Shift 2: Chinese New Year Festival – Choy Cheng

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While Friday the 13 may have had some hiding their heads under blankets lest they cross paths with a black cat, break a mirror, walk under a ladder, or the like, the Chinatown community was out in full force continuing the celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year.

With streets closed down, police officers stationed at intersections, and the crowd growing thicker by the minute, local Chinatown businesses began hanging strings of firecrackers in preparation for Choy Cheng — the traditional Chinese lion dance blessing.

I was lucky enough to arrive half an hour before I was scheduled to shoot at the Hawaii Theatre for the opening night of the Shanghai Circus, so I followed the sounds of the drums and the crowd just in time to catch some of the action.

Chinese New Year Festival

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Beautiful photos, Jonas! Really captured the atmosphere of the street in sharp, vivid detail! What kind of lens did you use?

nonstopmari moderator

wow, chinatown looks packed! love the lion and firecracker pics. did u eat anything?


@chant808 Thanks Tracy! I was using the Canon 35mm lens for some, but for the most part used the Canon fisheye to get the crowd scenes.


@nonstopmari It was pretty crowded there! I was super lucky to have gotten parking when I did. I didn't see any food vendors out last night, so I didn't grab a bite (or maybe I was just too busy getting my fill of firecrackers)