-01-31 14:55
Very interesting compo. Agree with Rossignol's critique very much. Particularlly like the tight crop you chose. And sharpness's superb, too.
Ebbe (9617) 2006-01-31 15:04
A well timed shot but I guessed it was at an air show ;) The way these person do the same thing but all in their own way is a quality of this. Nice line up of skulls along the diagonal, the three on that line sort of gets the main attention.
azuri (1598) 2006-01-31 15:05
Very well captured photo! Great POV and interesting story.
Thanks for sharing, Elaine!
dolin (15647) 2006-01-31 15:38
Très bonne idée cette compo...ca cnage de ce que l'on a pu voir sur ce sujet.
Très bon reflex pour réussir à prendre cette scène.
Vraiment sympa...bien joué.
eleparc (24063) 2006-01-31 17:46
fun shot Elaine! This is very different from what we are posting from the paris parade;-) I can understand them although, living in one of the chinese areas of Paris;-)) I love my double glass window panels!haha!
Bien (4745) 2006-02-01 1:53
Hi Elaine, oh this is lovely! I like the subtle touch of humor and tenderness in this shot. You've chosen a good composition here with every person having the same reaction but in his/her own characterizing way. The smoke of the crackers in the background is a nice detail. Really nice work! I hope someone blocked off your ears while you were holding the camera :) Sabine
PS interesting note!
designsoul (21492) 2006-02-01 15:18
What a marvellous candid shot! One of the very best I have seen of the entire Chinese New Year! You show us "what's behind the scenes", with such humour and tenderness that I am speechless. All in sharp focus and with a beautiful tonality. Wonderfully seen and captured, with an informative note...
PS gr... later
KevRyan (22952) 2006-02-01 17:20
I agree - a great candid shot! Some really nice compositional geometry going on here too. Well I learnt a lesson at the outdoor New Year celebration I went too as I was hit quite roundly in the face by a fire-cracker - it only stung but hit quite close to my eye - next time I stand twice as far away!
tityop (6225) 2006-02-02 3:28
C'est vrai que ça fait un sacré bruit tous ces pétards qui "pétarade" a tout va ;o)
les oreilles en prennent un coup ;o)
Mais qu'est ce ue c'est beau!
Effectivement ça change...
Furachan (0) 2006-02-04 4:16
That is such a fantastic capture, Elaine - your timing was spot on and the tight cropping emphasizes the explosive nature of the moment, the unearable aspect of it really...
ps Wonder how this would look in a nice BW treatment...
Paulo_Cohen (354) 2006-02-06 13:50
Very nice shot - perfect timing
flydragon (0) 2006-02-07 3:43
this is great
no dragon no Lion no dance no red color !!
but this picture is so real and this is also the chinese
this is very well seen ;o)
also a good note thx
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14195)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-31 14:49