Tangkoucun 汤口村

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/4.5
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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.

Greens of West Lake

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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.

Hangzhou West Lake at night

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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. Without the mystical cover, it's a merely large, although very nice lake with a bright, and modern view.

Bamboo Pattern

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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1/80 sec
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50.0 mm
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ISO 80
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Taken at Yunxi Zhujing, Hangzou.

Bamboo Lined Path

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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1/80 sec
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50.0 mm
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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.

The tea house building of Dojo Stara Wies

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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1/400 sec
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85.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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 well.

No rain, no sleet, lovely sunshine. And cold. And wavy water surfaces. As a result I wasn't able to re-shot the image, but at least I found another perspective to show the surroundings of the tea house.


  1. https://petermolnar.net/dawn-at-dojo-stara-wies/

The sauna building and the tea house of Dojo Stara Wies

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/4.5
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1/500 sec
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35.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

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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 to take a panorama; especially when the classes are up in the big building on the left, at the top of the hill.

Snowy panorama of Dojo Stara Wies

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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 time my companions are sleet, cold, and grey misery.

The truth is, the place is still beautiful, even if you're shivering in your bones.

Snowy morning between the houses at Dojo Stara Wies

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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1/50 sec
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85.0 mm
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ISO 800
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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.


  1. https://petermolnar.net/stara-wies-dojo-snowy-rooftops

Snowy rooftops of the living accommodations at Dojo Stara Wies

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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A year later to our previous visit1 we repeated our Spring Retreat with Pa-Kua2 to the magnificent dojo at Stara Wieś. On the contrary to last year's glorious ~23°C, the first morning was gloomy, with sleet and snow. At least it was different...


  1. https://petermolnar.net/dawn-at-dojo-stara-wies/

  2. https://www.pakuauk.com/

Antico Borgo in Galtelli

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/8.0
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1/100 sec
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35.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Dune di Piscinas

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/11.0
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1/160 sec
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35.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Drought

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/4.0
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1/1600 sec
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130.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Gorropu Gorge

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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 worth it.

Due to the size of the gorge, it's hard to show and represent it in photos, so I decided for trying to capture the colours that surround you when touring through it.

That is not a snake

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/4.5
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1/250 sec
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120.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Reptile

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/4.0
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1/160 sec
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180.0 mm
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ISO 400
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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.


  1. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/well-of-santa-cristina

Not Ireland

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/16.0
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1/80 sec
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35.0 mm
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ISO 80
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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.

Mine, abandoned

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/2.8
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1/1600 sec
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87.5 mm
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ISO 80
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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 feeling to it.

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