Land, Sweet Chinese Land

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 18 2010

Category: china, ocean travel

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Aperture:f/10
Focal Length:95mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Behold, China!

This was my first real view of mainland China, seen from outside of my room on a container ship.  The night before was spent in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, so this wasn’t the first Earth-mass that I saw after close to two weeks with only watery horizons, but… well, it was close.

Just look at that bridge.  Look at the cars and trucks on it.  IT’S HUGE!  I guess all bridges that span a decent stretch are inherently large, but alas, that’s a good intro to brand spankin’ new Chinese infrastructure.  But all of that wonder is not without a catch.  I didn’t really alter the color or contrast in this image.  All of the wonderful miles of visibility, or … perhaps feet of visibility, … that’s the Asian Brown Cloud right there.

Concerning the composition here, from the top down, we’ve got some nice openness, then some nice orderly vertical lines, and then CHAOS!  Look at that dynamic mess of cranes, all kinds of diagonals flying every which way.  I guess there is some order to be had in the repetition of them all, but still, they’re all sorts of busy.  I’m at it again with the off-center vanishing point which, although there’s not really a strict point, it does lead the eye to the horizon where there are discernible shapes in what at first glance may look like a complete brown-out.

I didn’t get off the boat here.  They still stamped (invalidated) my entry-visa…

WELCOME TO CHINA

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