Manhattan Monday 35 – Harlem Crossing

One way to get into street photography is to shoot from the hip. This shot is an example of that.  Sometimes it doesn’t work. Sometimes you get really lucky!

Harlem Family

Harlem Family

 

Taken with a Sony RX100M3, 1/500 sec at f 4.5, ISO 125, 51 mm.

Chongqing Street Photography

At least one pig isn't flying.

At least one pig isn’t flying.

All flying!

All flying! But no pigs.

Giant pinwheels.

Giant pinwheels.

At the intersection of the two major streets making up this shopping precinct was a giant monument, which also shows up in the first photo in the previous post. It must have been a meeting place, because most people were scanning the swirling crowd.

Waiting for ....

Waiting for ….

I don’t recall seeing food vendors on the high-end pedestrian streets, but there must have been at least one just beyond where our bus was parked. The next two photos were taken from the bus window before we pulled away from Chongqing. The girl with the hat caught my eye and grinned.

A style of her own!

A style of her own!

At  least the garbage was in the bin!

At least the garbage was in the bin!

Next China post – Chongqing children

Still Shopping in Chongqing

This was a the end of the week long celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic.  The crowds were huge.

This was at the end of the week-long celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic. The crowds were huge.

Because there were so many people out and about in Chongqing, we were not taken to the touristy spot which was on our itinerary; I don’t even know what the spot was supposed to be!  Our local guide had been told it was overly crowded.  The guides’ solution was to drop us off in a shopping precinct. As someone who generally dislikes shopping, I did not warmly welcome this solution – but hey – it yielded great photo opportunities.

More crowds, more smog.

More crowds, more smog.

At one point we went inside a shopping complex to look for toilets.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres on the street.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres in the neighbourhood.

Another view from inside the same building.

Another view from inside the same building.

And part way through our stay we partook of another American brand – which is not mentioned in its English version in these photos!

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds.  And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds. And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

Next Chinese post: More Chongqing street photography.

Final of Fengdu, China

While looking for background for some later posts, I found this web page on Fengdu which I think is a better reference than in an earlier post.

 

In an earlier post I commented on the neat flower displays that didn’t seem to get vandalized. However, Fengdu was generally dirty and scruffy. The incense container being used as an ashtray (below) is in contrast to those I saw in other sacred sites. And Chinese people smoke a lot.

In keeping with the run down theme.

In keeping with the run-down theme.

Some parts of the Ghost City were rather run down. But the blue was eye-catching.

Some parts of the Ghost City were rather decrepit.
But the blue was eye-catching.

A colourful corner.

A colourful corner.

Fellow tourists on Sinorama Bus 2 may find themselves in this picture:

To the right of this line of people was the diorama about souls in hell.

To the right of this line of people was the diorama about souls in hell.

Once we left the main site, we walked through vendors, and I was taken by this family preparing fruit, especially the smile on the boy’s face.

One member of this family has had enough for one day!

One member of this family has had enough for one day!

I thought these were rather cute and considered buying one for my 5 year old granddaughter, but didn't think they would make it home undamaged.

I thought these were rather cute and considered buying one for my 5 year old granddaughter, but didn’t think they would make it home undamaged.

The English in this one is right, for a change!

The English in this one is right, for a change!

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