For Christmas, my girlfriend and I decided to go to the mountains. She's a workaholic who can't seem to relax. I'm someone who tends to relax at most instances. Though there is WiFi at the hotel, we agreed to just relax and be. No plans, just do what we felt like each morning without reservations.
It was rather peaceful and worth the trip. We stayed at this lovely hotel, where the mom of the owner was the cook. Hands down the best Chinese food I've had since moving to China. Attached is a video as to how quiet it gets in the forest. It can be magical. Mount Mogan ( The Bamboo Forest) is located in Dequing County in Zhejiang Providence. It's not too far away from Shanghai, and definitely worth the trip if you want to get away from the bustling city life. We stayed at Moganshan Bamboo View Guesthouse. The owner speaks English and they have AC and Heater units.
These are black and white shots taken on my first visit to Hong Kong. A lot of things happened in this trip that made it special. It is another one of those cities that people say is magical for photography and photographers.
Here are a couple editing using the mobile apps VSCO and Snapseed.
Hong Kong - I've always been curious about Hong Kong. My girlfriend lives there, while I live in mainland China, and she invited me over to come and spend sometime with her. The city is pretty magical and exciting. There are a lot of foreigners in the island. It is such a diverse population that I am really thinking about moving over there.
I went to Clockenflap, which is a 3 day concert and got to see M.IA., George Clinton, SIGUR ROS, and a couple of those bands.
The city seems like a possible permanent destination in the future. It is full of bright colors and interesting people.
Camera: Sony A7R Edited : Snapseed
Sony 28mm F.2
Updates from Shanghai, China. I've been settling into a normal day to day routine since I got to China. This week I'm back in Shanghai to meet up with my girlfriend and explore more of the city and its provinces.
Since moving to China, I've had to learn to adjust to a couple of things. First one has been my crazy work hours and how exhausted I am at the end of the day. I'm one of those people who usually edits photos at the end of the day, but after moving here, I'd rather sleep since I have a 5:25am wakeup time.
Sony 28mm F/2
I've been using Snapseed to edit my photos more and more and have moved from using VSCO. Though, at times, I will not be able to match the same edit on Lightroom, I find it a lot easier to use the app since it has HDR, filters, black and white filters, and selective edits.
It's not perfect by any means. However, it is comfortable. I just wished it could edit larger images and save them with the same file size. However, beggars can't be choosers and it does do a pretty good job.
Sony 28mm F/2
I'm still shooting with the Sony A7R. I really want to upgrade to the Sony A7RII, but I think I'll wait for the new model to come out and catch the camera at a discount price. The other thing I've been wanting is the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8.
I saw it in person and it's a bit big compared to the camera. However, I think it is more instrumental than the 85mm F/1.4 for me right now.
For these last 2 days I've been using the Sony 28mm F/2 and the Minolta 135mm F/2.8. They have been really great. I'm still walking around with the Voigtlander 40mm F/1.4, the Contax 90mm F/2.8, and the Sony 16mm F/2.8 with the Ultra Wide adapter, which makes it 17mm after the APC-S to Full Frame conversion.
Minolta 135mm F/2.8
This place is definately photography heaven. I've been so intrigued and fascinated with how the old city is still present and not blending in with the new city that is being constantly upgraded. These old villages are slowly disappearing to make space for new apartment buildings and multiplexes. A lot like in the rest of the world.
Sony 28mm F/2
I know that for someone who enjoys exploring and taking photos this is the type of place you want to visit, however, I also know that these are in no way liveable living conditions. It is sad that these areas are not being kept and maintained by their own people. Because I'm sure at some point they were beautiful in their own right.
Minolta 135mm F/2.8
It's also interesting to experience the culture. Living and coming from America, what we see in TV is not always accurate. They are exaggerations or stereotypes hyped to be funny. However, being in Shanghai and exploring some of it during this tourism days there are a lot of people who are characticatures.
It seems more like the influence of K-Pop (Korean Pop Culture) has become a large part of the young Chinese culture.
Contax 90mm F/2.8
This are still things I have not gotten accustomed to. People spitting loudly on the streets, kids just crouching to pee anywhere, and people just about peeing anywhere. This was taken in the middle of a walkway in a tourism area. Rather than taking their streets to a bathroom or a bush, the parents just watch the kids squad anywhere and pee.
I guess it is more environmentally safe, and a lot cheaper than buying diapers.
The End for now. Enjoy the rest of the photos.
Shanghai from the Holiday Express Hotel - Oneplus 3
Well, I had been deciding what my next move was going to be for a while. I needed to go faraway from Miami. I felt I needed a challenge in life, and photography. I had been to the same places, I had seen the same faces, but wanted more. I was getting a little bored with the Miami subjects and landscapes. They had been shot thousands of times.
The opportunity came to get a contract out in China and I jumped on it. I sold all of my positions and gave away what I couldn't sell.
I said goodbye to my friends and family on Saturday, and left on Sunday early in the morning. Now I'm here and I'm aching to pick up the camera again. I went for a walk this morning to get used to shooting with the OnePlus 3.
It's a nice camera, but I have noticed that it uses a slow shutter to gain brighter photos in the morning when it doesn't need to. So I took some blurry photos. I had to play around with the manual settings to get it to a shutter speed and ISO I am comfortable with.
Hopefully, this phone's camera will be my perfect point and shoot for my everyday shots. Either way, I hadn't really written in a while and wanted to go a big update.
Enjoy the rest of the shots. All of them were shot with the OnePlus 3 and edited with SnapSeed.