Shanshan’s First Mother’s Day

Or, more accurately, Shanshan’s first Mother’s Day as a mother. She is wearing the same qípáo that she wore at our wedding celebration.

Uncle Leo is an an old-hand at family pictures by now, and decided to slip a little tongue into the shot. Cheeky, Uncle Leo, cheeky.

Chong Chong’s birthday is tomorrow, so I’ll forgo the usual “Chong Chong at months” post this month.

For today’s shoot, I decided to go with the Nikon D300 instead of the Lumix DMV-GX7. The first shot was with my 85 mm 1:1.8 D, and the second two were with my 50 mm 1:1.4 G. Ambient light only on the first two, with the third using the built-in flash.

Horse and Cart with Melons

Shanshan and I did a bit of walking after visiting the local B&Q home improvement store. As we were crossing the street, I saw this absolutely beautiful horse attached to a cart. I took six or so pictures at waist level as we were walking toward it (the 14 mm is terrifically suited for this type of work). I was trying to capture the definition of the horse’s muscles at the top of the front legs… just plain stunning. I think if you look click on the image and view the larger one which is linked to it, you might be able to see more clearly… it was a bit of work to get the detail to show as it is without whitewashing the highlights entirely.

In any event, when I was going through the photos on my computer, I liked this one the best of the six. I had been trying to just capture the horse, but really ended-up liking the totality of the picture… from the couple on the left (her in a qipao and him in more western clothes) to the woman with the umbrella (to shade her from the sun) to the san lun che behind her to the cart… even to the man on the far right who seems to be looking at me. And, of course, the mix between “modern” and, well,  not that is ever present here.

In some ways, I guess this photograph sums-up what I love about this this city.

btw, Shanshan tells me that this horse, with short stature and well muscled, is probably from Mongolia.