Garden, Japan

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Japan 2018

I wander between photographing in squares and rectangles. My squares tend to be more thoughtful, because I’m using an inverted image on a ground glass which is just a slower way of doing things.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, it is beautifully cared for and the staff give the impression that they are very proud of it.

Here, I have shared an image from the gardens, which I rather enjoyed.

View from the Park, Li Jiang

Bridge and Mountain, Li Jiang, China 2015

One of the things I love about China, is its varied landscapes. Here, it makes me think of a giant watercolour painting, with its reflections of the trees and bridge. As I look at it now, I’m wondering, if the point of view had been higher or lower, could I have got a reflection of the mountain?

As I recall it, this part of China is quite high altitude, with fairly hard light, which can make for striking landscapes. It can also give terrible sunburn: I can remember feeling my skin sizzle at the end of the day when I put on the “after sun”. During the day, it was quite warm, but at night it was very cold.

This was taken on a trip I took to Yunnan. This area was renamed Shangri-La, referencing James Hinton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. It certainly has mountains, monasteries and vivid blue skies.

Some technical details. For this (I think) month long trip, I just took my FujiFilm X100. Most of the time it took lovely photos, which were quite easy to edit later. Nice colours too.

Spring Festival, Hangzhou

Spring Festival, Hangzhou 2011

Hangzhou is a large town located a couple of hours (by fast train) from Shanghai. It is popular because of its large lakes and attractive green scenery.

On this occasion, I visited during the Spring Festival and it was very busy. Never the less, I had a nice time. It was lovely to sit by the lake and watch groups of people flow by.

I believe I was using an NEX5n with the little 18-55mm lens, which I think did a nice job with little fuss. As I look at it now, I wonder what a tighter crop with just the ox and bridge would have looked like.