Asia

I Made it Earlier than the Sun in Yangshuo (阳朔) - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Yangshuo (阳朔) in China has long been on my list to travel to.  There's an ancient saying in Chinese that the landscape in Guilin (桂林) tops the world, and that of Yangshuo (阳朔) is the best in Guilin (桂林) (i.e., "桂林山水甲天下,阳朔山水甲桂林" in Chinese).  Its rolling hills, especially hidden in a thin layer of mist, is mesmerizing to me.  You know I'm not an early riser.  But my behavior changes when traveling.  For one, I get up early to "beat the tourists" (see here as well).  And when traveling to a place like Yangshuo (阳朔), it's worth sacrificing every bit of comfort.  In this case, it means rolling out of bed and climbing up the mountain in darkness, with heavy gear, to catch the first breath of the sun.  And then wait to meet His Majesty.   

For a short window of time, we were rewarded with this spectacular sun rise.  Don't you love the play of light and the shades of colors?

BTW, according to the locals, we were the lucky ones - it had been raining in previous days and will rain again the next day.  So to see the sun, in these dreamy clouds, is photographer's-dream-come-true.  Of course, someone once said that the mighty power up there likes good people. :-)

P.S. It goes without saying that you can contact me if you'd like this beautiful piece of art to be decorating your living room, dining room, or bedroom. :-)

Sun Rise behind the Rolling Mountains in Yangshuo (阳朔) above Dreamy Clouds - ©Jean Huang Photography
Sun Rise behind the Rolling Mountains in Yangshuo (阳朔) above Dreamy Clouds - ©Jean Huang Photography

I'm Not a Big Sunset Photographer - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

That's right.  I love taking photographs around the time of sunset for its dramatic hues on everything (see why I choose sunsets over sunrises here).  But that doesn't mean I necessarily capture where the sun is.  

To me, when I feel something in my heart, that's when I press the shutter button.  It's a process where the heart comes first, and the technicality follows.  As the great Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "to take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart".  

While I was traveling in this ancient town of Hongcun, China (see also here and here), this scene captured my heart.  I "froze" it in my camera and brought it back so you can see what I mean.  Has it touched your heart?  

Sunset by the Moon Lake in Hongcun, China - ©Jean Huang Photography
Sunset by the Moon Lake in Hongcun, China - ©Jean Huang Photography

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