One of my favourite cultural events in New York City has always been the Chinese New Year festival. Taking place mostly below Canal street. Performers dress up in brightly painted lions and dance down the street to spread good luck to local businesses.
A group of my photographer friends got together to shoot the event. It was a rather cold day but once I got moving chasing the lions around Chinatown I quickly warmed up.
Most of my photographer buddies shoot Fuji and had brought a variety of lenses to shoot with. Having just purchased the 16mm 1.4 I decided it would be the only lens I would have on my X-T1.
At first I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get close enough to the action to utilize such a wide lens. But I found if I made the effort I could really get myself in some great spots to photograph. I also found myself backtracking as the Lions walked which gave me a great viewpoint to shoot from.
I also found the 16mm to be surprising useful for on the spot portraits. Just look at the image above. I love the expression on her face. Who says 24 equivalent is bad for portraits?
Shooting with minimal equipment was a liberating experience for me. And the focal length greatly appeals to me.
This years Chinese New Year Festival was a truly wonderful experience with friends. I look forward to shooting it in the years to come.