On the way back from China I stopped in at Hong Kong. A stroll by the harbour with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the 35F2 yielded some good results. I'm quite happy with the photos of the ships against the backdrop of the city lights.
The morning began with a trip to Lotus Park with a leisurely walk to the top of the hill. On the way back down we saw people practicing Tai Chi and a group of students that had graduated from Yoga class. The next stop was the art gallery and then onward to the museum.
The Shenzhen Guan Shane Art Museum is named after Mr. Guan Shane, a famous Chinese artist, educator and master of the Lingnan School of Chinese painting. Below are some works from a variety of artists.
Below are some artefacts that were on display in the Shenzhen Museum. Some of these items are over 3000 years old.
After the class lesson on Saturday, the students took me to a small festival gathering. It's based around the Xiamen Mooncake Gambling tradition where members gathered around a table roll dice for a chance at winning prizes. The atmosphere was wonderful and it was easy to see how a shared experience of studying together had made them life long friends. There were many toasts and speeches throughout the night which didn't end after the dinner was eaten ... it was time to sing! Why not, alcohol improves ones singing voice after all, or so I was told. Moving on to the karaoke bar we sang to western and eastern music well into the night ... or was it the morning! Such a great experience to share with the students.
Yesterday I flew into Xaimen, it was a long day of traveling. This morning I was taken on a tour of Gulangyu Island, located in the southwest of the city. It is a very picturesque place with about 20,000 residents living on the island. In July 2017, it was listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. There is a saying here that "If you come to visit Gulangyu Island and don't climb to the top of Sunlight Rock, then you haven't visited Gulangyu Island". Well, today I learn't that gravity is not my friend ... what a steep climb! The view at the top was amazing.
Today I visited the Yunnan Minorities Cultural Village in Kunming with Aron, a cousin of a friend Linda, whom I studied with in Adelaide. It's nice to know people who know people. The minorities cultural village is host to 26 minority cultures, each with their own particularities in terms of language, religion, and in the ways of conducting themselves in relation to others, in attire, eating habits, the way of travelling, festivities, marriage, birth and burial customs. Aron mentioned that a lot of western people don't travel to visit this wonderful place which I think is a shame. The cultural clothing was incredible, so bright and detailed.
Today was day two in the schedule for the class at Nankai University in Tianjin and it was jam packed. We had so much material to cover and a very limited amount of time to do it in. The class is wonderful, always polite and friendly. Below are a few photos of the students as they got together to discuss their group presentation and do the first of their tests. Cathy (pictured below), the course administrator, has been a great help with organising the class facilities.
Today, Sunny from Nankai University took me to the Tianjin Museum. The building has five levels and spans 55,000 square meters in floor area. The exhibitions on show were "The Origination of Tianjin Culture", "Selected Rare Relics Collected by Tianjin Museum" and "Tianjin - An Epitome of China in the Past Hundred Years".
Last week I arrived in Beijing to teach a class at Nankai University a subject in the Master of International Relations in Economics and Trade program. Today Nankai University gave me a special treat and organised a tour for the day. Tiffany and Mr Lee took me to see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. We rode the cable car up and walked back down. The walk back was quite a challenge - 10,000 steps up and down steep inclines. When we reached the bottom, Tiffany bought a fan with Chinese blessings written in calligraphy for me and my family. It's a day I won't forget. What a wonderful experience.
It has been a while since I have taken the camera out to do some photography. Steve phoned tonight to catch up and we drove down to Port Willunga to photograph the pylons of the old jetty at sunset. The photos were taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF18-135.
Those that have been following my blog for a number of years would have seen my passion for street photography grow. I find this style of photography very rewarding, particularly when something seen every day is captured in a way that encourages the viewer to appreciate a time and place or discover beauty in ordinary things. However, more than having a passion for this style of art, I think it's both important and necessary. The street photography style pioneered by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson captures daily life and documents history. An example of why this kind of photography is important can be found in Vivian Mayer's photographic works. Her images have recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century. Countless photographers across the globe, both professional and amateur alike, capture images of life as it happens. Last night I walked through the streets of Osaka around Ebisu Bridge the Dotonbori Prefecture with the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF35f2 to see what I could capture. What better place to do some street photography than in an area which influenced Ridley Scott's film Bladerunner?
Thirteen years ago I spent three days in Tokyo on my way back from a work trip in Montreal. Last night I was asked to go to Japan with a friend. That night I packed my bags and the next morning I was on a plane to see Osaka, Kyoto and Himeji. After a twelve hour trip we arrived, checked into the hotel and went out to dinner. Although once again this is a brief trip, I certainly plan to make the most of my time here. I'll try to post some photos each night and show you some of the sights.
It's the school holidays and the family and I decided drive to Moonta for a few days. We spent the day at the beach and then watched Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. After the movie I went for a drive to take a few photos of the sunset and the jetty at Moonta Bay.
I took these photos when I travelled to Sydney in 2013 and thought it would be nice to repost them for those who have not seen them before.
I have recently been thinking about getting a new camera with a higher megapixel count - either the Fujifilm X-T2 or the X-Pro2. Searching through my photo library I found some photos taken back in 2005 when I was in Canada. The photos in this post were all taken on a Nikon D70 - a 6MP camera. I can't remember what lens I was using, but I am sure it was a standard kit lens. Seeing these photos taken on the Nikon D70 have given me reason to pause and reconsider an upgrade just yet. I was happy with what I got with a 6MP DSLR - I still am. Perhaps the 16MP X-T1 will be my camera of choice for a while longer.
Steve, Olivia and I drove to Hallett Cove and walked along the Hallett Cove Boardwalk. Steve flew his DJI Phantom 4 drone whilst Olivia and I took some photos of the sun setting over the ocean. You can find out more information on the Hallett Cove Boardwalk and the Marion Costal Walking Trail here.
I was given some tickets to see tonights football match at Adelaide Oval. It was the local club, the Adelaide Crows vs West Coast Eagles. I brought the X-T1 along and was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed - like a little champion. I was able to able to get some great shots with the XF 18-135 lens. I have to say that this lens is a must for a Fuji photographer, the OIS is sensational and it's a remarkably versatile lens. Having taken it to the US, Switzerland and France I know that it is an excellent travel lens, but to see it perform like this for sport was a surprise. I wonder how the XF 50-140 F2.8 would have performed ... if only I had that lens in my kit!