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Travel – China

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I visited China August 2019 it has taken me a while to finally edit the images on the website. I used a Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and a lens that I bought for the trip a 16-55mm short telephoto, it saved changing lenses and is another level up from my other Fuji lenses. My visit was primarily to see my son who is at University in Suzhou. He was determined I saw as much of China as possible in the time we had there, which to be fair is not a lot as the place is vast. We did see Shanghai with plenty of tourist attractions including the Bund where you get the magnificent view over the man-made water to the famous Oriental Pearl tower and the finance district. As we were walking past the Apple Store, Rolex and all the other high end retail shops we turned down an alley where we saw a guy having a shower in the middle of the street. I think this is where capitalism sits next to communism. We moved on to Suzhou and visited the canals. Suzhou by the way is known as the Venice of China the guys punting the boats were characters and were always up for their picture taken. We also visited the university campus which is vast and has a very high student population. One evening we went to a street where street vendors drive in on their three-wheeler bikes and set up to sell street food, which was...
The Great Wall

The Great Wall

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The trip to the great wall was a couple of hours by coach and a short ride in a lift. The day again was a bit overcast but the sun broke through a few times. However, this didn’t deter the tourists who were determined to get to the gate where most tourists turn around in time to catch the coach back. Photographing the wall without any tourists was virtually impossible on the trip we did. I did find out after there are trips to different parts of the wall which are more isolated and better for photography. It was well worth a visit though and good to get of the city for a while.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Beijing

Beijing

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The first day was a bit miserable in Beijing overcast and slightly raining but it was from here where we visited temples and had a day trip up the great China wall. The City is huge and the roads are vast, visiting during the summer meant that we were amongst the Chinese who were on their summer holiday visiting the same attractions. Our 5000 steps plus showed how much walking there is to be done and seen when visiting the various temples and museums in the city.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Beijing - The Summer Palace

Beijing – The Summer Palace

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The summer palace is built on a hill so it was a bit of a grunt to get to the top on another mostly sunless day, but quite warm and a lot of water to drink. We entered the palace by the north gate where the Suzhou market is and by the time we got to the top we could see the Kunming lake with many of the boats sailing along in the distance, these became much close the further down the hill we went. Along the way though there were a number of things to see such as Suzhou Market, Longevity Hill, Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Hall of Benevolence, 17 Arch Bridge, Long Corridor and Marble Boat.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Beijing - Forbidden City

Beijing – Forbidden City

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The forbidden city was very popular and I got split up from my travelling companion by the mass of people trying to get in. I also got hit in the face a number of times with umbrellas. I am not sure how long the city is, it felt like we had walked a couple of miles from Tiananmen square through the forbidden city and up to the Jingshan park where you can get a panoramic view of the city. The overcast weather meant the light was pretty flat for photography it was only occasionally that the sun came out. I think a lot of it was smog as much as cloud cover.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing – Temple of Heaven

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The Temple of Heaven is south of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The main building which is a dramatic circular building set on the top of stone steps is called the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The layout of this imperial complex is straight forward with the major attractions located along the centre that include: Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, East Annex Hall, West Annex Hall, Danbi Bridge, Echo Wall, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Mound Altar, Lingxing Gates, Fasting Palace and Divine Music. Our visit seemed to bring out a bit more sun and more umbrellas. The size is impressive with the courtyards and it seemed easier access to get around the complex.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Suzhou

Suzhou

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Suzhou is sometimes referred to as the Venice of China, however it is much more than that it has a lot of industry there and is a beautiful City it sits next to Lake Tai and is surrounded by other lakes. It also has Universities including XJTL where my son is a student and we visited the various buildings in the campus. Jinji Lake is in the centre of Suzhou and visited that as the sunset people just hung out there after work or a days shopping. The canals are worth visiting with local shops and restaurants on the banks and plenty of characters punting the boats for visitors.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...
Shanghai

Shanghai

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My first visit to China started in Shanghai, where I was met by my son; who can thankfully speak Chinese. I was impressed by how friendly and hospitable everyone was, which was evident when a Chinese guy took a photograph of me so I took a photograph of him and we both ended up laughing at each other. I was struck by how Communism and Capitalism cohabit side by side, where you can walk past the big stores such as Rolex and Apple and then walk down a side street with residential buildings and you could see someone having a shower in the street or hanging out their washing. The Bund is where people congregate to see the buildings light up in the Pudong district and see the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. We had three days there before moving on to Suzhou.The camera used is a Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the XF 16-55mm zoom lens.All images are processed, colour graded and edited using Capture...

Great gig?

Creative Retouching
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What to do when a new band needs some stage images for a website before gigs start to happen. We were asked to provide some creative retouching to images that had already had been edited. However,...