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Thean Hou on the 8th: Fire & Rain in HD (High-Definition)
Duration: 1:26 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH
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Music: Tomorrow Today by Bjorn Lynne (licensed) (in hi-fi stereo)
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When I arrived at the Thean Hou Temple (watch driving video here) on the eighth day of Chinese New Year, the sky was really gloomy. Dark clouds were swirling overhead. I thought to myself; since I can't avoid the impending rain, why not incorporate rain into the video. After all, water and lights usually blend magically on camera. True enough, there were plenty of fire and rain. For the exterior shot, I let the camera roll until raindrops pounded the lens. The rain was so hard even the lantern courtyard upstairs was flooded. I took refuge inside the temple for about an hour. That was when I was glad I brought along a Manfrotto tabletop tripod. With the tiny LX3 attached to it, I was able to grab shots from the altar and on the flooded floor. This video is presented in full glorious HD colours and resolution.

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Captured in 24p HD with Panasonic Lumix LX-3, presented in 16:9 HD
Edited in native AVCHD on Thomson Grass Valley's Edius 5 NLE

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