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.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China part 2

There's a white tiger napping under the sun at a corner of it's reservoir, it was quite hard to get a shot of it hence i twisted to 35mm (widest focal length that I have), and got something like this. Most animals prefer to nap under a shade, but it's quite rare to see animals nap under a bold tree.

There's also a big lake at the center of the zoo. It was semi frozen, and the trees just make a good match with it. Of course the mother and her son was another complementary.


There's also a huge tiger statue near the lion and tiger's den. It was very well crafted if i were to judge.

Another scene that attracts me the most in Beijing is the view where you see a straight and never ending pathway in between 2 rows of bold and dry trees standing along the pathway.

Spotted a kid put on an elephant statue to be photographed by her grandparents, but she was so scared that she wouldn't let go of his grandfather.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beijing Zoo, Beijing China part 1


After 1 week of work, my friends and I headed to the Beijing Zoo to check out how amazing is the largest zoo in China. It was quite disappointing. I was expecting a lot from them because it's the largest zoo in China. Well, I can't blame them because the weather is cold over here. Even the pandas sleep like a log under the sun. Everything was so slow that day. Here are some shots to share. 

Zoo Main Entrance

Big lazy panda

Small hungry panda

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Peking University, Beijing, China

It's the first time I'm in China, and the first time I enter a foreign university. Peking University, Beijing, is a huge campus and there are several lakes within the campus. Campus tour seems to be available for visitors, where the tour guide will lead the visitors to significant places and explain the history of it. Before the ice melted, in fact, it started melting already, I managed to get several shots during my lunch break. Here are some to share. 

Closer look at the frozen lake

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beijing, China part 3

Here are more street photographs.

When I look out of the window every morning from my room I can have a good view of old folks doing some exercise. Was wondering how many old folks in Malaysia does exercise every morning.

And noon over here seems so dull. Unlike the burning hot sun in Malaysia, I can simply sit on benches in the open parks without breaking a sweat.

Children always get a chance to play around the park during the evening.

the moon is always up and visible before the sunsets.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Beijing, China part 2

My work started on Monday and I have to walk around 30 minutes to reach. I have special urge to take out my camera every evening and snap some street photographs. Here are some to share.