Xi'an, one of the ancient capitals of China. Resplendent with the Bell Tower (foreground) and Drum Tower (background). When we arrived it was hot, desert like, much much cleaner than Shanghai. While Shaghai had been deafeningly loud with motorists laying on their horns at every possible opprotunity, Xi'an's drivers seemed to exercise restraint.
Now, what kind of music would you imagine to be playing the background?
(p.s. do you notice the construction equipment in the far background? While the city and the tourist attractions are quite old, circa 1300s, a lot of new construction is "relocating" peasants to highrises to sell the land to universities who want to capitalize on the "culture")
So, what music is playing in the background?
Did you guess club style techno? Well, I wouldn't have guessed either. Across the street (where a mall is) there were huge loud speakers blaring techno music. It was actually quite fun, though a bit like S. California.
The drums are big and as people walk by they tap on them (and then get yelled at) but do it again anyways. Like I said in the Water Village, there's a different sense of "cultural preservation"
I wanted this to be a super cute picture... but it isn't. shucks.
I quite enjoyed how much more casual the Chinese were in terms of sitting where ever seemed convenient. Perhaps that isn't so weird really... but it is in Japan where high schoolers sitting on the floor on the train has led adult student to the conclusion that they are capable of murder (e.g. if you break one societal rule where will you stop....)
OK... But here's the big question.
So, I'm going to enter some photos in a photo contest because I think it will help me learn how to use my camera better. (I'm absolutely not shooting to win. I'm using it as an exercise to get better. The following are all ones I'm considering for the "dusk to dawn" low light category.
What's your favorite? why? (and I did straighten the last one so that the tower was horizontal, but it threw off the light posts. hmmm?)
What do you think would make any of these pictures better?
F4.0, 1/180, ISO 1600
F 4.0, 1/180, 1600
F 4.5, 1/60, ISO 1600
F5.6, 1/20, ISO 1600