beijing revisited – 1/3

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 40mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/50 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1600 – Focal Length: 40mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/640 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 45mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/640 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1000 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 47mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1600 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 105mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 105mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 105mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 92mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 105mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1000 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/320 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 50mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 55mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 45mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 73mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/30 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/400 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 40mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/30 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 58mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/30 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2500 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Room Temperature Suite, Don Caballero, What Burns Never Returns, 1998, | LINK

the photography:
SIDE NOTE FROM THE LAST POST: so i have one clarification to make about the music from the last post. my wife noted last night that if it were not for her, i would not have listened to that stellastarr* song so much. this statement could not be more true. i love my wife and during our early days of courting, i would play whatever music that she liked so i could keep her attention on the music and not on the fact that the floor of the passenger seat of my subaru was covered in empty dunkin donuts extra large coffee cups. oh… and i tried to hide the fact that i’m a steering wheel drummer. that didn’t go so swell…

here is more of our china trip revisited. images are from our stay in beijing. we spent much of our time walking along the enormous (and i mean really large) streets near the forbidden city as well as taking some side trips out to see the great wall and some of the larger temples outside of beijing proper. the forbidden city and the waterways that surround it are some of the most interesting places on earth to people watch. fishermen, peddlers, tourists, students, you name, they’re here.

amazingly the only thing that bothered me about beijing (besides the fact that it reminded me of not only LA but also of the couple miles of Western Avenue in Chicago north of North Ave and south of Howard) was the air pollution. not only was it everywhere but it was dense and thick and awful. i have had asthma since i was in 5th grade and i have never been in a tougher situation than walking the streets of beijing. it was like breathing through an exhaust pipe on a car without a catalytic converter while smoking three cigarettes. ok… maybe it wasn’t that bad… but it was pretty awful. looking back on it, i didn’t even worry about the air while i was there because everything else was so amazing and new and intriguing that i didn’t let it bother me until after the fact.

mmmmmmmm. street food. stinky tofu has a scent all it’s own. it’s the closest thing to ipecac that i have had the pleasure of smelling.

sigh… it was a gorgeous city to say the least. this group of images is part 1 of 3. the photos were with the 5D and my EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM. did i mention earlier (in fact i did…) that for this entire trip i was wearing either flip flops or my blue dock-siders. true story.

the music:
volatile is probably too kind a word for the history of this band. as far as descriptives terms used for their live shows, i would pick “bombastic”, “thrilling”, “loud”, and “build it up so you can break down and/or blow it up”. don cab has been through more lineup changes than the smashing pumpkins yet the center of attention is always on their founding member and drummer, Damon Che. that dude slays.

so many time changes, so little time.

so many hammer-ons, so few fingers.

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