Thursday, October 29, 2009

Peace Boat Pavilion


I have never been to the Chinese Garden before. They had a special celebration for one day only. So, I figured I should not be lazy and do some shooting.

Tag along, as I stepped into this man-made world guarded by Foo-dogs (Chinese Lions).

Do you ever notice that the Foo-dogs guarding the entrance (especially into Chinatown) are always one female with her cub and one male with a ball of chi (energy)? That actually symbolizes "balance", the Yin-and-Yang.

Foo-dog is actually a hybrid of dog, lion and dragon they represent loyalty, strength and prosperity.

Does anyone know what does the writing on the right pillar mean? They look rather "involved" (too difficult for me).

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27 comments:

Tekkaus said...

The words inscribed are totally in archaic chinese character! :( No can't help Ai Shiang. But I'm sure there are a few who knows. :D

Willie said...

Nice photo. I'm impressed

Pete said...

Nice photo....I am banana Chinaman...paiseh,.dunno the Chinese characters, maybe later I will ask my son what it mean!

manglish said...

nice pic.....those words r too calligraphic for me :p

Tes said...

Hi Ai Shiang! Beautiful capture! Love that red arch, so full of details.

Shingo T said...

My cheena no good. Can speak, but problem reading.

The Chinese Garden in Singapore is empty like a graveyard, unless for lantern festival.

Horsoon said...

Great HDR!
I've been to the Chinese Garden, but didn't come home with a shot as good as this ;)

rainfield61 said...

Are "Foo-dogs" similar to Qi Ling as what we normally call?

Thanks for your visit.

HappySurfer said...

Beautiful intricate carvings. Awesome shot! Love the partial invisibility of the people.

What else is there at the garden?

Ai Shiang said...

Rainfield61,
I am not sure if QiLing is also Foo-dogs.

Happysurfer,
The garden is, well, not too small not too big. There are lots of flowers but I didn't pay attention.

Ai Shiang said...

Tekkaus, Pete, Manglish, ShingoT, Tes, Willie, Horsoon,

Thanks for all your kind compliments. And also your attempts with figuring out the wordings on the pillar. I only know the last 2 words.

James said...

Great photo! So much is going on and I learned something about the Foo-Dogs.

"They look pretty solid for 100-200 year old houses. are brick houses better or wood better? In term of keeping everyone warm during winter. Do houses still have fire-place these days?"

I don't know the answer to any of these questions. Sorry.

Mei Teng said...

I have never heard of Foo-dogs. Haha..I am a real banana.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so beautiful and lovely !! Loved the art work !! Great Ai !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Dora said...

Those are ancient Chinese characters so I don't understand guess have to get an archeologist to explain, hehehe... BTW, u have a nice blog! Cheers.

Ai Shiang said...

Dora,
Thanks for visiting. Are they ancient Chinese characters? I can read 2 of them though. haha! Thanks for the compliment, Dora.

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,
I never heard of them either. I always refer them as "the statue". Haha!

Ben said...

Cool and very nice pic! Guess you shoot with tilt lens and process it with photomatic?

Can you confirmed my eyes is correct seeing ghostly image of a man and woman walking toward the door OR it is just the Halloween ghosts haunted my eyes? :D

Happy weekend and Halloween, Ai Shiang!

Bogey said...

A very intricate and interesting facade. The colours of your photo are very vibrant. Love the tidbit on the Foo-Dogs. I do hope that somebody can help you with the interpretation on the post!

foongpc said...

Nice photo! I know the Chinese like to use Fu Dogs to guard the entrance. Sorry can't help you with the Chinese characters : )

Ai Shiang said...

Ben,
I don't use tilt lens. I don't have one either :o). The ghostly figures were because I was shooting 3 exactly the same photos but in different exposures. So everything that was still would not be ghostly except for people who were moving around.
Happy Halloween to you too, Ben.

Bogey,
Long time no see. How's life there? I've to drop by sometime. I have more tidbits in the following posts. Do tag along :o)

Foongpc,
I guess I'll have to give up on the chinese characters. No one seems to know haha!

Ayie said...

i don't understand those inscriptions either! It's nice that you went out for a shoot, it's refreshing to see different things for photo subjects.

Paul said...

Nice photo... 3 different photos at different exposures... nice. Did you use Photomatix? or Photoshop? I tried HDR with 1 single RAW file converted to Jpeg in 3 different exposures... still feels different :)

Ai Shiang said...

Ayie,
Glad you're enjoying them.

Paul,
I don't have Photoshop currently. Still contemplating whether I really need it or not.

Is the difference good or bad? I do that sometime when I don't bring along my tripod. I think having it in 3 exposures turn out better than manipulating it from 1. So, I try not to be lazy just bring the tripod along haha!

Paul said...

Making HDR from 1 RAW files is not as good but I guess there is no choice if the subjects are moving. The dynamic range of 3 files combined seems to be a lot better :) some people even use just 2 files combined... something like -2EV and +2EV... tripod is surely a good idea... but I am just too lazy to carry one around... hahaha

Ai Shiang said...

Paul,
Oh! You're still attempting to HDR portraits like mentioned last time huh?

Ai Shiang said...

Paul,
I forgot. Thanks for Trey's link. I am also his fan. Been following him for over a year now. I LOVE his bamboo forest.