Lama Temple is a gem. My favorite spot in Beijing. I spend some time in Beijing recently. Not my favorite city. Bad traffic and bad air, hordes of people, I find it hard to evening enjoy the vast history of the country’s capital city.
On my first trip to Beijing in 2009 I had a day off to roam the streets., I saw the usual stuff, the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square, wandered through a couple of hutongs. Typical stuff. I spotted Lama Temple, aka Yonghe Temple, aka Yonghe Lamasery and ended my day there. I do love me a good temple. From the craziness of Beijing, the place is a lovely respite. If you can overlook the tour buses and crowds, it does offer an interesting experience. Continue reading “Lama Temple prayers, Beijing”
I’ve been shooting with my Fuji X-T1 (aka my Fuji street camera) but I haven’t kept up with the blogging. Being on the road for three weeks – first Beijing, then Singapore, then Manila – hasn’t left a lot of time for blogging. I’ve thought about it, but that’s not the same as doing it. My Fuji X-T1 has been a companion, as has my 5D MIII. The Canon has stayed in the gear back for the most part. Go Fuji. Continue reading “Get over here!”
I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.
Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series… Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 on the streets”
Dubai Airport – how did I get here? You wake up and have no idea where you are. This happens to me often. I travel a lot, this happens. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Once upon a time I saw a jet setting career as one that was super-cool. Now that I have it? Not so much. Be careful what you wish for…
Ah, Dubai Airport. I shoot a lot of photos in airports. Mainly because I spend a lot of time in airport. I don’t shoot in security or customs, I don’t want to end up in a jail cell. Airports are an international melting pot, a huge social experiment. People from all over the world, lost in their own little world. Dubai Airport more so than many. As Emirates hub it a bustling airport – as busy as the city itself. Continue reading “Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge”
The older generation practice Tai Chi Chuan as the sun rises in Shenzhen, China. Groups of older folk practicing the ancient art is not an uncommon sight in Chinese parks during the early morning hours. Watching the exercises, the slow and fluid movements, is visual poetry. Continue reading “Tai Chi Chuan: Morning Exercises”
I’m using GPP as a spring board. Getting back into the swing of things, photography-wise, is a challenge. I pick up the camera then put it down for a month. Regaining that passion, that drive, isn’t easily done. I have been reading The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon. I was lucky enough to meet Steve at GPP in Dubai two years ago. Wonderful guy. I am hoping his book of wisdom will assist in getting me back on the path. Continue reading “GPP and Getting back into the groove”
When I reembarked on my photography career a few months back I headed down to the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. I have a great affinity for the Star Ferry, it’s an institution in Hong Kong dating to 1888. Before that people wishing to travel from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island had to take a sampan.
It’s a fun ride, much more relaxed than taking the MTR. A few minutes on a chugging ferry and your in Central or Wan Chai, without the chaos of the MTR stations to navigate. It’s also a great place to shoot “street” photos as well as grab a few snaps of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. Shooting from a sometimes rocking boat isn’t the easiest thing to do – but you can grab a shot or two if you time it right. Continue reading “Star Ferry: Nice Light”
I want a Fuji x100s. When I look back at my efforts over the past few months I have seen great success with my my Fuji x100. More than the XPro-1 and Canon 5D Mark III. Why? I have no idea.
It’s a maddening camera, even with the latest firmware. The focus is as slows as workers returning to factory jobs after Chinese New Year. It locks up for no apparent reason. The menu layout is bizarre. Yet, the little beast has grown on me. Purchased secondhand, I’m happy with what it’s done. Most of the prints framed in my home were shot with the x100. Continue reading “Fuji x100s: I wants me one”