Mountains in Yunnan

Dali, Yunnan, China 2015

This is another photo from my trip to Yunnan in 2015. Yes, I have this as my banner, but thought I would write about it.

The path the photo was taken from led to a large lake. In the foreground, you can see paddies which were in cultivation. In the background, you can the mountains which surround Dali, casting shadows, which when mixed with a little dust make interesting patterns of light.

This all came about because we could see the lake and naively believed “it couldn’t be that far away”. Well, it could. It could be a good 2 1/2 hour walk, with the sun slowly setting behind us as we arrived. I remember thinking, “It’s a bit cold now”. And then it was night…..

Technical info. This photo is a composite of 3 pictures from the X100. It looks like a fairly faithful rendering of the view from the road. Perhaps next year, my New Year’s Resolution will be to carry a studio tripod with me (like one of those people who say: My sharpest lens is a tripod). Might not make it to make the next lot of resolutions!

A View of Hong Kong Island

Stitched PanoramaI never really left the UK until I was well into my thirties. Never felt I had the money, or to be honest, the inclination. But then, I got a job working overseas – and it has never really stopped since then.

This is a composite made from about five photographs of Hong Kong. All hand-held with a DSLR and then stitched together in software. And I quite like it. Part of me wants to crop the bottom of the picture off, but I like the light on the waves. I also like the two ferries in the foreground, with the warm light in their cabin. For some reason, I always enjoy going on the Star Ferry, particularly at night and watching the lights across the harbour.