China September 1-14, 2012 Day 6

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, 1/125, f/9, ISO 800, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Today we ventured of to Longsheng County which is famous for its beautiful Dragon Spine terraced rice fields and ethnic villages.  The well-known terraced rice fields were built over many generations’ beginning in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).  The fields built along the mountains slopes wind from the riverside up to the mountain top, with the highest elevation of 885 meters (2920 feet) and the lowest being 380 meters (1254 feet).  Besides the wondrous natural scenery, Longsheng County is also famous for its splendid ethnic customs and cultures.  There are 10 ethnic groups in Longsheng, including Han, Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Dong, and several others.  Each group possesses its own charm and differs from the others in architecture, clothing styles, food habits, festivals and customs.

We want to share just a few of the shots that caught our eye today.  We all love food.  There is a bit of a hike to get through the villages and to the terraces.  You pass some good smelling dishes and some things that don’t look or smell so good.  The food here comes with some kick (read spice) – just like this nice mound of chopped peppers and garlic we found on our way up the hike – it’s actually very good:

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 35mm, 1/64, f/4, ISO 800, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

This what the peppers looked like before they were chopped and all mixed together – had some fun with depth of field here:

Canon 5D MK III, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @ 70mm, 1/1600, f/2.8, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Of course, no meal in the area would be complete without corn.  On the way up you’ll often pass men and women scraping the dried corn kernels off the cob.  The corn falls where it may and then it is collected, stored, and eaten as needed.  Sometimes you’ll have a chicken or other animal find its way to the corn and scarf some up before being chased away.  I always like hands at work that is why I took the image below:

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, 1/64, f/8, ISO 1000, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

But, for us this area is all about the terraced rice fields and the lines, shapes, colors, and images we can create from them.  Of course, to the locals these terraces are all about cultivating their rice – the most consumed food in China.  There are a couple of great times to visit this area each year – May when the paddies are full of water, September/October when they are vibrant green, and November when they turn golden and are ready for harvest.  We are here in September and the greens are popping.  Hope you enjoy.

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 84mm, 1/160, f/8, ISO 500, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 88mm, 1/100, f/9, ISO 500, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Canon 5D MK III, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @ 128mm, 1/160, f/9, ISO 500, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

Canon 5D MK III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 88mm, 1/100, f/9, ISO 500, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

China has many great areas and sites to photograph.  Don’t let your fear of international travel or the stories you have heard about China deter you from visiting this beautiful and cultured country which enjoys a long and interesting history.  Travel with a group of like-minded people and let M&M show you China.  You’ll have the time of your life!

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