This group of people were practicing what I guess to be Tai Chi. If I’m wrong please let me know and I will correct this. They were so focused on there practice they didn’t see me. Even when crouching to frame this photograph with the Shanghai skyline behind them. This was taken at around 6am in Huangpu Park. We were next to the Shanghai People’s Heroes Monument and The Bund Historical Museum. Getting up before dawn for a photo shoot can sometimes be a bit of a gamble in a new city. The weather can often be unpredictable or not on your side. Shanghai was very hazy early in the morning. On the other hand there are a lot less people and crowds around. In this case, the group of people make this photograph special to me. Without them it would be far less appealing.
Looking south from Ben Lomond
After a few hours of walking we made it to the summit of Ben Lomond at 974 metres above sea level. This was the view looking back south, towards the town of Balloch and the direction we had walked from. Despite this happening in April there was still a few patches of snow on the ground, as you can see in the foreground. I typically don’t include people in my photographs. This was an exception as having a person in this photograph gives it scale. This is also my best friend makes the picture more special to me personally. It was surprising to see so many small islands on the loch. From the shores of Loch Lomond I had assumed there was three or four islands. Clearly not from this angle. The big island in the foreground is Inchonaig. The furthest away, on the right is Inchmurrin which points towards the Alexandra / Balloch area.
Watching the sunrise at Circular Quay
One hour after watching the moonrise over the Sydney Opera House the sun started coming up. Now there were a few more people around. Looking at the round street lights made me wonder. Would it be possible to compose the sunrise behind one of these lights? This experiment turned out much better than I’d hoped. Especially with the couple stood under the light and the two ferries in the harbour.
Inside Shakespeare and Company bookshop
Shakespeare and Company is an independent English language bookshop in central Paris. It’s across the river from the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. This bookstore opened in 1919 by an American Sylvia Beach. It has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right. The inside is compact but much bigger than I expected. Photography isn’t allowed inside without permission. There are many people reading and writing like the lady picture here. She is on her phone and I didn’t use flash or make any noise to capture this interior scene.