Li River, near Guilin, China

China has long been on my bucket list. I knew that the mysterious country would surprise me; however, I must say that my first shoot of the day blew my socks off. We were up at 0315 for a 0400 departure.  On the water while still dark, I could begin to see the shapes of the mountains in the background coming to life. I was happy just shooting mountains if nothing else, but we were positioned for the elder fishermen who once worked the river for a living. With fish in the river now depleted, making a living by fishing has become impossible. However, after earning a living in the cities, several of the elder fishermen have returned to the river to model for the tourists, giving us a sense of what it was like in years gone by.

Li River, near Guilin, China

Hasselblad H6D50c, ISO 800, HCD 35-90mm @ 50mm, f/5.6 at 1/180 sec hand held.