This shot was taken in Duo Yi Shu. There is a small road leading to this
almost hidden spot. However, most of my tour mates were shooting at
another location further down. After setting up my 4x5 camera, while
waiting for the light, I couldn't help but watch and check my tour mates
out. Their spot offered a totally different view, which was really
fantastic, I couldn't afford to miss anything, thus I ran back to my
location and grabbed my SD14, then ran back to create as many compositions
as I could.
I was so totally engrossed, I almost forgot about the 4x5
Then I spotted the rays of the sun penetrating the clouds with such
I ran back to my original spot. While grasping for breath, I took down
the 4x5 and setup the SD14. I figured the 17-70 would be just perfect for
such a composition. However, I had to be careful not to include the bushes
as well as the trees at the left edge of the frame. I metered the gray
areas of the clouds and bracketed. F8 to F16 which would be just fine to
achieve enough depth of field. Realizing the sun's rays would only last
for a fraction of time; I composed and fired as many shots as I possibly
My judgment and reflexes paid off. The entire scene lasted for less
than 3 minutes.
With the reflections on the fields complimenting the sun's rays, the
golden colors contrasting with the bluish sky, the marching fog and the
silhouetted mountain, I just couldn't ask for more. The running was
definitely worth it.
Hope you have enjoyed the photo as much as I had taking it.