Sunday, July 02, 2017

All Aboard for my Next Destination

Colorful architecture in the town of Firastefani, Santorini Greece at night
Lately, I've been gathering some of my night work into a portfolio of sorts, getting that together and all. I really do shoot a lot of night work and sometimes it's hard to cull it all down to a manageable set. At times anyway it feels all but unruly.

In other news, I have started the process of booking my next trip. This fall, "God willing and the creek don't rise" as they say 'round these parts, I'll be attending a workshop called "Autumn in Guilin" which is actually a giant location shoot in the smaller Chinese city of Guilin. Guilin looks like a wonderful destination and I must confess I can hardly wait for this trip. I'll be traveling with Tillman Crane (from my Dakota wanderings) and I'm giving this trip to myself as a birthday present. We'll be venturing off to Guilin which is a smaller Chinese city-not the Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong you might expect, no, this is a sort of "quiet, slow" trip to China. We'll be working at what he calls a "photographer's pace." I'll probably have to speed up even for that but you get the idea.

Guilin itself is about the same size as Austin. It lacks some of the smog of the larger cities and has not the "hustle bustle" of the larger urban areas. What it might lack in crowds however, it more than makes up for with natural beauty. It's known for having a dramatic landscape, being surrounded by hills of limestone and beautiful rock formations. There is an old Chinese saying, ""Guilin's scenery is best among all under heaven." (Chinese: 桂林山水甲天下; pinyin: Guìlín shānshuǐ jiǎ tiānxià)

I'll be traveling in conjunction with a language school there named "CLI" or the Chinese Language Institute. They have a website that features a lot of scenic videos about Guilin. You can check that out at the following link: https://www.studycli.org/guilin/

I have always wanted to visit China so I can hardly wait for this. Though it's a few months away, there is a lot I have to do in terms of prep work. Already started making a list of sorts and trying to knock it out as I don't want to wait until the last minute, not with a trip like this one. You'll hear more about my trip in the coming weeks and months I'm sure but now you're in the know, so to speak. Welcome aboard for my next destination and please follow along if I can come home with some great pictures.

Until next time...

PS This one taken with the Canon 5D Mark II on the island of Santorini at night. Very colorful and refreshingly void of tourists at night.


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