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As always, these are some great shots and commentary...keep them coming.
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
*Giorgio de Chirico*
I don't know the name of this mountain, but since the bus wait was so long, I was able to photograph it whenever the light changed. Of the several dozen this shot is my favorite. I *think* this is Mt. Daje (13,780 ft)
This little girl poses for photos in her traditional Tibetan garb.
Boy in his.
Having not seen much in the way of wildlife in China, I was excited to see this chipmunk thing off in the distance.
Some fall color. If i were to return, it would be later in October. The photos I have seen of the valley in fall are amazing.
My Jiuzhaigou Valley portrait.
Here you can see the result of the landslides in this region. because the karst topography, every peak is unstable, and landslides are common and dangerous. With the seismic activity here (the valley is part of a fault line) and recent sizable earthquakes, landslides have been the leading unnatural cause of death in the last 5 years here.
This landslide reaches all the way to where I'm standing by the lake.
Long Lake... very photogenic.... though the light was just horrible when I arrived. The clouds were off. I was shooting directly into the sun... so I waited... and waited.
The snow-covered peak is Mt Ganzigongzaii (14,954 ft)
The water here was an amazing shade of blue-green, depending on the angle of the light.
Joni was a good sport waiting with me. So I did some modelling shots for her.
These pics get better and better. And because of that I am wondering your "balance." At what point does you photographic instinct compete with the simple pleasure of the travel, food & friends? Is that not the dilemma? Or maybe I am alone in that photographers paradox.
Not much for me. I choose only to travel with people that either understand I want to take photos, enjoy taking photos themselves, or are there to take photos as well.
The last trip had legs of the journey added primarily to take pics. This time around was more about cuisine. I carried my camera and shot less.
Such a beautiful place! The Mt Ganzigongzaii photo reminds me of a Canadian Rockies scene.
Loving the photos, Matt.
I can also relate to David's comment about finding balance. It's not easy for me either.
I tend to think of trips to anywhere as opportunities to take photos...and I have to constantly remind myself to just put the camera down for a bit and simply enjoy the view....very hard to do most of the time.
So much of my pleasure is derived from capturing great shots and everything I see is a potential photo. However, I know that this often sets me at a distance from the people I'm with and can be unfair to my travel partner. If you travel with another photographer, maybe this wouldn't be a problem!
Also, occasionally I know I've missed the real experience of an event....like spending so much time trying to capture good fireworks photos that I don't really get to "see" them and enjoy the thrill.
I'm sure it's a common dilemma for many photographers. I'm interested in hearing how others handle this too.
Often when I take day trips with family, I just bring the s95 and I never really use it. I have done a great job removing photography from family and personal events.
I have stopped bringing my camera to fireworks events. I am also very happy bringing my s95 with trendy and stylish case in lieu of my SLR when i go to dinner or out to the market (when in china especially). Joni was very happy carrying the s95 around and snapping what interested her. She really liked having a nice camera in her hands and she wants to get one of her own now. When I got home I had a chance to look at here photos and I would have to say, she has some talent. She also likes to take pictures of dead bugs for some reason. I'm glad I let her hold onto that camera, though she had a nasty habit of placing her thumb directly on the lens.
Jing is a fellow Olympus shooter, but with her, half of my shots have to be with OF her... so she is patient as long as she is the subject of a lot of the photos.
My friend in Shanghai... she didn't know anything about photography, didn't really care to make photos, but she really enjoyed taking me to places I could get some decent shots of.
We spent maybe 2 hours here at the lake. Very peaceful.
This shot is going on my wall.
Tail end of that rock slide off in the distance.
Time to talk about Karst Topology.. it's interesting because we have this type of ecosystem in a few locations here... where ancient, exposed limestone rock is cracked and eroding quickly. The soil takes on a high calcium chemistry. Plants adapted for growing on the shadowy surfaces and the nooks and crannies and that have a high calcium tolerance become dominant. The streams sink as cracks and caves carry surface water underground. Calcium dissolves in the water as calcium carbonate, giving off those spectacular colors and makes the water more acidic, which speeds up the dissolution of the bedrock. Sound familiar? Buttermilk Falls in Leroy, Akron and Indian Falls, Chittenango Falls and Green Lakes State Park are small Karst areas. What does it lead to... well... Jiuzhaigou is one intermediate stage, over hundreds of thousands of years mountains, hills dissolve away leaving small stumps of what was once mountains. This is what happened in mountains of Guilin.
A bus shows up and wedding party comes out for photos.
A short walk from the lake is the Five Colored Pool, which is spectacular. Water trickles in from underground cracks in the rock. The water is so high in calcium, it has the most brilliant colors of all the lakes.
These photos never cease to simply amaze me...its as if I am there standing right next to you while you press the shutter. Any of the photos would look great on your wall, but the first one is definately top notch!
Is that the groom wearing jeans and sneakers?