Jinshan Lake Zhenjiang China
People mountain, people sea is a Chinese saying that means that no matter where you go, you will see a mountain of people and for China, this saying is so true. Go anywhere on the weekend and you will see thousands of people everywhere. During the week though, most parks are more empty and since I seldom work during the week, I took advantage of some good weather and went to visit one of my favorite parks in Zhenjiang.
Finding sometime to yourself in China is worth more than any amount of money. Getting away from the seas of people is so relaxing. I had a great time just walking all alone and breathing in some fresh air.
I came to the park to get some peace and quiet after a few crazy shows and I wanted to shoot some HDR shots just before the sunset. I love shooting hdr shots when I am free from work as it is so different from the type of photography that I do every single evening for my work. I enjoy the process of shooting and not knowing what I will end up with until I get home and start to process the files.
Jinshan is an ancient temple in China with a long history and many interesting legends around it. The most well know story is the story of the white snake. Every single Chinese person has heard of the tale of the White Snake at Jinshan temple.
The next shot is the same scene, shot a little later in the even but no HDR this time. HDR can be beautiful but if you shoot a normal raw file and push it in processing, you can a completely different look as well. To be honest, I am not sure which one I prefer the most. But that is the beauty of photography, going out, shooting and experimenting, and discovering what works and what does not.
Sunsets in China tend to be very beautiful, and this day was no exception. I really enjoyed my afternoon walking around Jinshan Lake and just being alone. Watching the sunset and shooting with no pressure is wonderful. One of the best parts of China is that nearly every single city has multiple parks for people to visit. Almost all of them are beautiful and are worth going to explore if you have some free time.