Sunday, July 19, 2009

May 27 Frist glance of Bayanbulak 巴音布魯克草原

If the definition of "photo-graphy" is painting or draw by light, then the photographer is the one who chases light, and it is exact what we do. However in Xinjiang, chasing light means you drive to the location and find your own spot, and in this early summer, and with Chinese time, the sunset is very well around 10pm, and still that base on how long we want to stay over afer sunset to try to get the last glimpse light over the horizon. But, often you have to deal with yet another long ride back to the resting point, and sometimes it means hours, and it is exactly like that in Bayanbuak. So the best advise: go to Xinjiang, you need a good guide and better to be a good guy, and a good car, he will take you to where you want to go, but most important, take you back safely, no matter how late, or how early, because for us the photographer, waiting for sunset is one kep subject, waiting for sunrise is yet another key subject.....and Neo, succeeded and went beyond the scope of what you would expect from a good guide and driver.
Hours of driving across the grand mountain faces, we finally on the highway moving toward Bayanbulak, and just about sun about to set, we came to this spot, and make some of last pictures we will take for today, and what a beautiful end of of day - at least to us. For Neo, it is yet another 2-3 hours drive to our hotel, in total darkness.
This one taken with a Nikon D3X with AF-S 24-70/2.8G ED, Wanbing is in this picture making his mater piece.This one, by my beautiful wife, Pook, with a Canon G10. A good example of how much a small camera can do. Tip: Don't leave home without one.This one also with Canon G10, a panoramic image stitched of 4 captures, original size 10,119X2,871 pixelsThis one, with Nikon D3X and AF-S 24-70/2.8G ED.D3 with AF-S VR 70-200/2.8G IF-ED.It was freezing cold and time to go, Neo still have more than 2 hours driving to reach our hotel, besides, everyone started to feel a little hungry, and it was 10pm already!

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