McDonalds reflected in a pool in Yangshuo. This wasn't here in 1999 when I last visited, & the former 5 star hotel at left (Paradeso) has fallen into disrepair & is now condemned, & overgrown with weeds. The old hotel's grounds are now a carpark. I have mixed feelings about fast food places in prime tourist areas. Perhaps a less prominent position would have been better? For a comparison of how it looked in 1999, please see the workshop. Some would say progress, others not.
The bridge & street at right are still decorated with red paper lanterns, for Chinese New Year, which fell on 22 January.
But the background karst peaks still look as lovely as ever.
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Silvio1953 (123515) 2012-02-13 0:47
Ciao Chris, fascinating composition with lovely reflections, fantastic mountains, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio
danos (87465) 2012-02-13 0:50
excellent presentation of the place with the refletions of the backdrop Mts to are reflected on the calmly surface of the pool in Yangshuo.The only cacophony is the foundation of the Mc Donalds in the area.
pajaran (52594) 2012-02-13 1:56
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lepo mesto i trenutak sa refleksima na vodi ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom prikazu.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Kod nas i dalje Sibirska zima, vanredna situacija i pada sneg.
Good text with the given data ...
Nice place and a moment of reflection on the water ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and display beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, my congratulations on a good display.
All the best in the new week began.
With us still Siberian winter, emergency situation and it's snowing.
Royaldevon (30181) 2012-02-13 2:08
I have similar feelings. I remember being taken on a tour of Paris and having a McDonalds pointed out because it had silver lettering rather than gold; did we care!!!
Despite the big 'M', this is a fine shot. The soft greys surrounding the building produce a sense of calm and tranquility. Love how the vibrant colours in the f/g gradually blur into the mist of the b/g; great sense of depth.
Have a good day,
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-02-13 2:14
Great photo, Chris, Some say we are moving forwards, I am not to sure, the 5star hotel was in keeping with the surrounds. Super reflections captured. Anyway as you say fantastic Bg, view. Tfs, Cheers Iain.
SnapRJW (31427) 2012-02-13 2:25
Hello Chris - While the shot is good with wonderful reflections, despite the overcast day, I have to say, I'm not that keen on the prominence of McDonald's .... somehow it takes the magic away from the stunning location doesn't it? Mind you it does add a nice splash of colour contrast!! Warm regards Rosemary
bayno (18342) 2012-02-13 3:04
your reflection is always stunning, here i like also the strange conformation of the mountains, the sky is not so wonderful but we cannot have all in hour live, i saw the WS is incredible how is change the place and the light ehehe, nice shot, best regards,
JFS (32459) 2012-02-13 4:08
Perfect duplicate of this amazing panorama, the mountainous BG is splendid!
mauro61 (52623) 2012-02-13 4:13
immagine in cui la struttura del MC Donald con i suoi colori si lega alle vecchie costruzioni, segno del moderno che avanza.
Buona resa dell'immagine,anche se la luce era poca, e buon risultato con i riflessi sull'acqua,
pierrefonds (57487) 2012-02-13 5:01
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the buildings. The mountains are framing well the city. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49280) 2012-02-13 5:33
this is a strange and evocative image especially on reading the commentary. Such amazing scenery and a sign of the times I suppose. Why McDonalds cannot present themselves in a more aesthetic way is beyond me. Not easy to clone them out either!! Beautiful shot despite the big M.
Have a great week - Brian.
Cricri (107244) 2012-02-13 5:58
Et oui les McDonalds semble partout dans le monde!!! une vue différente avec l'ajoute du nouveau batiment, mais un cadrage et un effet de miroir parfait
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-13 6:00
The reflection is perfect, the water was not a ripple. The colors and sharpness make this picture interesting and fun show, before the background to the visibility reduced. Very nice and good achievement. Bravo.
Have a nice day
danyy (0) 2012-02-13 7:16
Ce n'est pas de la cuisine traditionnelle qui se reflète dans les eaux tranquilles. Je dois avouer que j'aimerais essayer un mac donald chinois.
La beauté des paysages avec ces montagnes acérées.
rychem (23964) 2012-02-13 8:02
Ideal reflections, perfect mirror, excellent done
prasun984 (5590) 2012-02-13 9:12
wonderful shot with nice symmetric reflection in the calm lake...like the BG mountains range in foggy weather...
Great management of light, sharpness, clarity. Wonderfully executed photo.Fantastic POV and also DOF.
I like it a lot. Amazing work !!!!.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
gildasjan (41628) 2012-02-13 9:38
Un cadrage symétrique soigné qui laisse toute sa place aux reflets.Une image de très bonne qualité.
dkmurphys (50008) 2012-02-13 10:05
Well captured calm scene. I like the reflection and the superb mountains. Well done, enjoy a fine day.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-02-13 10:25
Ola Chris ,
Lindo reflexos destas casas neste rio , ficou um autêntico espelho , magnificas as montanhas de fundo parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cornejo (32148) 2012-02-13 10:27
Hi Chris, very good image of this beautiful view with reflection and the famous restaurant, lovely photo technically very good, with sharpness and depth. A nice quality work very well done, congratulations my friend. Good night and happy week. Tfs.
emka (79831) 2012-02-13 11:06
Oh noooo, Mac Donalds in such a place! It should be prohibited by law. The place in 1999 looked much better. it happens very often that McDonalds and more often some banks who have a lot of money spoil the place with their buildings. It would be such a beautiful photo if the yellow M's (ten of them altogether!) were not present. Nice bridge.
jurek1951 (42158) 2012-02-13 11:53
Wonderful architecture. Lovely colours and excellent details.
dta (67198) 2012-02-13 12:23
Hello Chris ,
Whart a good idea to show the two pictures ! For sure , it was better in 1999 , and the waeather was better , too . Nevertheless , this view is excellent , with splendid reflections .
jemaflor (85456) 2012-02-13 12:28
Great water mirror, impressive result with this Bg and the double view, good choice for the pov, tfs.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-13 12:50
McDonald's is popping up everywhere in Asia. Nice image with clear reflection in the water. Lovely backdrop of the mountains which is also reflected in the water. I like the splash of yellow and red from McDonald's. Beautiful atmosphere.
divail (8330) 2012-02-13 19:31
J'avoue que c'est triste de voir un McDo dans un endroit si magnifique. La photo de 1999 nous montrait un paysage beaucoup plus intéressant. La réflexion sur l'eau est superbe par contre, et très bien photographiée.
batalay (35739) 2012-02-13 19:33
Down with progress, if fast food restaurants replace historical sites. But I cannot be a Luddite about it — who would have thought we would have computers (smart phones in our pockets) and send photos and critiques around the world at the speed of light. I set up a group theme, Mobile Phones, recently, that would not have been possible in 1999. This is a superb shot, but I like the 1999 version better.
jusninasirun (17160) 2012-02-13 20:36
I hope all is going well with you in China. This is a nice shot capturing McD with beautiful reflection. The rocks in the backdrop is stunning with misty feel in the frame.
delpeoples (53167) 2012-02-13 23:30
Great title and excellent reflections. The scene is beautiful despite the difficult light. A wonderful shot, congratulations.
Have a lovely day
jjcordier (76852) 2012-02-13 23:57
Pas sûr que la Mac Do ait accru la beauté de ce superbe paysage!Je préférais la vue de 1999. Il n'en reste pas moins que l'on admire la beauté du reflet du paysage dans ces eaux très calmes.
mesutilgim (85396) 2012-02-13 23:58
I wished I could have even a tiny point in that globus where this red and yellow logo, symbol of capitalism, does not exist !!
Anyhow, even though, a capture with amazing reflections and perfect layout.
Modern, nature and tardition hand in hand !
TFS and best regards
Nicou (123190) 2012-02-14 1:17
suepr compo e tiamg emervielleux quel reflet des montagnes et des maison quelle couleur sueprbe captage.
bravo et amitié
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-02-14 3:08
Chris! All I can say is WOW! Seeing both photos with in a different time is really amazing! Talk about change, development or whatever you call that is. Seeing Mcdonalds in this kind of area or region is simply fascinating, you can see how the western world is really penetrating every corner of this planet. I will never be surprised if one day Mcdonalds will open a branch in Pyongyang! LOL
Anyway, of course, everybody would prefer the workshop photo as the authenticity of the scenery was preserved, I guess seeing modern structures are not that appealing to these kind of views, IMO. Anyway, thanks for sharing this one! Very enlightening post!
serp2000 (40350) 2012-03-11 6:24
Amazing shapes... I really like this double composition.Fine mix of the Chinese landscape and a famous western brand. Well done! TFS!