Monday, April 30, 2012

White Pagoda, Beijing, China

Here's another tourist attraction in Beijing, China, White Pagoda. Again it has a huge compound, landscaped into a park just like other parks in Beijing. There were performers, dancing non-stop. There are also wishing temples where people write their wish on a wooden tag and hang it at the trees outside the monastery. It is a nice place to hang out, especially when there's bright daylight. After the shivering cold winter, this is definitely a place to enjoy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Accumulated photos, Beijing, China

Here are some accumulated photos over 2 weekends. As we always head out late, the sunlight is most of the time too strong, which kills the amazing colours. Here are some from different places such as YuYanTan  (a park full of peach blossoms), Temple of Heavens, and Forbidden City. Unfortunately, we went a little too early, most of the plants in YuYanTan have not bloom yet. What a bummer!! We also headed to Temple of Heavens but spend most shots on my film camera. On Top of that, we also headed to the Forbidden City, like its name stated, it's "forbidden" to go on weekends. We were frightened by the crowd and went some other less populated places.

Outermost Door before the entrance of the Forbidden City

Temple of Heavens

Bubble fascinated kids

Blooming peach blossom 

The photo below has nothing to do the above places. I'm just very amazed by the sharpness of the Minolta 35-70 f4 lens also known as Mini Beercan. This photo was cropped at 100% zoom.

Monday, April 9, 2012

798 Art District, Beijing, China part 2

The place is also a very popular place for photoshooting. I have seen several photoshootings carrying on during my visit. Here are some to share.

Friday, April 6, 2012

798 Art District, Beijing, China part 1

The weekend after Hou Hai, we headed to the 798 Art District. The district is an area of decommissioned military factory buildings of age 50-years old. It's famous for its unique architectural style buildings. I somehow couldn't find the entrances of the factories. However, there are plenty of interesting stuffs around the District.. Here are some photos to share.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hou Hai, Beijing, China

After the great wall, we continued our day at Hou Hai. It's an area with 3 lakes connected with narrow stream. It's indeed a very nice place to hangout during the evening for recreational activities and also night time. The reflection of LED lights during the night make the lake very colourful but I did not have my tripod with me so I missed out a lot. Here are some to share..

Monday, April 2, 2012

Great Wall of China(Badaling stretch), Beijing, China

I believe it's a must to visit the great wall when you visit Beijing, it's one of the 7 wonders of the world. It was really nice to experience the steepness of the path ways. There will be a lot of question marks in your mind while you walk along it. One of the question that I had in mind was, how fit soldiers have to be to stay put on their guard or maneuver along the wall. However, the Badaling stretch is just too crowded for me, and the scenery aren't that nice, I think there are other stretches of the great wall which are much better. Here are some to share. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Summer Palace, Beijing, China part 3

Foggy scenes can also make a very nice view. Although we couldn't see the scenes clearly, but they produce a mysterious, dreamy feel where I think very nice silhouette photos can be produced. Here are some to share. Sadly shortly after these shots, it started raining, and that night we have snow in Beijing. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Summer Palace, Beijing, China part 2

The ancient China architecture always amuses me. The fine artwork and workmanship are so impressive, and they always embed their culture and believes in their work. Seeing through these artifacts really tell a lot about its history. As we walk around the palace, there are uneven landscape changes which we found it hard to walk from one corner of the palace to another in fast pace. Putting this in a slave's shoe at the ancient time, just how much energy they need daily? Here are some photos to share..

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Summer Palace, Beijing, China part 1

It was a fine day when we decided to head to the Summer Palace in Beijing but when we enter the palace, the weather turned foggy. First time entering a palace, It looks normal when I first step into the compound. However, as time pass, I start wondering just which corner are we located in the palace. Well, it's a palace after all. Having a look around the palace, I can imagine how powerful an emperor was. Such uneven landscape and yet, there's a palace on top of it. I've used both my Minolta 7000AF and Sony A100 during the visit. Here are some photos from my A100 to share. 

A Korean family portrait in the palace

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Caramel Machiato, Beijing, China

There is a coffee shop just outside my office, but none of my colleagues tried before. Hence, me and my friend went for a try. The environment was so nice, where you have leather seats everywhere, very cozy. Looking at the menu, I didn't know what to order as the price is considered expensive in the campus. Then something came to my mind, since I didn't spend much on my birthday, I think I should give myself a treat. Thus, Caramel Machiato was my choice. It taste great! with the fragrance of the coffee with the sweetening caramel, it's simply nice. Here are just a few photos I took.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beijing, China part 4

Street food still taste the best, despite the reviews about cleanliness. Although there are repetitive stalls, I still enjoy the same food. 

and here is an evening view of the unnamed lake in Peking University..

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China part 3

Was so eager to go to the bears' section, but I was welcomed by 2 bears only. How sad was that. The black one wasn't so attractive, hence I paid more attention on the brown one.

Also here are some of the other animals.

Looking at the photographs I took using the Minolta 35-70 f4 lens really makes me happy, it can be so sharp!! The two things that bother me is the Minimal Focus Distance and its range. 35-70mm on a crop sensor is just too tight for me, who likes landscape more than others. With this limitation, my photographs moved towards portraiture more than landscapes. Well, it's good in a way that I can improve my sucky portraiture skills.