I think I finally found my long term personal project that every photographer “needs” in his portfolio.  Nothing life changing, but something I am fascinated by and interested in, and want to do it for myself.

This was an assignment from The Beijinger for their games issue, it was really fun to shoot him, a real “Old Beijinger” sweet, fun, energetic.  He just finished lunch with a group of tourists, some of the “authentic Beijing experience” that tour operators offer.

I knew something like this-cricket fighting-existed, but never knew the extent of time and materials involved.  You can see from some of the shots, there are highly specialized tools for different techniques, and ever “Cricket Coffins” for when they pass.

For those that want to know, all of these were done with my Canon 5DMkIII with just two lenses, the 50mm f1.4 and the 24mm 1.4, the later which was on loan from a friend to test out.  I think I’m sold due to the ability to blur out the background while still getting enough in for a nice environmental portrait (see the first pic).  My Tamron 24-70 f2.8 can do it as well, just not as nice.

To quote Mr. Liu from the article “A good cricket trainer knows a badass cricket when he looks into his eyes.”

Enjoy!

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