Blue Hour in China

Evening shot of the last remaining authentic Cormorant Fishermen as they pull their rafts onto a small shoal on the Li River.  This image works for me because of all of the leading line and angels that are present.  The haze and orange glow was a wonderful treat just as the sun retreated behind the clouds.  Other than slight contrast change and final sharpening, there was very little that was done to this image – just about straight out of the camera as you can get.  I owe that to the great low light capturing capabilities and the true color generated by the sensor of the Hasselblad.

During some down time in all of the landscape photography, we hit the local Fuli Market in hopes of doing some candid street photography. I found the Chinese people in this market to be very humble and more often than not, unwilling to participate in a quick photo session. Thanks to my Finnish guide, Andy, who speaks Chinese fluently, I was able to walk away with a few images. When doing this type of photography, it is critical that you create a sense of interest in your subject rather than just pointing a camera at them and asking for a photo. I have found that humor is often the best way to break the ice but being sincere, and honoring their place and spirit, are key to having much greater success. 

Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 35-90mm @ 42mm, ISO 100, 1/60sec at f/9.5.