After four long years we have returned to China! This time was a much tighter schedule so there was very little time to shoot but we managed to get a few fun one as always. On this trip we not only revisited Beijing but also had some time in Shanghai. Here is just a little peak at what we absolutely love about this amazing country.
We are captivated by what Luigi Barzini in his book, "The Italians", calls the fatal charm of Italy. Barzini writes that the allure of Italy is that people are attracted to a certain quality in Italian life, whether they know what it is or not. He explains that we visit some places and try to re-create in our minds a life of long ago, of royal splendor, furnished palaces, knights, liveries, servants, and good cooks. We see shadows of distant characters out of novels and crusades. "Sunny Italy" is written into songs and poetry and to the average tourist the Italians seem happy, therefore we are drawn to the illusion that Italy is always sunny and happy and we want to go and relax in la dolce vita, (the good life).
"The pleasure of Italy comes from living in a world made by man, for man, on man's measurements."
We live in an amazing city! These are all photos we did recently using our new toy, an ND Filter. This filter restricts the amount of light coming in through the lens allowing for longer exposures in light situations. With the shutter open for sometimes up to 2 minutes the movement of the water is smoothed out giving it a glassy look. Amsterdam is the perfect city for this with so much water in and around the city. Hope you enjoy.
There are some interesting contrasts of old and new everywhere, so we are taking a look at a few of them.... just for fun. For instance, this is Bangkok, Thailand where the new buildings in the background are in contrast to a part of the (Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun.
The temple was present in the Ayutthaya era according to a French map of Thonburi (the capital of Siam from 1768–1782) but there were architectural additions during the Rama II-period (1809-1824) in late-period Ayutthaya style.
Here we are a little past the middle of the winter season (in the northern hemisphere), and its just about the time some of us get a little too anxious for spring. Combine that with a lack of sunshine and you can find yourself with a case of the "winter blues." This winter the blues have been staved off for us by enjoying the Olympics with friends.
We love the the colors of winter and the glistening ice and snow, and are reminded that winter has been described as being the warmest season. Picturesque blankets of snow, warm wooly mittens, wrap-around scarves, and hats with ear-flaps warm in our imaginations, if not in deed. We love cozy nights with fires burning in fireplaces and candles in window sills, and there is nothing like being under a warm comforter with a book or newspaper in hand and hot chocolate at your side.
With those descriptions in mind, we hope you will enjoy our style of "Winter Blues" and are enjoying this once every four years, winter spectacle that is happening in a relatively warm, Sochi, Russia.