stumbled upon a Lantern Festival parade
at Jalan Foot Massage (the road previously
known as Jalan Bukit Bintang). Winding
around the street were lantern bearers,
lion dance troupes, a marching band
and four Shaolin martial arts exponents
from China. These guys at the end of
the procession intrigued me the most.
The lanky guys somersaulted high into
the air, magically but somewhat randomly.
I tried asking them about their movement
with my broken Mandarin and they replied
in an even stranger dialect.
A dSLR with external flash that
fires and recharges rapidly would have
been ideal in this situation. I didn't
have either with me then. All I had
was a digicam with a relatively slower
response and humble built-in flash.
There is a workaround I thought to myelf.
I walked alongside them for about 30
minutes, observing their moves and trajectory
path. Clicking at the right moment became
even more critical as we were soon near
the end of the route. I had only a couple
of chances left to execute what I visualised.
The camera was set to manual focus to
minimise shutter lag. I also flipped
the image vertically to have a better
study of the facial expression caught
in that split second.