Suzhou, a 2500 year old city is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta and to the west of Shanghai and has
several pseudonyms; "Capital of Silk", "Land of Abundance" and "World of Gardens". But because 42% its area is covered by water, it is often referred to as the 'Oriental Venice'.
The streets and alleys extend side by side with canals, small bridges and flowing waters and the white walls and dark gray roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance. As a poem describes, "On arriving in Suzhou you behold: Houses are all pillowed on water's edge". The gentle waters make the prominent urban scenery.
This shot was taken near the hotel where I was staying which was some distance from the main tourist area. Not particularly beautiful or touristy, but functional and very important in the daily lives of the local residents that use it every day.
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scroller (3407) 2007-10-13 7:21
Very good composition here and the mist/fog gives an extra dimension to the picture.
One might hope there will be no floods...
askin (0) 2007-10-14 1:40
This is a very interesting find for me. I am the author of the book THE SECOND VENICE-
ISBN 1598000888 (Outskirts Press) - a fantasy satire.
and I am thrilled to find a real "Second Venice" in China...
I would like to have my book published in China (and in other countries as well) and would be obliged to hear from anyone who has connections in this area.
THE SECOND VENICE was No.1 in ITALY MAGAZINE. Its reviews can be read at :
www.archinect.com www.compulsivereader.com www.thesop.org
The book is available at every major internet bookshop incl. amazon, also in China.
contact me : email@example.com
with reference to TrekEarth in the subject column. Thank you.
tcht (7565) 2007-10-22 9:24
Im genuinely surprised at the lack of comments on this picture. This is a very nice pic to me. Colours are so good - love the colour cast here, sepia-like and you've managed to get that feeling of old. And there's the bright-ish umbrella and red sleeves of the person, which is very interesting, as it adds to the mysterious atmosphere. THen you have that bridge at the end which conveys the depth so well. Cool refelctions too and the moody/ smudgy sky gives us an insight to China's pollution problems. (...when I went to Suzhou this year it's real sunny ad blue, but still little bit smoggy). excellent effort here ;)
pablominto (53744) 2007-10-29 2:26
I like this fine composition, and the calm water in the canal is attractive to my eyes!
Good point of view and fine diagonal lines in the composition, and the small splash of red does good for the image!
Dpbours (222) 2007-11-05 0:29
Though a bit overly sharpened, I do like the PoV choosen here. The high horizon and decentered position of the bridge as well as the little boat in the foreground. Composed very well, but the natural feeling is lost by overly sharpening it.
Good note as well - something I do appreciate are good notes. So 1 point for the compo and 1 for the note!
- Copyright: Terry Stillman (tsti003) (285)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 18-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-13 7:17