BCPA’s Trip to Saratoga Race Course

BCPA’s Trip to Saratoga Race Course
Date: August 19 – 20, 2017
Reporter: John Zhuang (庄鹏)


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Photographer: John Zhuang (庄鹏)


“The horse is ready, are you ready?”. Saratoga Springs, New York is a small city with a population roughly 27,000. Every summer, the city hosts the well-known horse race for one month. The city’s population is surged. Saratoga Race Course is the thoroughbred horse racing track which has a capacity of 50,000. It was initially opened in 1863.

BCPA had a group of 11 people to come for the August 19-20 weekend event. Once arriving in the city, we tasted the natural spring water at a park. The nature spring water contains mineral and is abundant here. On Saturday evening, we had a shooting meet at Empire State Plaza in Albany. Here, as planned, we met our fellow photographers from Chinese Community Center of Capital District of New York and had great time with them.

Sunrise time at Oklahoma Training Track was 6:05AM on August 20 Sunday. Our group already arrived half hour earlier in the morning. It was still dark, but the track field showed lots of action. Jockeys and trainers rode horses on the track circling around to practice. Horses need good warm-up before the big race. The sun gradually rose above the horizon, shining through the clouds. The training track was covered a layer of gold color. The sun ray shined on the faces of riders and horses, just fantastic.

The Sunday race started at one o’clock in the afternoon. The grandstand was packed with spectators. People dressed in a beautiful summer fashion. Guys looked handsome and gals looked pretty. After the National Anthem was sung, the race began. There are three types of races performed at Saratoga Race Course: main track (9-furlong or 1 1/8-mile), turf track (8-furlong or 1-mile) and inner turf track (7-furlong). We enjoyed them all but especially the main track race since our cameras could get closer to the horse and riders. Once the starting gate opened, 10 horses jumped into the track and ran. All eyes were on the horses. Dirt arouse from the ground surface, which made the race more intense. Long-focus lens are good to take this type of motion images. The images are shown one subject: speed. Panning shooting was a good approach used by us.

When departing from the race track, we were reluctant to leave. “Did I take good shots on the race?” Everyone seemed to ask themselves utterly. Don’t worry, we will come back again if you didn’t. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

Some people may watch a movie called Seabiscuit (2003). It is based on a true story. During the Great Depression era, three men came together to train a horse named Seabiscuit to race. Seabiscuit’s unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation. At the end of the movie, Red Pollard said “You know, everyone thinks that we found this broken down horse and fixed him, but we didn’t. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way, we kinda fixed each other, too.”

Below are some photos taken by our members during the event.


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陸德禮)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陸德禮)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Peisheng Zhao (赵培生) (also a member of Chinese Community Center of Capital District of New York)


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Photographer: Peisheng Zhao (赵培生)


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Photographer: Mingwei Li (李明伟)


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Photographer: Mingwei Li (李明伟)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


Jie Sun1
Photographer: Jie Sun (孙捷)


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Photographer: Jie Sun (孙捷)


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Photographer: John Zhuang (庄鹏)


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Photographer: John Zhuang (庄鹏)


Joan
Photographer: Joan Xu (徐中)


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Photographer: Joan Xu (徐中)


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Photographer: Guozhong Li (李国忠)


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Photographer: Guozhong Li (李国忠)


Below are photos taken by photographers from Chinese Community Center of Capital District of New York.

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Photographer: Dan Yang (杨丹)


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Photographer: Dan Yang (杨丹)


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Photographer: Alex Zhang (张伟)


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Photographer: Alex Zhang (张伟)


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Photographer: Biao Fang (方飙)


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Photographer: Biao Fang (方飙)


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Photographer: Larry Yang


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Photographer: Larry Yang


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Photographer: Kaiquan Liu (刘铠铨)


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Photographer: Kaiquan Liu (刘铠铨)


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Photographer: Ron


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Photographer: Ron


Behind the Scenes (拍摄花絮):

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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Joan Xu (徐中)


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Photographer: Joan Xu (徐中)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


讲座题目:初摄肯尼亚

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主讲人:邓宽, 苏东灵
讲座题目:初摄肯尼亚
讲座日期:9月9日(周六)下午2:00PM-4:00PM (讲座自愿聚餐)
讲座地址:Framingham 图书馆,49 Lexington St, Framingham, MA 01702
参加费用:免费
图书馆有大量停车位
聚餐地址:271 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701, 老四川

邓宽,一个偶然的机会、进入了摄影的领域,邃一发而不可收,痴迷至今,初心不改。春夏秋冬,四时更替皆寻美景。从缅因到佛罗里达州,从麻州到加州。一路走来一路拍摄, 不亦乐乎。今年七月,远赴非州,辗转内罗毕,乞力马扎罗山,东非莽原,马赛马拉,领略东非的无敌胜景,近距离观察野生动物。走进贫民窟,感知贫民窟男女老少的喜怒哀乐。

苏东灵感言:神奇的非洲一直是心里向往的地方,特别是许多年前看了电影《狮子王》以后,心目中的动物王国就是那样子的了。火红的太阳从合欢树上爬起,温文尔雅的长颈鹿迎着朝阳走来,遍地都是欢快的羚羊、班马,成群的大象从雪山下走来,还有那一片片的火烈鸟在空中飞翔,傲慢的豹子扬起警觉的头,狮子王屹立在高高的石头上……。它们自由自在地生活在这广袤无垠的热土上,不受束缚。在这动物的王国里,还居住着原始部落的马赛人,他们说狮子是他们的朋友,他们穿着鲜艳,载歌载舞……。这不是梦,这就是神奇的非洲。

在9月9日“初摄肯尼亚”的讲座中,邓宽和东灵将介绍此次肯尼亚之行的行程攻略,拍摄体验和旅途趣闻佚事,并分享一些沿途的动物和人文摄影!

讲座概要:
1. 行程安排
2. 安博塞利国家公园 (大像的乐园)
3. 那瓦沙湖 (鸟的天堂)
4. 博格利亚湖 (百万只火烈鸟的地方
5.纳库鲁湖国家公园 (犀牛和火烈鸟)
6. 马赛马拉 (观察拍摄五大兽和大迁徙)
7. 参观马赛村
8. 走进基贝拉(Kibera Slum)

分享几张他们此行的照片,大家可以先睹为快。
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BCPA’s Meetup at Boston Public Library

BCPA’s Meetup at Boston Public Library
Date: August 13, 2017
Reporter: Nancy Chen (陈珏清)

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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)

At New England, summer time is always an active season for photographers, same here at BCPA. Right after BCPA’s polo match shooting event on Aug 6, one of our members Cary Chu (朱健雄) brought us an very exciting news – BCPA got a permission from the Boston Public Library (BPL) that we (maximum 15 members) were allowed to bring cameras into the BPL building to shoot for three hours on Aug 13 2017, Sunday afternoon. With such a special permission, we were allowed to bring in tripods and were able to shoot together in a larger group.

Established in 1848, BPL was the first large free municipal library in the United States. There are two major buildings at BPL – the McKim Building and the Johnson Building. In 1986, the National Park Service designated the McKim Building a National Historic Landmark citing it as “the first outstanding example of Renaissance Beaux-Arts Classicism in America. Since then, BPL has become one of must see places at Boston.

Following a “First Come First Serve” principle, eventually a group of 15 BCPA members got this great opportunity. There were experienced members as well as some beginners, a perfect combination! To be well prepared for the event, a few days before the event, group members started talking about different shooting ideas. Daryl Luk (陆德礼) asked for volunteers to be his models, he even made sketches to show his designs for each model. Out of his busy daily routines, Cary Chu (朱健雄) took his time making useful tips for beginners demonstrated with nice pictures he took at BPL in old days.

On Aug 13 2017, outside of BPL people enjoyed the breeze under a sunny day; inside of BPL, 15 BCPA members were so into their shooting activities. They scattered into all rooms of the two buildings. Everyone was taking pictures with different lenses from various angles.

Below are some photos taken by our members at BPL. Through these pictures, hope you would see a bit different perspectives of the BPL. Enjoy!


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Photographer: Peter Tian (田夫)


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Photographer: Peter Tian (田夫)


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Photographer: Peter Tian (田夫)


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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)


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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)


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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陆德礼)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陆德礼)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陆德礼)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Ji Shen (沈济)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Joan (徐中)


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Photographer: Joan (徐中)


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Photographer: Joan (徐中)


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Photographer: Photographer: Xiangxi Li (李祥熙)


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Photographer: Xiangxi Li (李祥熙)


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Photographer: Xiangxi Li (李祥熙)


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Photographer: Robert Chen (陈朝楠)


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Photographer: Robert Chen (陈朝楠)


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Photographer: Robert Chen (陈朝楠)


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Photographer: Alan Tian (田磊)


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Photographer: Alan Tian (田磊)


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Photographer: Alan Tian (田磊)


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Photographer: Dongxu Shan (单东旭)


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Photographer: Dongxu Shan (单东旭)


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Photographer: Dongxu Shan (单东旭)


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Photographer: Jinsheng Wu (吴金声)


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Photographer: Jinsheng Wu (吴金声)


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Photographer: Nancy Chen (陈珏清)


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Photographer: Nancy Chen (陈珏清)


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Photographer: Nancy Chen (陈珏清)


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Photographer: Tingting Wu (武婷婷)


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Photographer: Tingting Wu (武婷婷)


Hui Wang
Photographer: Hui Wang (王蕙)


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Photographer: Hui Wang (王蕙)


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Photographer: Hui Wang (王蕙)


Behind the Scenes (拍摄花絮):

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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)


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Photographer: Cary Chu (朱健雄)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Ji Shen (沈济)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Hui Wang (王蕙)


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Photographer: Alan Tian (田磊)


Daryl Luk’s hand-drafted shooting plan

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BCPA’s Meetup at Myopia Polo Field

BCPA’s Meetup at Myopia Polo Field
Date: August 6, 2017
Reporter: Feng Chai (柴锋)

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On August 6, 2017, BCPA had a photography meetup at 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA to shoot polo match. The match was played at Myopia Polo Club, which is the oldest active polo field in the country. The match began at 3 pm. Our members started to get together in the field after the gate opened at 1:30 pm.

The sky was sunny and clear with a few white soft clouds floating across it. It was not too hot nor too cold. It was perfect for outdoor activities.

There were more than 20 BCPA members attended the event. Many of them have never shot (nor even seen) a polo match before. Everybody got very excited about the opportunity and equipped themselves with fast cameras and telephoto lenses.

At the end, we all enjoyed the meetup event, and a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Here are some photos taken by our members during the event.


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Photographer: Peter Tian (田夫)


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Photographer: Peter Tian (田夫)


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Photographer: Yankai Zhang (张彦凯)


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Photographer: Chun Sun (孙淳)


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Photographer: Chun Sun (孙淳)


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Photographer: Chun Sun (孙淳)


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Photographer: Mingwei Li (李明伟)


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Photographer: Mingwe Li (李明伟)


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Photographer: Mingwei Li (李明伟)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陸德禮)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陸德禮)


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Photographer: Daryl Luk (陸德禮)


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Photographer: Yun Xia (夏耘)


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Photographer: Chu Ji (季初)


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Photographer: Chu Ji (季初)


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Photographer: Ji Shen (沈济)


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Photographer: Jiajia (加加)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Feng Chai (柴锋)


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Photographer: Xiaomin Shao (邵晓敏)


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Photographer: Hongyu Liu (刘宏宇)


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Photographer: Suyun Ding (丁素云)


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Photographer: Jie Sun (孙捷)


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Photographer: Jie Sun (孙捷)


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Photographer: Lei Zhang (张蕾)


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Photographer: Lei Zhang (张蕾)


Behind the Scenes (拍摄花絮):

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Photographer: Tingting (婷婷)


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Photographer: Jie Sun (孙捷)


shenji2
Photographer: Ji Shen (沈济)


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Photographer: Dan Wei (唯丹)


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Photographer: Mingwei Li (李明伟)


One Story One Month: July Stories「一月一故事」:七月份的故事

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【一月一故事】是BCPA在2017年1月1日啟動的一個攝影項目。參加的攝影師每月自定一個故事主題,然後在一個月的時間裡拍攝至少9張照片來展現這個故事。項目共持續12個月。攝影主題和器材不限。

本期包括22攝影師在2017年7月份完成的故事。


July (1)
點擊看故事:如何拍攝煙花
攝影師:Cary 朱健雄


July (2)
點擊看故事:七月荷事
攝影師:芬芳


July (3)
點擊看故事:风云变幻的一天
攝影師:清澈星辉 (Annie)


July (4)
點擊看故事:古董市场
攝影師:闵乐


July (5)
點擊看故事:沙雕藝術節
攝影師:Stanley


July (6)
點擊看故事:一路向北 鲁冰花开
攝影師:一宇渺尘


July (7)
點擊看故事:七月的卡尔加里牛仔节(竞技篇)
攝影師:波涛


July (8)
點擊看故事:胖胖湖拾趣
攝影師:耘


July (9)
點擊看故事:有水则灵
攝影師:Helen


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點擊看故事:不同的时刻,不同的视觉
攝影師:Alan田磊


July (11)
點擊看故事:烟花绽放
攝影師:速溶咖啡


July (12)
點擊看故事:希腊圣岛风光风情
攝影師:涂軍


July (13)
點擊看故事:沙雕
攝影師:CadeDW


July (14)
點擊看故事:库斯科-马丘比丘之路- 找回的丢失Cusco to Machu Picchu – Lost and Found
攝影師:Hong虹


July (15)
點擊看故事:静泉画廊
攝影師:Joan


July (16)
點擊看故事:父親
攝影師:單東旭


July (17)
點擊看故事:陪你去看海
攝影師:Ellen Fan


July (18)
點擊看故事:罗弗敦-日不落的七月
攝影師:山猫


July (19)
點擊看故事:诗荷
攝影師:April (柴锋)


July (20)
點擊看故事:逛跳蚤市场
攝影師:资深海漂


July (21)
點擊看故事:義大利掃街短記
攝影師:陸德禮


July (22)
點擊看故事:博戈里亚火烈鸟
攝影師:Dongling