Hongcun bridge closeup

hongcun-bridge-2
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

As mentioned before, I don't think there's a chance to take an image if the bridge only. However, if you're early and patient enough, an opportunity might present itself when only people who actually fit the settings are on the path.

I know... Continue »

Hongcun bridge

hongcun-bridge-1
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

I firmly believe that it is now impossible to take a picture of the bridge in Hongcun without people already occupying it to take a selfie. Or a lot of selfie. And one more selfie.

This was taken 07:05 local time, about an hour after sunrise... Continue »

Sunrine in Hongcun

hongcun-lake-sunrise
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Just the sun rising above Hongcun with misty mountains in the background. Nothing special apart from the idyllic and near perfect conditions to feel how China probably was a few hundred years ago.

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Sunrise at the Moon Lake in Hongcun

hongcun-moon-lake-sunrise
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/15 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

The Moon Lake is in the middle of Hongcun and is the "belly" of the water system running across the town like veins. It has fisn, snails, shellfish, and a lot of special plants that filter and clean the water.

We tried to get out... Continue »

Empty morning in Hongcun

hongcun-streets
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/15 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Want empty streets in Hongcun? Sleep inside the town, because it's loked from visitors till 7am. And get up around 5am. If you do so, you'll meet adorable cats loudly welcoming you and a crispy morning, with unique street views.

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Saturday night in Hongcun

hongcun-night
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.6
Shutter speed
1/10 sec
Focal length (as set)
75.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

If you go somewhere for a week or a bit more it's inevitable to have a Saturday night included. Saturday night at any heavily tourist populated are can be bad, but Hongcun was a lovely suprise: it was lit with lampions, everything was open till... Continue »

Couple in the sunset in Hongcun

hongcun-sunset
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/3.5
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There were so many people staring into their phone, or taking selfies - except them. This young couple took a photo of the place, and not a selfie.

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Sunset in Hongcun

hongcun-village-sunset
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Hongcun ( 宏村 ) is a small, old village in Anhui province - and it's location of the opening scenes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This fact made Hongcun one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in China. I saw images from before... Continue »

Working on the Emerald Valley

emerald-valley-worker
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Swarms of tourists are usually bad in a scenic area, but at least in this very case, it shows how well the Emerald Valley is maintained.

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The greens of the Emerald Valley

emerald-valley-greens
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/15 sec
Focal length (as set)
39.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There is a good reason why the Emerald (or Jade) Valley is called like that: there are hundreds of different shades of greens all around, including the ponds themselves.

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Emerald Valley

emerald-valley
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/4000 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

China has a system to rank scenic areas, which takes capacity, beauty, historical importance etc. into account. The AAAAA spots, like Huangshan, are the nicest, largest, most crowded places in China, because everyone hears about them. Regardless of... Continue »

Huangshan - stairs and tourists

huangshan-stairs-and-tourists
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

Our 2019 visit to China was the first time ever that even with patient waiting it was impossible to get a view of the scenery without people. So I kept the people. At least they make the steepness of Huangshan is visible.

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Huangshan scenery 4

huangshan-scenery-4
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/2.8
Shutter speed
1/800 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

The deeper you go into the rear valley, the wilder, the more alien the landscape becomes in Huangshan.

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Huangshan scenery 3

huangshan-scenery-3
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/2000 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

These mountains with the flowers and the spectacular pines are worthy of being the topic of so many chinese landscape paintings.

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Huangshan scenery 2

huangshan-scenery-2
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

A view of the rear valley from the scenic route of Huangshan.

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Huangshan scenery 1

huangshan-scenery-1
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

A view of the front valley from the scenic route of Huangshan.

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Huangshan Panorama 2

huangshan-panorama-2
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
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sec
Focal length (as set)
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ISO
Lens

It's nearly impossible to properly capture landscape with "deep shadows and brilliant highlights", but I tried to do my best. Non-HDR, multi picture panorama put together with Huggin.

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Huangshan Panorama 1

huangshan-panorama-1
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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ISO
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Huangshan is a unique place. It's also vast, surprisingly long to walk, and even after the Golden Week it's still packed with people. Regardless of that it's beautiful.

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Tangkoucun 汤口村

tangkoucun
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
39.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 6400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Tangkoucun ( 汤口村 ) is the small town at the feet of Huangshan mountains - this is where the bus to the scenic area takes you to. If you get here in dark, it's certainly not one of the most welcoming looking places, but it gets a lot nicer in light.

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Greens of West Lake

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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ISO
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The West Lake itself is a big, open water, but around it, especially in the corners, there are wonderful, smaller areas, filled with lush greens, and sprouting lotus.

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Hangzhou West Lake at night

hangzhou-west-lake-night
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
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sec
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ISO
Lens

The West Lake in Hangzhou is probably one of the most visited tourist spots in the whole of China. Apparently it's true beauty only appears when there's mist and fog around - having had a clear night when we were there, it seems fairly true.... Continue »

Bamboo Pattern

bamboo-lined-path-pattern
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

Taken at Yunxi Zhujing, Hangzou.

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Bamboo Lined Path

bamboo-lined-path
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

Yunxi Zhujing is one of the less visited, smaller attractions of Hangzhou. It's easy and possible to get there by bus from the West Lake, and it's a nice escape from the swarm of tourists at the big highlights around.

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The tea house building of Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-teahouse
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

On my attempt to re-create a photo I mistakenly shoot as video - and therefore only have it in a small resolution1 - I got up early on my second day during our visit to Stara Wieś as... Continue »

The sauna building and the tea house of Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-sauna-and-teahouse
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Along the previous picture, this is another perspective on tea house and the sauna building at Dojo Stara Wieś, with a lot of sunshine at a dazzlingly cold morning.

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Panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-panorama
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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
Focal length (as set)
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ISO
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Before saying goodbye to Stara Wieś, I wanted to make an image of the whole little village. This should have been made either earlier in the morning, or much later, at sunset, but when you go there to train, one can't simply run and leave the class... Continue »

Snowy panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-snowy-panorama
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
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sec
Focal length (as set)
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ISO
Lens

When you expect the same weather one year apart on the same spot in Central Europe, it usually doesn't work. I deliberately got up 5am to make use of the incredible water surfaces next to the houses at Dojo Stara Wieś, only to realize that this... Continue »

Snowy morning between the houses at Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-snowy-road
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/50 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
K or M Lens

Same morning as the previous image1 about the lovely dojo at Stara Wieś, with it's curving roads across the fantasy Japanese village.


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Snowy rooftops of the living accommodations at Dojo Stara Wies

stara-wies-dojo-snowy-rooftops
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/50 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
K or M Lens

A year later to our previous visit1 we repeated our Spring Retreat with Pa-Kua2 to the magnificent dojo at Stara Wieś. On... Continue »

Antico Borgo in Galtelli

albergo-antico-borgo
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Galtelli, the old capital of Sardinia has extremely narrow and quite steep streets, with adorable places to stay at; this is one of them.

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Dune di Piscinas

dune-di-piscinas
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

One of the nicest little beaches on Sardinia, which we got to by a little walk, across the dunes.

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Drought

drought
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/1600 sec
Focal length (as set)
130.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro (A001)

Spikes, dry dirt, heat - although it's a bit of an illusion. This was next to a stream, on an area which only gets wet during spring, but it was right next to fresh water.

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Gorropu Gorge

gola-di-gorropu
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
0.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
K or M Lens

Gorropu Gorge is gigantic, peaceful, quiet, and quite steep to get to when walking. There are signs up at the top of the hill before starting to descent that it's no a light walk, and I have to admit, it's a decent climb down and then up, but it's... Continue »

That is not a snake

not-a-snake
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
Focal length (as set)
120.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

That piece of driftwood genuinely scared me when I spotted it through the rocks. The moment you move or zoom closer, the illusion disappears.

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Reptile

reptile
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
180.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro (A001)

This little fellow was staring at me after a rain at Sardinia, in a small forest of olive trees, covering ancient ruins of disturbingly sharply designed sacred wells1.

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Not Ireland

not-ireland
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

This is a deceptive image: from all I know, this should be in Ireland. Reality says this is on the semi-island of Sardinia, below Tharros.

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Mine, abandoned

abandoned-mine
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/2.8
Shutter speed
1/1600 sec
Focal length (as set)
87.5 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro (A001)

There are a couple of abandoned mines in Sardinia - this one was turned into a museum, which would have required hours and guided tour to see inside. We were not that interested to inside, but the view certainly had stereotypical lost wild west... Continue »

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