Apples from Zhaotong

昭通的苹果

Normally apples don’t get to grow at such low latitudes, but the high altitudes of the Yunnan plateau provide low temperature and good sunshine for these juicy fruits, with clean soil and water as a plus, which is getting scarce in the north of the country. Since the introduction of apples to Zhaotong in the 40’s, this small city has been the major provider of apples to the southern half of China. Their production can also easily reach the South-East Asia within 3 days after harvest.

Mid-Jul to Sep is the season of harvest. We were very lucky to be able to snatch a good couple of kilos from the local farmers who were selling them at the side of the road at a very reasonable price. You can hardly get fresher apples than those. Mostly they are the pick of the day and are still wearing the rain from the morning.

 

2 Sep, 2013. Zhaotong, Yunnan, China.

Shot with a Canon 5DIII + Canon EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L  IS II USM

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A mother and her two daughters

Jiajia_mergedno flash

I’m quite a newbie when it comes to portraits. Several months ago I went to Matt Anderson’s one day workshop for better flash photography (I know, the point of the workshop was better flash, but practically better flash for portraits), and I was in urgent need for models to practice, with or without flash. But who can be forgiving enough to tolerate my endless requests — “can we do it again this way? again that way?” — happily?

…My loving grandma, auntie, and mom! Big thanks to them! They have been great models, trying their best to support the photographer, even though they are no natural posers in front of cameras.

Big thanks to my cousin too, who was temporarily my assistant for this session. She could immediately understand what I wanted, and translated my ideas to detailed instructions and jokes that made the most nervous subjects smile. I cannot ask for a better assistant.

This was no professional session — to start with, there can be much better wardrobe and make-up work, which virtually didn’t exist — but I think everybody enjoyed it!

PS. When put side by side, portraits with flash really pops out, a lot!

Behind the scenes…

Aug, 2013

Shot with a Canon 6D + Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, with or without Canon 580EX II controlled by Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver set for Canon

Zurich Wildness Park 苏黎世野生动物园

It’s a great place to be on a warm day especially with the family — they have programs for children every now and then. www.wildnispark.ch

It’s located just south of Zurich city. Take train S4 to Wildpark-Höfli. It’s only 26min From Zurich main station (HB), and there is a train every 20min. A 24hr ticket costs 6.6 CHF with half fare card. And the park is completely free!

这个地方非常适合跟家人一起去散散步,特别是如果天气好的话,舒服得很。他们也常常都有为小朋友们安排的节目,大概都是教小朋友认识动物认识自然的,不过都是德语的。从苏黎世主火车站坐S4火车只需要大概26分钟就可以到,在Wildpark-Höfli下车。每20分钟就有一趟火车,若有半价卡一张火车天票6.6瑞郎。而且公园是完全免费的!

 

We paid a visit last week. The walk in the spread-out park was particularly pleasant. Thick canopy chilling, birds singing and churring, strong scent of Bärlauch flowers in the air. Occasionally one can see several deers or other animals watching you passing by cautiously. Right, the animals are captivated, but in rather wide open areas, and they are mostly local Alpine animals, so I would say they seem to be happier than those poor guys in the zoos. And yes, that means one also need some luck to see the animals.

我们上周去了一趟,在树林里散步非常舒服,绿荫幽幽,小鸟啾啾,空气中充满了野蒜花的气味。偶尔能看到鹿啊啥的野生动物机警的跳过。这个园子里动物们不是自由跑到,还是关起来的,只是地盘很广,它们可以比较自由的跑来跑去,而且它们大都是阿尔卑斯地区的本地动物,所以应该还是比一般动物园里的可怜家伙们安逸舒适许多。当然,这也意味着咱们得有点好运气才能看到这些动物。

 

We had pretty good luck that day. When we paused at the park center for a lunch, a little bear family came to enjoy the cooling pond. Hardly anything can beat the fluffy jumping cubs with their cuteness. They enjoyed the splashing for a while, and retreated back to the deep green.

我们那天运气应该是非常好的。中午在园子中心停下用餐时,一个小小熊家庭过来玩水。那毛茸茸又活蹦乱跳的小家伙们可爱得不得了,引得一大群人使劲按快门。它们玩了好一会儿水后,又归隐到那深厚的绿荫中了。

 

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两周前和同事去远足 Hiking with colleagues last weekend

这个玩意儿。。。实在是不习惯。。。貌似不能在图片之间插字,又不能把图片挪来挪去的。。。非常受限。。。

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嗯。两周前的周日(10月3号)天气很好,和同事去Appenzell爬山。金秋,就是蓝天配金色的叶子,很切题。

中间有个小插曲,我踩进了稀泥。。。把腿拔出来的时候我鞋子还陷在里面。然后拿了个棍子才把它撬了出来。。。抹去表面的一大层才又勉强穿上,继续走。现在我的鞋还没洗(gore-tex的我也不敢乱洗),当然稀泥已干,成了千层鞋。。。

不过那天看到了瑞士有名的裸体登山者。。。眼尖者见照片。。。不枉此行。。。还看到了一家人养的小种马,就跟大点的狗一样大,超可爱 =D 还毛茸茸的~不过另一方面我也挺这些侏儒马感到悲哀的。最后一张照片里的是Appenzell当地典型的老农民,高原红的脸,叼根勾勾状的烟嘴。另外,据说当地传统农民夏天是从来不穿鞋的,此已被当事者证实。

Hiking 2 weeks ago (3 Oct) in Appenzell. Golden autumn, blue sky. Stepped in mud on the way…now that shoe of mine is still not washed, quite crusty though…The biggest reward is to be able to see a naked hiker, very famous phenomenon in Switzerland (check the photo to see if you can find him) . In the end saw a couple of dwarf horses, super cute and fluffy!!! Though I also feel sad for the poor mutated animals at the same time…In the last photo one can see a typical local farmer, with red cheeks and sucking on a tobacco pipe all the time

Nice day!