Lens-Artists Challenge #81: Find Something Red

This week on the Lens-Artist Challenge, we were challenged to “find something red”, which reminded me that it was Chinese New Year this past Saturday and just about everyone I know knows the color red is seen just about everywhere during Chinese New Year – red lantern, lights, red envelopes…

Therefore, I think it’s fitting to see and relive the experience of seeing these colorful lanterns from when I celebrated this holiday in China three years ago.

Location: Zhongshan, China

Lens-Artist Challenge

#AtoZChallenge 2019 – X for Xylograph

Theme: Wordless Photos

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Technical Details

Sony Nex-5T (f/5.6, 35 mm, ISO-3200, 1/60 sec)

For more information about the #AtoZChallenge, check out this link.

Catching people unaware – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

One way for a landscape photographer to catch people unaware: aim the camera higher than the height the people are standing or you can do what I do – go to a crowded place (like the City of Phoenix in China) and I can guarantee you can catch someone unaware.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Photo of the Day!

And of course, the trip of the year has to be my second trip to China. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

To be honest, I did not think I can come up with pictures for this topic but then, I started looking into my archive and saw these pictures from my trip to Macau earlier this year where I visited a very fancy hotel with lots priceless statues and valuables. Immediately thought of this photo challenge. Here is my selection for this week’s topic of Gilded. Enjoy!

A Photo A Week Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lift

Lift can mean a lot of things from a strong man lifting 100 pounds over his head to a simple car ride. For me, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this topic was the incredibly long cable car ride up Tianmen Mountain and I had the opportunity to be on this ride when I visited Hunan, China in 2017.

The cable car ride was incredibly long – almost 30 minutes. According to Wikipedia, this is the longest cable car in the world with a total length of 24,459 feet (7,455 meters) and 98 cars.

We started in the heart of the city. When I arrived at the station, I remember thinking, where’s the mountain? As I stood in line, I kept staring at the TV, watching a video playing on repeat introducing the breathtaking landscapes of the Tianmen Mountain, feeling disbelief while another part of me was eager to see if all of this was true.

Seriously? This cable car can transport me there?

I thought the city was big but in the cable car, we flew by the city and it seemed like in a blink of an eye, the city disappeared and we were in the mountain. Well, the video didn’t mention the scenery would be changing so quickly. Inside, my disbelief had completely vanished.

As we passed these houses and farming communities, I wondered how these folks get their supplies like toiletry and other hygiene supplies when they are in the middle of the mountain.

When there are people, there bound to be water, right? Well, here’s a reservoir.

As we soared upward, I began to get very dizzy and nauseous, especially when looking upward. Therefore, my aunt and I decided to switch places but it didn’t help at all. If anything, it was worse looking down. In another thought, I can see the city.

So I decided to stand up. Not a good idea to stand in a cable car, by the way, even if you’re small like me. It made me want to throw up even more.  It was best to remain seated and enjoy the transitional landscapes of the 30 minutes cable car lift.

At last I can see the top and the end of this journey.

Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Colorful

Tuesday Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

When I visited China in 2017, I got to enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night”

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

There are many places in China that can easily be dated over 100 years old, some even a few hundreds. Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old”

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise

I had been thinking what I should post for the topic of Rise and at the last minute on Sunday night, right before bed, I thought of this picture. Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise”

Outdoor Ways – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Winding stairway in Macau
Crowded stairway in Macau
Walkway that weaves around the tea flower garden

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – Z for Zhongshan

How can I not conclude this year’s A-Z challenge without a post about my hometown? Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – Z for Zhongshan”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – U for Up

As I mentioned in my previous post, to get to Tianmen Mountain requires a 20 to 30-minute cable car ride. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – U for Up”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – T for Tianmen Mountain

One of the most awesome places I’ve ever been to in China has to be Tianmen Mountain in Hunan Province. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – T for Tianmen Mountain”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – S for Skyline

My mom used to go on YouTube and watch videos that introduced the lifestyle of Hong Kong. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – S for Skyline”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – R for Ranch

The first time when my aunt told me she was going to get water, she said, “let me show you my definition of country.” Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – R for Ranch”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – Q for Quaint

My grandmother grew up in this quaint village about an hour drive from my hometown of Zhongshan. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – Q for Quaint”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – P for Phoenix (Arrival)

During my four-month stay in China in 2017, I, along with my aunt and her friend, joined a four-day tour to visit the region of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – P for Phoenix (Arrival)”

Photo of the Day!

A few days ago, I was reminded by Facebook that about a year ago, I was in this place – China’s Grand Canyon in Hunan Province. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Bicycle – Cee’s Black and White

When I saw the topic for this week’s Black and White challenge, this image immediately sprang to my mind. Continue reading “Bicycle – Cee’s Black and White”

Photo of the Day!

This was taken a year ago in 南朗 (Nan Lang), a small city outside of my hometown of Zhongshan. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

I realized something yesterday! A year ago, I was in China, breathing in that warm humid semi-polluted spring air. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Photo of the Day!

It’s been a while since I did a macro photo on Photo of the Day and I don’t know why. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”