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Light @ Yuan Yang #30

Camera: Sigma SD14
Lens: Sigma EX50-150
Medium: Digital
Aperture: F4.5
Shutter: 1/500s
ISO: 50
Light: Natural Light
Location: Yuan Yang, China
Date: 25 December 2007
Time: 4:59pm
Christmas should be a day where everyone can spend some quality time with their loved ones, I, instead, traveled thousands of miles away from Malaysia to Yuan Yang, China.

I woke up 5:30am and headed to Duo Yi Shu. To my disappointment, I was greeted with thick fog, so thick that it was almost visually impossible to drive. Luckily I have a great driver who managed it so well.

I could do nothing but wait, eventually my capable guide Mr. Ma Li Wen told me that there wasn't any chance left for the morning. I was very discouraged. We went back to the town to have brunch and Mr. Ma suggested another location which was quite far away. Since we have lots of time to kill, we agree whole-heartedly.

Still the weather wasn't every cooperative, it was hazy, sunlight was harsh and warm, not really ideal for landscape photography. Just when I thought it would be a depressing Christmas, I suddenly noticed this amazing ray beams hitting on the seamless paddy fields. It was just magnificent! Excited like a child I shouted "Stop the car!". Quickly I grabbed my gear and ran down from the van and started firing away.

In between photos I still found time to switch to my mid-range lens. My guide Mr. Ma was also very excited, however, he shouted to me "Mr. Chong, quick, don't spend so much time at this location, we have to go to Duo Yi Shu straight away. I promise you a better view there!". Feeling slightly hesitant, I swiftly ran back to the van and Mr. Ma urged the driver to drive Duo Yi Shu as soon as possible

However, to see what happened next, please refer to page 28.

When I processed the raw files, I was rather happy with this shot.


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