So, ahead of going in to Manchester for the Chinese New Year celebrations I’ve been doing some additional planning of more specific photo ideas.
Prior to writing this post I jotted some ideas and sketched them out in a little notepad I carry with my camera.
I’ve looked at the specific types of ‘colour’ shots I need and also written down some general ideas, concepts and props to look out for, having read-around on Chinese New Year traditions (on Wikipedia, primarily). I need four shots for each heading below – so I still need more specific ideas – but here’s what I’ve come up with so-far. Hopefully I’ll get more inspiration once I’m there!
Colour harmony through complimentary colours (facing colours on the colour circle)
(Green/Red, Blue/Orange, Violet/Yellow)
- Jade Emperor on a red background (a still-life arrangement)
- A close-up of the dragon in the dragon parade – focussing on an appropriate colour combination (a ‘found’ shot)
- The pole which is in front of the dragon – it includes red and green sides (a ‘found’ shot)
- A green roof in China town, on top of it’s red supporting frame (found), or set against the red dragon of flowers they usually have in China town (a ‘found’ shot)
- Red balloons and green foliage in China town.
Colour harmony through similar colours (next to each other on the colour circle)
(Green/Yellow, Yellow/Orange, Orange/Red, Red/Violet, Violet/Blue, Blue/Green)
- Dragon parade leader with security (a ‘found’ shot)
- Red envelope with £10 notes poking out of it (a still-life arrangement)
Colour contrast (colours around a third of the way around the colour circle)
(Green/Orange, Yellow/Red, Orange/Violet, Red/Blue, Violet/Green, Blue/Yellow)
- A row of Chinese lanterns against a blue sky (a ‘found’ shot)
- Mandarin orange in violet or yellow water, using food-colourings (a still-life arrangement)
Colour accent – a small area of colour sits against a much larger background of another colour
- A single lantern against the sky (on a line or floating – could be ‘found’ or still-life)
- A full moon, with a colour filter to change the colour of the moon. This would need to be taken between February 6 and February 10 – which is when the moon will be at it’s fullest.
- A lantern or other colourful object against the snow or against grass (a still-life arrangement)
- Dancers or show.
Things to keep in mind
These are other things I’m going to look out for in terms of potential ideas, or buying props to create still-life arrangements.
- Yellow King
- Jade Emperor
- General Guan Yu
- Lanterns, candles
- Dancers in different colours
- God of Wealth and ‘lucky money’
- Rice, dumplings, Chinese food in general
- China pottery – (blue and white)
I’m not expecting to get all of the shots I need for this assignment tomorrow, but if I get all the ‘found’ shots, and perhaps some additional ones I’ll be happy. Hopefully I can pick up appropriate props too – though I could always order things later if I don’t find them – or the crowds are a bit too much to deal with!