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Nightlife at Jinli Street in Chengdu

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by tfboy, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Thanks again to Yu for the great day on Friday.

    Here are a few from Jinli Street in Chengdu which is a traditionally styled area in Chengdu which give a more old-fashioned theme. You could almost believe you were a hundred years or so back in time if it wasn't for the Starbucks coffee shop :rolleyes: 

    I quite enjoy night time shooting. Always find the colours interesting. Nearly all of this is hand held with the ocassional use of a mini flexible tripod.

    Anyway, on with the photos...

    Entrance to Jinli Street
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    This chap is actually doing a light shadow show of traditional Chinese puppets
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    Traditional lanterns light the street
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    The stalls are locked up by covering the shop front in individual planks of wood, and the last is padlocked to make it secure.
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    And finally, once away from all the touristy appearance, you still get an idea of poverty and begging. This is a blind man who busks playing a Chinese harp of some kind I think (he's just putting it away)

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  2. GlorytheWiz825

    GlorytheWiz825

    54
    May 17, 2009
    USA
    Awesome pictures tfboy. I took a lot of pictures of night life in China as well, but not early as good as these. Think I need to upgrade my lens to something with VR to reduce my camera shake.
     
  3. You have really steady hands/arms. Nice pictures. My gorillapod is a must at night... even with VR.
     
  4. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Thanks for the comments.
    In fact, I decided I didn't like the gorillapod so much for these because I couldn't be bothered to set up a timer shot. Even though I have the SLR zoom, which is one of the stiffest models, a D700 + 24-70 beast is quite a weight and it flexes slightly meaning a bit of movement when you press the shutter release.

    It's more the wonders of high ISO performance than steady hands at work :wink:

    They're all here if you want to take a look and see the EXIF: http://www.xavimages.com/gallery/9045070_h6YYF
     
  5. Very nice work. I usually use a sturdy tripod and the timer, (don't have a cable release).
     
  6. These are some awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Thanks for the positive comments :smile:

    Bigger versions are available from my galleries. Or if you like a particular photo, you can PM me and I can email it to you :smile:
     
  8. Gort

    Gort

    411
    Mar 10, 2008
    Phoenix
    Very nice shots. Thanks for posting Xavier.
     
  9. danameless

    danameless

    May 9, 2009
    NYC
    Great pictures, always interesting to see the daily lives of other cultures.
     
  10. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    My pleasure :smile:
    Thanks, indeed :smile:
     
  11. Hagen

    Hagen

    140
    Dec 18, 2008
    San Diego
    I really like the lighting in the first one.
     
  12. Aha, just find this thread.
    Great images, Xavier.

    By the way, your website has some problems??, because i cann't add comments in site.
    Or, maybe it is my net problems.

    Regards,
     
  13. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Thanks, but you deserve some credit too! :smile:
    I think it's OK. I just tried adding a comment and it appears to work. :confused: 

    If anyone else would like to try, I'm more than happy to delete afterwards if you don't want them to stay :smile:
     
  14. MiMoe

    MiMoe

    533
    Mar 24, 2009
    Germany
    Wonderful series, Xavier. Great impressions.

    I like your website.
     
  15. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Danke!
     
  16. Sang Tran

    Sang Tran

    664
    Oct 31, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I love your set. Looks like you had a great time.

    TFS
     
  17. tfboy

    tfboy

    734
    Aug 22, 2008
    Berkshire, UK
    Thanks Sang. It was great, and I'd love to go back again :smile:
     
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