Never in my dream have I thought of setting foot in Iran. A few of my photographic friends attested this is a place on planet earth never to be missed, and urged me to fulfill my bucket list as one of the “Mecca” for photography enthusiasts.
One of Iran’s attraction is her architectural beauty. But the greatest attraction and assets could just be its people. They are friendly and extremely hospitable, and are particularly curious about foreigners. Often they will invite you in for tea.
If street photography is your thing similarly to my affection, Iran can endlessly offer a plethora of unmediated chance encounters and fascinating random incidents in many places.
2,500km by road in 10 days
They were strumming beautiful music. Not long after I took a few shots, right in front of my eyes, these two buskers were roughened up and detained by plain clothed policemen, presumably operating without licence.
Amidst the current privation, these elderlies remain lively and cheerful, preserving a high spirit through a daily regime of morning workouts.
UNESCO registered, it is regarded as one of the biggest public squares in the world. It is full of life and activities by day and night. A prime destination for both domestic and foreign travellers
Shah Mosque in the back ground. Chariots are available for a ride around the square compound.
Art students having a fun time.
Vank Cathedral, Isfahan.It is not easy to get a clean shot without the stream of visitors moving around. Adding to this difficulty, then came this gentlemen stood right in front of my camera. Lo and behold, I found his stark presence inevitably offered me an interesting composition. I quickly clicked away. I'm happy with this shot without wasting more time for a cleaner background.
Nasir Al Mulk Mosque,Shiraz.It has been dubbed the “Pink Mosque” due to the plethora of pink-colored tiles blanketing the ceiling. The interior of this mosque is not big but nonetheless will be packed with photography enthusiasts by early morning. The attraction of this mosque is the gorgeous rainbow of color in every direction, helped by the sun lights piercing thru’ the stained glass. The pattern changes throughout the time. Its like stepping into a whirling kaleidoscope.
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Cannery Row Marina in Monterey in Midnight Fog
Pelicans Over Cove at Point Lobos California
Multi-Colored Sunset near south of Monterey at Point Lobos California
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
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The word Guilin inevitably transcend our mind to associate with the overflowing belt of bizarre mountains which are magically rounded at the top. These incredible limestone rock formations are actually found in the outskirt of Guilin. Yangshuo is one of the popular location to soak up the majestic sight, and provides inspiration for many poets and artists.
Some fishermen and cormorants pictures will be accompanied with this set as cormorant fishing is synonymous with Guilin.
Can you imagine the mountains are your backyard
Shops and some sort of bazaar within the mountainous area
A cool sunrise in Yangshou - The magical mountains with Li River at foreground.
Sunrise in Yangshuo - The magical mountains with Li River snaking through.
Sunset at Yangshou
Fishermen with cormorants as co-partners are a common sight along the Li River
A proud cormorant. Kidding. Description will be a misnomer. These birds can dive to great length and submerge for a long period of time to catch their prey with the hope of self consuming. But the ring encircled the bird’s neck will prevent it from swallowing, and the owner will claim the catch. The enslaved cormorant is destined to work for life for his owner. Poor thing.
A fisherman thumping the water to attract fishes for cormorant an easier catch
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These are seascapes as opposed to landscapes. They were shot in Xiapu, Fujian province (China), a hidden gem for photography. It offers different scenes throughout the 4 seasons and during harvesting time will have different scenario. I went there twice and feel like going again. Its never enough.
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Been a long time since I have posted anything! Did a shoot at a local bridal shop. This shot was taken through a strand of Christmas lights in front of camera with a blue gel on an off-camera flash shot into the ceiling with a second strobe with a grid shot into the face of the model.