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Finding Shiny China with an MC W.Rokkor.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Michael in China, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    I live and work in Zhuhai, A small Chinese city of 1.56 million, suggled tight against Macau at the entrance to the Pearl river estuary. Although the dust, dirt and vehicular anarchy remain intact, Zhuhai is, udoubtedly, a part of "Shiny China". Yes, it is still a little rough around the edges, but it is modernizing at an eyewatering pace. As I write this, I can literally hear a bullet train whistling through the station across the road at 200km/h. This in a country which, only 25 years ago, was relying heavily on steam locomotion.

    My work schedule is usually hectic, but one of the joys here is that if I want to "travel" all I need do is leave my apartment. Life in China happens on the street, and for every photo I take, I see hundreds of missed ones - fleeting glimpses seen from a bus window or from the seat of my trusty bicycle as I rush from one job to the next.

    Recently, I've taken to attaching one of a small collection of manual Minolta and Seagull primes to the OM-D and heading out with just one lens. It's helping me to photograph more and faff around swapping lenses less.

    Here are a handful of snaps of a new development which very much epitomises life in shiny China. All were taken with through an MC W.ROKKOR f2.8/35mm. In the bad old days I would've been shooting Kodak E100s reversal film. In that tradition, these images all are all as from the camera, no post. I'm not a purist, just lazy.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8364777740/" title="70 086 by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8364777740_fb37167019_c. "800" height="534" alt="70 086"></a>
    but is it art?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8364775422/" title="70 083 by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8364775422_31a3ce5908_c. "534" height="800" alt="70 083"></a>
    She was engrossed in reading something on her Galaxy

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8364720220/" title="70 055 by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8364720220_682d6dbeaa_c. "534" height="800" alt="70 055"></a>
    A golden tower or a gilded cage?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8364718208/" title="70 052 by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8364718208_16cc0aef14_c. "534" height="800" alt="70 052"></a>
    Hot Fuzz!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8363879512/" title="flower by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8363879512_54453f3b4f_c. "800" height="534" alt="flower"></a>
    I'm not a big Art Filter user, but liked the X-process filter for this flower. The W.ROKKOR was wide open and ISO was 1600 with a speed of 1/30 (-.7 EV).

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24202979@N06/8363653727/" title="OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by kiwi_michael, on Flickr"> 8363653727_7f3a83e85b_c. "800" height="534" alt="OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA"></a>
    Not so shiny. Dust, dirt, smog. The price of rapid development.

    Please feel free to comment, critique, ask for more or beg me to stop.

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  2. Vol

    Vol Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    Very nice set of interesting images, Michael .
  3. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2013
    Los Angeles / Copenhagen
    It's great to see other laowai's in china on this site. Peace.
  4. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    Thanks Chris.

    Whereabouts are you in the Middle-Kingdom?
  5. PhilS

    PhilS Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Phil Savory
    love the patrol car
  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I was expecting a photo of a teacup,
    no matter, got some street photos instead :) 

    I like "Hot Fuzz" and now I want to see the matching cops : Duplo or Fisher Price?
  7. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    Fake Lego :wink:
  8. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    Since taking this photo at a nearby development, I've noticed that our own campus security guards have got a spanking new 6 seater electric "police car".
    It's easy to poke fun at the local rentacops but, after spotting a samurai sword-like rubber baton in one such patrol vehicle, I've decided not to laugh too loudly. Being obnoxiously hoity could be damaging to one's health.
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