BCPA Outing to Naumkeag 2018.7.28

Reporter: Emile Bellott

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

30 members of BCPA got up very early on Saturday morning to drive 120 miles to Naumkeag Estate in Stockbridge MA. Our journey through fog and swirling mountain mist turned our minds away from the 21st century city life – to a simpler, more genteel time in old China. Everyone arrived on or before the appointed time and waited a few minutes for the gate to officially open for the day.

Photographer: Emile Bellott

Naumkeag Estate was built in 1885 as the summer home of the wealthy New York lawyer and diplomat, Joseph Hodges Choate. The 44 room mansion and property are typical of the luxurious “gilded age” residences of the day.

One unique feature of Naumkeag is the walled Chinese garden, patterned after traditional Chinese gardens, going back several millenia. In the 19th century such Chinoiserie were popular amongst the wealthier classes in Europe and America, due to their novelty and exotic provenance. Naumkeag’s walled garden is one of the finest examples in New England and features a masonery wall; a moon gate; lattice work window and wooden gate. The gardens and patio are arranged in a traditional Chinese style, featuring oriental plants, rocks, statuary dragons, waterworks, tile and sand. On the east ( upper ) side there is a temple structure, raised several steps above the patio. The main floor of the temple affords a panoramic view of the valley beyond the wall. The south wall features a 2-meter circular “Moon Gate” skillfully constructed of brick work.

On arrival in the parking lot, our group unloaded a large quantity of photographic equipment, props and other supplies for the morning photo shoot activities. In the ensuing photographic frenzy, the overall scene appeared, at times, to mimic the photographer’s gallery of a White House Press Conference. Cameras and photographers were lined up – at times 3 and 4 deep – to catch every tantalizing pose.

Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Emile Bellott

Through the morning, various members changed, chameleon-like, between alternating roles — photographer or model. Thanks to the thoughtful organizers, tents were provided to facilitate quick changing of costumes. And the members obliged by bringing a large array of typical and traditional Chinese clothing and fashion attire.

Aside from the clothing, the most popular props were: swords and martial arts accessories; flowers; cigarettes; umbrellas; bicycle; pipa; and fan. In terms of architecture, the most frequent were temple; moon gate; lattice window; entrance portico; and wall.

The photographic composition and output of the group comprised 4 broad categories: kung-fu acting and sword-play; posed glamor shots; idyllic motifs; and photojournalism. All of these were enhanced by the plentiful array of Chinese-style architectural elements in all corners of the garden.

The first scenario is martial arts. This themes acted out traditional roles from Chinese literature of the ages, including Kung fu; Taichi; sword battles; fierce swordsmen and a warrior princess .

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Kai Dan

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Lei Tian

Photographer: Yun Xia

Photographer: Le Min

Photographer: Kai Dan

Photographer: Kai Dan

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Senario 2: posed glamor shots. The glamor shots featured both men and women posing with the key architectural features. All of the cameras captured several of these scenes; re-enacted by the majority of the models.

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Hui Liu

Photographer: Lin Tong

Photographer: Kathy Lee

Photographer: Lin Tong

Photographer: Cary Chu

The third scenario is idyllic motifs.

Photographer: Feng Chai

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Feng Chai

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Lin Tong

Photographer: Dongxu Shan

Photographer: Lin Tong

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

Photographer: Yun Xia

Photographer: Feng Chai

The fourth scenario is photojournalism.
Photographer: Dongxu Shan

Photographer: Emile Bellott

Photographer: Kai Dan

Photographer: Weibo Zhang

Photographer: Kai Dan

By the end of the morning, when we packed up to leave, the group had taken an estimated 15,000 shots. The best of these were posted to WeChat, as if by magic; and new posts continued into the following week. Post-processing spanned the spectrum from color to monochrome — and all of magnificent quality.

We ended a perfect day with a hearty lunch at a Chinese restaurant nearby. We all took the time to introduce and to reflect on the beautiful events, just completed. And we’re all to be congratulated for our excellent work and friendly spirit.

Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Dongxu Shan

BCPA team Report by Emile Bellott

BCPA中国风外拍2018.7.28

活动报道:Emile Bellott (译:Lin Tong)

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

7月28日星期六,BCPA在麻州Naumkeag举行以中国风为主题的外拍活动。三十位会员这天四点多就起床,驱车一百二十英里,来到拍摄地点位于Stockbridge镇的Naumkeag Estate。一路上,云蒸霞蔚,风光旖旎,把会员们的思绪从二十一世纪的现代生活中带到简单朴素,田园诗般的古典中国。大家都在约定时间前到达目的地,等了几分钟,Naumkeag Estate就正式为我们开门了。

摄影师: Emile Bellott

Naumkeag Estate 建于1885年,是当时纽约富豪,律师,外交官 Joseph Hodges Choate的夏季别墅。别墅里有44个房间和硕大的花园,见证美国“镀金时代“的奢华。
Naumkeag 有个传统的中式庭院,十分独特。 十九世纪的时候,仿中的建筑及装饰深受欧美富豪阶层喜爱,因为中式风格对他们来说,既新颖又充满了历史感。Naumkeag 的这个中式庭院,是新英格兰地区最具规模的最有代表性的中式庭院之一。 这里有风火墙,镂空的木窗,月亮门等典型中国传统建筑元素。庭院中的东方植物,玉石,喷泉,石狮… 摆放也都遵循着传统中式园林的布局。庭院东面,有一个古代庙宇式殿堂,坐落在高阶之上。从殿堂正面可以俯瞰风火墙内外全景。庭院南面,红色砖墙中镶嵌着月亮门,蜿蜒的小路通过月亮门伸向庭院之外…

到达停车场后, 会员们从车上搬出大量的照相器材,道具和相关装备。热火朝天的架势,勘比拍摄白宫新闻发布会。每个场景, 都有摄影师从各个角度拍照。

摄影师: Cary Chu

摄影师: Cary Chu

摄影师: Emile Bellott

整整一个上午,大量的会员需要更衣, 扮演不同的角色。 会员们真像变色龙一样,一会儿是摄影师,一会儿是模特。感谢组织者,准备了方便更衣的帐篷。会员们负责准备大量中国传统服饰和现代时装礼服。除了服装以外,其他主要道具有: 剑,武术用品,花束,烟斗,油纸伞,自行车,琵琶,扇子。反复使用的中式建筑元素背景有: 月门,镂空窗,入口门廊,风火墙。

这次中国风摄影活动主要由四个主题组成:功夫剑术,现代时装, 复古怀旧及拍摄花絮。
功夫剑术主题,包含中国武术中的不同角色与典故:太极高手,格斗公主, 武士决战,道士下山。

摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Kai Dan

摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Lei Tian

摄影师:Yun Xia

摄影师:Le Min

摄影师:Kai Dan

摄影师:Kai Dan

摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Daryl Luk

现代时装主题是由模特们摆出各种迷人造型,与建筑线条交相呼应,形成有趣构图。
摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Hui Liu

摄影师:Lin Tong

摄影师:Kathy Lee

摄影师:Lin Tong

摄影师:Cary Chu

复古怀旧主题,是中国近代历史中的人物造型。
摄影师:Feng Chai

摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Feng Chai

摄影师:Daryl Luk

摄影师:Lin Tong

摄影师:Dongxu Shan

摄影师:Lin Tong

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

摄影师:Yun Xia

摄影师:Feng Chai

最后一组是拍摄花絮。
摄影师:Dongxu Shan

摄影师: Emile Bellott

摄影师:Kai Dan

摄影师: Weibo Zhang

摄影师:Kai Dan

摄影师:Cary Chu

摄影师:Cary Chu

摄影师:Dongxu Shan

上午拍摄结束时,整个团队大约拍了15,000 张照片。大家在附近的中餐馆共进午餐,互相认识,一起回味刚刚结束的拍摄活动。真是完美的一天!接下来的一个星期内, 大家陆续把优秀的作品放在微信群里共享。作品涵盖四个主题,后期处理风格各不相同。大家这次活动取得的成绩和收获的友谊值得庆祝!

APPRECIATION PHOTO CONTEST

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston Chinese Photography Association are co-organizing a photo contest with a theme of “Appreciation”. You can find out more detail about this contest in the following.

Theme
As a photographer, we took thousands pictures a year. Could you find from your photos what you really appreciate when you press the shutter button? We always say photography is a healthy hobby. What we appreciated is what drive us into passion with photography. Your submitted photos should be focused on expressing appreciation, which could be about a feeling of fulfillment, feeling of accomplishment, etc., tell us whatever you have appreciated when you capture that moment.

Schedule

  1. Submission deadline: October 29, 2018
  2. Contest award ceremony and exhibition: December 2018

Contest Rules

  1. Contest participants must be 18 years of age or older and should live in United States. You may be required to provide proof of age, eligibility and identity upon request
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest
  3. Photos can be taken by phones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLR cameras, or mirrorless cameras
  4. Photos must be submitted by the photographer who took them
  5. Photos can be post-processed for adjustments such as color, contrast, cropping, etc
  6. Photos should be of JPEG format
  7. Photo size should not be larger than 1600 pixel x 900 pixel
  8. Each participants can submit no more than three photos
  9. Please submit the photos to bcpa.hphc.photos@gmail.com. In the email, make sure to provide (1) your name (2) English title for each of the photos
  10. Please download and fill out the consent and release form by clicking here and attach the form with the submission
  11. NOTE: Submission without a signed consent and release form will not be accepted
  12. Awards will have the following categories:
    1. The most popular
    2. The most creative
    3. The best story telling
  13. The winner will be responsible for any applicable taxes or meeting other regulatory requirements related to the prize
  14. Prizes may not be redeemed for cash or other consideration, except as may be stated on a gift card, if applicable
  15. The Boston Chinese Photography Association (BCPA) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Pilgrim) are not responsible for lost, misdirected, incomplete or incorrect entries. Each of BCPA and Harvard Pilgrim reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to void the entry of any entrant whom it believes has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this contest
  16. Contest participants agree that each of BCPA and Harvard Pilgrim, including their affiliates and subsidiaries, and respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives shall be held harmless for and against any injuries, loss and/or damages of any kind that may arise in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of any prize
  17. Contest participants agree that their submitted photos can be used for marketing purpose by Boston Chinese Photography Association (BCPA) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Pilgrim)
  18. This contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws