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Boats of Red

Something New

I’m in process of developing something completely new.  I hope it works out well, we’ll see.  If it does, I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.

Boats of Red

One of the real ‘tourist’ spots that we hit while in China was a place called West Lake.  When you’re in China, the locals will regularly tell you about how famous something or somewhere is.  I am not sure at what level of fame we’re talking about, but I noticed when we were exploring West Lake, anyways, that there were many local tourists, people from the country who were on holiday, so maybe it was famous.

Boats West Lake China William Woodward

The Man with the Tea

Street Photography

It’s fun, challenging, and can create some stunning images.  People who do it well are few and far between, and I made a little tutorial to help you get started.  Check it out here: https://www.wheretowillie.com/tutorials/street-photography/

In honor of the new tutorial, Shannon at SeeingSpotsPhoto and I are hosting another Photo Challenge (consider it a photo opportunity!).  Check out the tutorial, then submit up to two (2) photos to william@wheretowillie.com.   Iphoneography, instagramography, DSLR, film, whatever your flavor, get in on the action!!

The Man with the Tea

Wandering around West Lake in Hangzhou, China was great.  It was also interesting to have people out-rightly walk up and take my picture.  I didn’t mind, but it happened so often that I felt kind of movie-star-esque.  I guess my height made me stand out a bit.  I thought it was an interesting flip, since I was walking around taking pictures of the scenery and people there, and many of them turned their cameras on me!  This man was heating up some tea leaves in preparation for the brewing process, the big pot he had all the tea in had a heater built-in, but the tea needed to be continually tossed as to keep the temperature even.  He seemed to be able to tell if it was getting too much heat at the bottom of the pot just by feel, and then would give the whole lot of it a few tosses to cool and mix up the batch.

Man with Tea Hangzhou William Woodward

Speeding Thru Hangzhou

Ugly Photo Challenge

Lets finish these up this weekend all!  Can’t wait to see them 🙂  Email me your submission at william (at) wheretowillie (dot) com.

New HDRs

The tutorial will be all complete this weekend, so be looking for it on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday 😛 ).

Speeding Thru Hangzhou

While on a little exploratory expedition around West lake in Hangzhou, not only were there great views of the lake, and the scenery around, but there was all this awesome architecture and style along the outside of the road circling the lake.  I was enjoying the colors in the building here, thinking about trying to get a shot of it, when I saw these two people coming towards each other, one on a bicycle and the other on a scooter cart.  I had the f-stop turned up from some landscape shots earlier, so there was a bit of a longer exposure, just enough to create some movement in the people.

Thru Hangzhou China William Woodward

The Little Blue Fishing Boat

New Site, New Content

One thing to be watching out for is some really cool new content on the new site.   Looking forward to sharing some new tips and tricks, along with my first video!

The Little Blue Fishing Boat

I had been keeping my eyes peeled for a fishing boat when we had any time to explore around China.  I had seen a couple from the windows of the high speed rail, but unfortunately I thought it wouldn’t be a great idea to hit the emergency stop button.  This neat little spot was in the city of Hangzhou, a small-ish town outside of Shanghai.  The complimenting colors of green and orange and blue was pretty fun for this photo, and a little reflection always helps!
Fishing Boat Hangzhou William Woodward

Golden Glow

The Shores of West Lake

The weather was very much not cooperating when I went out for the day in China’s Hangzhou, intending to do some exploration of the famous ‘West Lake.’   Donning my rain coat and hoping for the best of a potentially wet day, spirits were still high.

Golden Glow

As the day progressed, it went from overcast, to overcast, to sprinkling, to overcast. No real rain was around to really ‘rain on my parade’, but it kept threatening.  The nice thing about that type of weather, though, is that it keeps the sky changing and interesting even in the middle of the day, which can be a pretty harsh time to be out and shooting.   This neat boat (maybe it was converted into a restaurant) was sitting pulled right up to the concrete pathway that surrounded this side of the lake, so I got up nice and close to the water’s edge to keep the pathway out of the shot.

Golden West Lake William Woodward

Red Building Reflections

Red Building Reflections

I wish I had a picture of what it took to get this shot.  The tripod I used on this trip didn’t really have a great way for getting really low to the ground, so I had to get a little creative on how I used it.  This building really had the ‘feel’ of China that I was hoping for, so when this little puddle showed up in the middle of the wooden deck, the idea quickly popped in to my head of a reflection shot (really that idea pops in to my head every time I see water…).

Red Building Hangzhou William Woodward