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Chinese New Year Parade 2013

Chinese New Year is fast approaching... and therefore it's time for fire crackers and colourful dragons. The Chinese New Year Parade hosted by The City of Sydney Council is back on along the streets of Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of City of Sydney

Like previous years, the parade will include floats, dancers, acrobats, martial artists and of course the dragons. It would be an ideal opportunity to take some night photography shots full of colour and action.

The parade starts at 8:00pm from Town Hall, travelling along George St before turning into China Town and ending at Cockle Bay for the fireworks. But these events tend to be packed.

The plan will be to meet at The Star Hotel at 6:00pm before the event to get a quick drink. We will scope out the situation (ie where to camp several photographers with the best position of the parade possible). Most likely we will again get prime positions on the corner of Sussex and Goulburn St once they block off the road to traffic.

For more information, visit the website

http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

 

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  • ajit c.

    amazing i had not seen in my life too much colorful activates it is challenging to shot in heavy crowd hard to get spot after seeing result of photo on site it is amazing colorful result .

    March 8, 2013

  • Richie

    Hey Nelson, at least you still got to see the parade and get some awesome shots, no matter the situation. That's all part of the challenge of photography. Whether it's challenging low light in a crowd or perfect lighting in a studio, you make the most of the conditions you are faced and take the best shot possible with the equipment that you have... Now we just have to teach you how to read a map...

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Nelson L.

      Haha, more like how not to skim read!

      February 21, 2013

  • Nelson L.

    I just met Elli at another meetup and she told me that it was at The Star Hotel in Chinatown...I went to The Star casino hotel so no wonder I didn't find anyone!! Ooops.

    2 · February 20, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Couldn't have said it better, Peter. Still, glad I experienced one.

    February 20, 2013

  • Peter D.

    The parade started late and became repetitive, however it was good photographic material and challenging in low light.

    February 20, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Nelson, it's all about timing.and having the right camera strap! I got to the Star hotel right on 6 and scoped out the place. Shooters thin on the ground so peering hard I spied a vivacious lady with CANON emblazoned on her neck strap. I asked and sure enough she was a photog and then we started to cluster like an amoeba ! Thing is when Richie turned up from his Darling Harbour class , the assembled throng ( approx 20) didn't hang around long after Richie warned them of the non photographic hordes about to descend on his recommended corner of Chinatown. Cheryl, Jeff and myself walked about 4 paces from the pub and set up on that corner behind a very loud Korean man and his family. Stayed there until back pain and boredom set in about 9.30 ish. Jeff and Cheryl still happily shooting. Got out of the crowd much easier than anticipated but buses were dreadfully inadequate for such a big occasion.

    2 · February 19, 2013

    • Nelson L.

      Haha, I usually flip my Nikon strap over so that it's not so conspicuous! It was my fault as I turned up late...ended up heading back to Sussex St which was absolutely crowded by then but I somehow managed to luckily score a front row spot at 7.30pm :)

      February 19, 2013

  • tony h.

    missed everyone and got caught in huge crowds but nevertheless enjoyed the night.

    February 19, 2013

  • Nelson L.

    It was a shame I didn't find anyone but had a lot of fun last night. Didn't want to spam the feed here so I've posted my pics to my website at http://snipurl.com/26ezgee or my Instagram account lookingglasspho. Hope to catch some of you at the next meetup!

    February 18, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Jenny, don't worry. Even an old pro like me whose used to shooting kick boxing at the Ent Cent found the lighting conditions and the rapid movement very trying. Notch it up to experience.

    February 18, 2013

  • Richie

    Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!! Hope you all enjoyed the night. Amongst the packed crowds, hopefully you all were entertained in some way or form...

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love the dragon and lion dance...some of the performances left me speechless...but it was quite an experience but maybe I expected too much. Took some nice photos, dragons were awesome

    February 18, 2013

  • cheryl

    a noisy and colourful event

    February 18, 2013

  • Warren

    I will be at this one to return someone Ray Bans

    1 · January 27, 2013

    • Justin W.

      Hi Warren, I didn't see you at this meetup yesterday. Could you please call or text me to arrange pickup or delivery of my Ray Bans (I'm happy to pay for a courier). Thanks for holding on to them! -[masked]

      February 18, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Crowded, running late, tired but glad I saw it

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! I didn't meet anyone ... next time.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great spectacle, had everything colour, excitement, fireworks and movement. It certainly wasnt to be missed.

    February 17, 2013

  • Jorja

    Had a great time meeting people tonight as well as people I met at other meetup's.

    February 17, 2013

  • Ken

    Sorry can't make it. Have fun guys!!

    February 17, 2013

  • Helen M.

    very sorry was not able to make it ... broke my toe...

    February 17, 2013

  • Nelson L.

    Is everyone still here? Can't seem to find you...and which door are you at? (There are 3 different parts to the hotel)

    February 17, 2013

    • Barry

      We are scattered along Sussex st look for ppl with cameras (some with pro equipment)

      February 17, 2013

    • Nelson L.

      Thanks Barry...will keep a look out for you guys :)

      February 17, 2013

  • Dean

    Anyone still here? I'm a Little late

    February 17, 2013

  • Barry

    We are near the door

    February 17, 2013

  • Emil

    Sorry the flu will kill me I'm not able to make it

    February 17, 2013

  • Fleur

    Sorry guys something came up!

    February 17, 2013

  • Kat

    Sorry, got a nasty cold so not able to make. Was looking fwd to tonight as well :-(

    February 17, 2013

  • Jorja

    Yes, mine says that also, will take rain gear as well

    February 17, 2013

  • Jorja

    Yes, mine says that also, will take rain gear as well

    February 17, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Jorja , my IPhone says the weather will be fine. You can always hop on a bus or make the dash to Central station if the skies open up. Cheers MJC

    February 17, 2013

  • Jorja

    All that I am hoping tomorrow is that it is not raining for the parade. I won't be attending in the rain I don't think

    February 16, 2013

  • Creative Currency C.

    I've just purchased a Nikon D3200 and only have a 55 mm lens (so guess I'll be trying to get up and personal with the Chinese New Year parade). I'm looking forward to shooting raw. I've just purchased an imac pro retina laptop. If anyone has one of those would love some advice on best photo apps. Looking forward to meeting some other photographers.

    Emma

    February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's long, I'll probably be shooting down to 10mm. It will be a good exercise if you are a beginner, learning the angle of view that a fixed lens affords allows you to very quickly "see" a photo before you peer into the finder.

      February 16, 2013

    • Creative Currency C.

      Thanks Rob, I am a beginner so this will be excellent practice. Mike thanks for the photo, might have to push to the front a little, lens aside I'm only 5 foot tall!

      February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, my name is jenny and I'm new to the group. just wondering how this group meetup works. when i arrive at the star hotel, do i need to contact somebody? new to this stuff so hope you dont mind me asking this. cheers

    January 31, 2013

    • AK

      I think you will be abke to locate bunches of ppl carrying cameras and tripods and such... this is how I usually locate the meet up groups :)

      1 · February 13, 2013

    • Barry

      Just look for a huge gathering of people haha

      February 16, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    Hope this helps the newbies . I am a photographer/tutor and I travelled all over Thailand and Laos for 3 months with only 1 lens. It is a Canon[masked] IS zoom. I lost my $300 Manfrotto tripod on one of those olde govt double decker buses in Hyde Park recently so I definitely won't be bringing that LOL ! Good advice to leave tripod at home. I hated it after 10 minutes . I will ramp up my ISO to the max as its a Canon 7D and this is a good opp to see its capability.

    February 16, 2013

  • Barry

    Looking forward to taking nice photos and meeting other photographers

    February 15, 2013

  • Anupam

    Won't be in Sydney in that weekend.

    February 14, 2013

  • sue m.

    sorry cant go now

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - parents flying in Sunday morning!

    February 13, 2013

  • Helen M.

    not sure if I am bringing someone yet... Maybe one guest,

    February 12, 2013

  • michael j. c.

    I'm coming. May bring a friend

    February 12, 2013

  • Quan

    I will come for sure :)

    February 11, 2013

  • Thea T.

    Hopefully, I'll let you know as soon as they reply!

    February 11, 2013

  • Emily D.

    Hi everybody, I am Emily. I am new with group and I am new with night photos shooting. I don't want to bring more than one lens, is there anyone can help me to choose a lens suitable for light shooting? My lens are 35mm f1.4 24-70mm f2.8 100mm f2.8 I do not have long zoom lens. So anybody can give me some advice? I am new with photography, thank you. I am excited to meet you guys.

    February 2, 2013

    • Emily D.

      Thank you very much, I think I need to prepare first.

      February 3, 2013

    • Dave C.

      Get tje 70 - 200 mm lens because ur movement will be greatly restricted if u use a shorter lens

      February 8, 2013

  • raymond r.

    where to meet exactly

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Tashi

    Count me on! My first time meet up!

    February 2, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I love to go!

    February 1, 2013

  • vignesh e.

    Newbie to the group. Anyone leaving from Macquarie? Would love to tag along.

    February 1, 2013

  • Deryk

    Would anyone know whether it's advisable or even practical with a crowded event like this, to bring a tripod?

    January 28, 2013

    • Richie

      You probably shouldn't bring a tripod due to the restricted space. A monopod might be ok, but will probably be still more cumbersome than its worth compared to just hand holding.

      January 28, 2013

    • Gopinaath

      If you want to do time lapse in this crowd, bring a sturdy gorillapod. Good balance in Size and stability for this event

      February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    im still trying to get my hands on the 35mm f1.8, and 55mm f1.8 lens but i think ill be sweet with the[masked] atm... might have to shoot in raw and change the white balance later on! ps if you know any one or any place i can buy cheap lens ( i dont mind if its second hand) let me know :D

    January 31, 2013

    • Gopinaath

      Always shoot in RAW as you also get more options in post processing.

      February 1, 2013

  • Peter D.

    my first experience was only recently as a new member. Everyone seems to find each other just by looking at their gear to some extent. However there usually is a meeting spot organised

    January 31, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Does anybody have a formula for changing lenses quickly? with one body only!

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    it is going to be special to experience my home tradition in a different country :)

    January 31, 2013

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