China September 1-14, 2012 Day 5

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @147mm, 1/500, f/4, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

BAM…street photography is just that – fast and powerful.  We often wander the streets, markets, and alleys in search of images that the normal photo tour may not expose their guests to.  How much more intense does it get on the senses than to round a corner and find the neighborhood butcher hacking away on chunks of meat that you can smell and see small chunks of flesh fly off AND oh, when you look towards the back of the room you notice mounds of meat waiting for processing?  M&M loves to take our guests to the streets to see what images we can create.

Sensory overload can be a good thing.  Take in your surroundings and look for images that bring the lifestyle and work of the locals to life and jump in and absorb as much of the experience as you can…more on that later.

My theme for the day was hands & food.  I am always amazed at what hands can do and I am likewise intrigued by the varied and unique foods you can find on the streets around the world.  I keep 2 simple rules about street food anywhere – has to be steaming hot and lots of locals have to be eating at the street stand/booth.  These rules keep me safe and my Cipro in my bag.

Canon 5D MKIII, CanonEF24-105mm f/4L IS @105mm, 1/320, f/4, ISO 1000, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

If you have never had fresh bread stuffed with hot, fresh meat and vegetables you have to try it.  You can find these anywhere in China but this little stand around the corner from our hotel is one of my favorites.  Ron (www.ronwyattphotos.com) did not try it but he said it smelled good.  Tastes even better!

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @157mm, 1/64, f/2.8, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

You should always make sure that your street food is well washed – I am not sure the shot below qualifies…the water is a bit too dirty to make things clean BUT the nice things is that she rinsed them again in “clean” water in the dish one over.

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, 1/400, f/3.5, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

Fast, simple, and full of nutrition is the order of the day for most Chinese street food.  This simple Chinese crepe took about 2 minutes to make.

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @147mm, 1/250, f/2.8, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

As we wander the streets we often run into other scenes besides food that catch out eyes.  I caught this card game by looking behind me while shooting at the above food stand.  A group of older men were “gambling” – not sure what the game was but they were intense and throwing lots of cash on the table.  I wonder if the hand is any good?  How did I get the shot?  It helps to be 6’6″ and able to get this angle over the man’s shoulder.

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, 1/1000, f/4, ISO 800, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

Anyone want to go to the dentist?  We came around the corner and looked to our right and what did we see?  Yep, a dentist working on a patient.  What catches your eye?  For me it was the open door right on to the street that allowed us to see inside and observe the work, no gloves, dentist was not wearing a mask, and OH, the dentist waited ONLY about 10 seconds after giving this shoot before she started extracting the tooth.  I could feel the pain…AND blow the image up full size and you can bubbles in the numbing agent in the syringe.  Is that good?

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, 1/80, f/4, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

No walk through the streets of China is complete without meeting the most beautiful woman in the neighborhood.  I found her – not only beautiful but hip with her purples, blues, and orange:

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, 1/1000, f/4, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

We finish where we started – the nicely chopped meat ready for folks to buy their portion for lunch, dinner or whatever.  Remember, there is so much more to visiting any location around the globe than capturing the iconic locations.  Getting into neighborhoods and shooting what the locals do, eat, how they live, and what their experience is in this human adventure bring meaning and life to our photos.  “You don’t just take a photograph, you experience it!” is our motto and we help all our guests understand its meaning before the end of each tour.  Get out and shoot.  Look forward to having you join us on tour soon.

Canon 5D MKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @147mm, 1/500, f/4, ISO 500, Lexar Digital Media, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport

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