From Tampa Bay’s Lowry Zoo – Zoominations – A Chinese Lantern Festival. While I was in Auckland, New Zealand last year I happened across the Chinese Lantern Festival but only got to see a couple of the lanterns. I wanted to be sure to see this one. It has been in Beijing Toronto, and London. The exhibit spanned over 26 acres in the park and included all kinds of creatures from dinosaurs to pandas to koi seen above. The art of Chinese lanterns began in the Han Dynasty which was from 206 BC to 220 AD. Originally used for lighting, the lanterns became an art form and began to be used in festivals.
I had to be careful when photographing these to get the reflection and minimize all the framing holding up these lanterns. Only a slight correction in lightroom for the whites and blacks. No additional change to saturation or vibrance.
I also was experimenting with a mirrorless camera – the sony a7r, which also has 36 megapixel. The last image is from that camera.