The late Yang stylist Fong Ha used to distinguish Xing Yi Chuan versus Tai Chi Chuan as ‘tearing cotton’ versus ‘spinning silk’.
There was a pause between storms here in Northern California and some photos were needed so …
The first challenge was not to exhale while the camera was shooting lest a small fog or cloud be visible.
No need to worry about perspiration or about hair being in disarray,
The second challenge was the intermittent breezes moving tassels, flags and, in the case of Judge’s pens (判官笔), spinning the entire weapon. There are at least two styles of Judge’s pens
While the latter, which is what I have, provide an interesting propeller effect when the rings are worn on various fingers for purposes of photographic clarity the former are to be preferred in situations where there are breezes, winds, tornadoes and so on.
The third challenge is not shivering in silks. Wearing long underwear provides two advantages: the wearer is, or at least should be, warmer AND the silks do not move as much. However, one does tend to look pear-shaped.