The Muslim Quarter, Xi’an

Street food, Muslim Quarter, Xi'an, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 56mm lens, 1/250 @f1.2, ISO 320

The city of Xi’an is one of the oldest in China. At one time it was the country’s capital and is positioned at the end of the Silk Road. Referred to as a gateway to the west (even though it’s located in the eastern half of this enormous country) it is a city where the Islamic cultures and peoples found in north-west China merge with the predominant Han Chinese population.

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Wedding Photography in China

Wedding, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/250 @ f8, ISO 200

It amused me to see recently married couples having wedding photos taken in the picturesque spots of Chinese cities. The couple above were being photographed at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Nobody seemed to mind when I made a few photos for myself.

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Playing Cards at the Temple of Heaven

Playing cards at Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/250 @ f8, ISO 800

 

The Temple of Heaven is one of Beijing’s major tourist attractions. And so it should be – it’s a beautiful structure. Like many places in Beijing the site is huge and includes a park with numerous buildings. One of these is a long, covered walkway with benches along the side.

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Jingshan Park, Beijing

Jingshan Park, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/250 @ f5, ISO 1600

 

Jinghsan Park lies to the north of the Forbidden City in Beijing. There is a hill that you can walk up with a pagoda at the top and views over the city. People come here to enjoy the view and take photos.

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Postcard from China: Xintiandi

Xintiandi, Shanghai, China

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog for the last few weeks. I had hoped to post some photos as we travelled around China, but found myself too busy and too tired at the end of the day to be able to do so – particularly with China’s internet restrictions which make accessing my website more difficult than it should be.

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Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module (second edition)

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Five Ways to Use Lightroom Mobile

Using Lightroom mobile

When I’m in China next month I will spend two weeks visiting the cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Hangzhou. I won’t have my laptop with me but I will have an iPad, which I intend to use for backing up photos, viewing images and deciding which ones to process. How that will work in practice remains to be seen – I will let you know after I have tried it!

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What I’m Taking to China

Shanghai at night, China

Below is the list of photographic gear I’m taking on my one month trip to China. I’ve switched from Canon EOS to Fujifilm cameras with this journey in mind. My aim was replace the larger, heavier Canon dSLRs with a lighter mirrorless system that is easier to travel with.

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Managing and Backing Up Photos on the Road

Hong Kong

In a few weeks time I fly to China, where I will spend a little over a month travelling and seeing the country. My wife and I will stay in Shanghai initially, then visit the cities of Xi’an, Beijing and Hangzhou. I will talk more about the gear I’m going to take with me in another article, but for the moment I’d like to spend some time discussing an issue I’ve been thinking about for a while – safeguarding and backing up photos while on the road.

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The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle

Ultimate Digital Photography bundle

The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle is released today.

A few years ago I read my first photography ebook and I was hooked. Shorter than most print books, ebooks are a fantastic way to learn about photography, especially those written by master photographers with a knack for teaching. You may have guessed it – that first ebook was written by David duChemin, and inspired me to write one myself.

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