West Lake, China ©Steve Chong

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Camera: Canon EOS/1V
Lens: Tamron SP24-135mm
Film: Fuji Provia 400F
Aperture: F8
Shutter: 1/60
Filter: Polarizing Filter, 85C
Light: Natural Light
Westlake in HangZhou is about 5.6 squares KM. In the beginning, it was only a small pond. However, since the Tang Dynasty it has evolved into a magnificent lake. There are many islands in the lake, but nothing beats this beautiful island calls GuShan Dao, literally translated simply means Lone Hill Island. During the height of the Tang Dynasty a bridge was built in the island, they call the bridge SiLengQiao. Its purpose was to connect the island with mainland. Legend has it that, the bridge was the favorite spot of a legendary prostitute in ancient China, Su Xiao Xiao. She liked it so much that she even requested herself to be buried there when she died.
Seen here was one of the many islands in West Lake. The light was just so beautiful; some fog but not too thick. It has created that wonderful ambience. I couldn't help but to take a few shots. I figured, color wouldn't come out well under such condition, thus I applied a sepia filter. This one turned out just fine.

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