Boats in the Mist – Xingping, China

Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Google Nexus 5 yet? I am really tempted to pick one up, but not really sold on the 5″ screen, the 4″ screen was already big enough. Everything else about the phone looks so nice that I might just buy it anyway..

After starting this Behind the Scenes Photo Project a few weeks ago I started to realize, ” damn I have a ton of pictures from random adventures and great times”. It’s been really fun going back through them all:) Hopefully some of these will provide you with adventure ideas and inspiration for new travel locations. With the backlog of photos that I plan to add to my portfolio constantly growing you may see a behind the scenes location that hasn’t really made it to the website in the form of a portfolio picture yet. Are these Behind the Scenes shots a good edition to the website or do you wish they would go die somewhere? haha. No but really, would like to hear some thoughts…

Barely survived a night of sleeping/freezing on the great wall in -2 Degree Celsius temps. Got some nice Milky Way shots tho:)
Paul & I Feeling the Pain After Camping on the Great Wall of China

The Shot

As many of you travelers may know, the Cormorant Fisherman no longer fish for a living, but they do provide photography services for the right price. If you are in the Guilin/Yangshuo/Xingping area and would like to see these guys in action I highly suggest going through a guy named Jack who runs Yangshuo Private Tours. He provides a wealth of information, and will set you up with everything necessary and more. I was highly impressed & as goes for anything on this website, I mention his name and product because it’s amazing and for no other reason.
We woke up early, 4AM early, and I stepped out on to the nice little porch we had ( This Old Place Youth Hostel / Could stay here for weeks, awesome spot ) overlooking the Lijiang River, in Xingping. The water for instant coffee was hot, and we were ready to knock out the next mission on our trip itinerary. Up to this point in the trip weather had been perfect.
This particular morning it was pretty nasty, wet, rain, fog, you name it. None the less there was no way I was coming all this way and not getting a picture of the fisherman at sunrise. Mr. Huang the fisherman met us at 5AM and we boarded his small bamboo raft to venture up the misty Lijiang. Upon docking the boat, he setup his little skiff and pulled the birds out of their cages by the necks ( they didn’t seem to mind ). We proceeded to take numerous shots of him for the next hour or so.

At first it’s hard to get used to shooting very low light & High ISO ( 2500 in the case of the shot below ), but once you get the hang of it, taking an insane amount of shots will guarantee you get something sharp, and interesting. I came away with 10 shots that I really liked from the morning, here is the first to make it online. Upon waking up I complained of rain, but I think it ended up making this picture.from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
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The San Fran Man – San Francisco, California

Sitting around today I got what some call an “AH HA” moment. This idea or moment as some may call it is going to be a blast to share with everyone in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Here are  a few hints… 1) It’s online 2) It’s interactive 3) It involves star photography 4) Post processing is also involved .. Any guesses on what it might be? For you non-photographers out there, just skip all this non-sense and enjoy the pic below:)

The Shot
Walking around Chinatown in San Francisco is a blast especially during a warm day when people are out walking around all over the place. If you’re into taking pictures of people or people watching in general this is an awesome spot to hang out. I don’t post many pictures of people, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have a million of them on my computer…. do you guys like this kinda shot?

The San Fran Manfind more shots from my travels to San Francisco at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com