After a wet, gloomy few days working in Shanghai the weekend was free. I decided to head to Hangzhou a couple of hours bus-ride from Shanghai. Described as a quiet picturesque town situated around a lake. Unfortunately the worse excesses of the Chinese tourist industry were there to behold.
I have never seen so many people.
Quiet - it wasnt
Picturesque - it may have been once
As for the lake - I couldnt see it for boats
And the weather set the tone for the day - grey overcast skies and drizzle.
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leo61 (0) 2008-04-15 11:20
I envy you for beeing able to combine your job with travelling......
What an expression at his face and what wonderful green tones overall.An excellent composition and you placed him perfect in the frame.
No Burma this year,but Turkey in September
alaindiveu (210) 2008-04-15 15:53
Amazing color for this picture.Did you change the white balance ?
Anyway, the result is great, as usual.
It's a vzry good travel portrait
kevinos (7517) 2008-04-15 19:21
I'm sorry that your day was so disappointing, Elaine, but , a least you got one good shot from it. He has a wonderful lived-in face and a grat candid expression. The dull light has fused the context into an harmonious whole and is lifted by the detail on that lovely bench. he seems to be holding a mobile telephone or an MP3. An interesting comment of Chinese life. Regards kevin
Floydian (30970) 2008-04-16 2:06
Dus je zit in Shanghai voor je werk? Dat klinkt erg leuk, maar leven en wonen in zo'n enorme stad is nu niet het meest ideaal beeld wat men van China kan krijgen. Daarom een rustpunt gezocht en hier gevonden. En rust straalt de foto zeker uit, mede door je gekozen kleursetting zonder schreeuwende contrasten, tinten en kleuren.
Mooie subtiel in de compositie, perfect op scherpte...heel mooi.
nwoehnl (122) 2008-04-18 5:20
Hi Elaine, I hope that all is well. Good candid capture of the man sitting on the ornate bench. The dull lighting actually works well in this situation, I think, and transports a somehow melancholic mood. Interesting character face and simple yet balanced framing. Enjoy your weekend.
ChrisJ (117667) 2008-04-18 6:29
A superb daily life scene & portrait from Hangzhou. Good sharpness & dof. I like the sidewards glance. Tfs!
Angshu (56760) 2008-04-23 0:31
Even in gloomy light & with the gloomy looking subject, you created a really good portrait. Like the framing off-centre, with him looking into the frame. I like the decor on the bench as well. Good work!
noborders (1010) 2008-05-10 2:43
Hi Elaine, I don't know why but this photo touches me a lot - maybe for its colours, or absence of it. Hangzhou was one of the places that I liked the most in China (with Huangshan), but in the beginning of the 90s there used to be a sort of old guesthouse the other side of the lake, far from the city, not much frequented and very quiet. I returned there 3 times, the 2 last times the weather was similar to the one you describe but in a way I enjoyed it too - the 1st time was an enchantment with the golden light in the morning mist... If you have the chance to return, try to avoid the centre of the city, which I found uninteresting and too crowded - anyway, your photo captures well your mood but it also represents the life in the parks anywhere in China : this is a beautiful portrait !
BennyV (20445) 2008-10-09 9:04
This must be my favourite among your recent uploads. A bad trip, apparantly, but this is a great shot to take home, even if it's a gloomy one.
I like the positioning of the man, the stick sticking up and, of course, his expression: tired and not amused at all. Lovely greens and yellows, too.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (15390)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 11:12