Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Tai Chi

One more from the set of pictures taken of Chinese residents doing their Tai Chi exercises at dawn. Here I wanted to try and show that not-quite-dark atmosphere of pre-dawn. So the picture is not as bright as perhaps the histogram would insist, but hopefully the mood comes through better. 

Using a heavy crop of the image, maybe 60% or more, so as to better highlight the woman's face which, being full of those wonderful lines of life, is  worth showing in as much detail as possible.   (Even though, could she see this picture, she'd probably disagree...) 

I so like the way the first rays of sunlight are highlighting the side of her face in such a subtle manner. 

Leica M9, 35mm Summicron f2, 1/350sec, 400asa.


  1. Just beautiful light, Peter. Your description of the scene and explanation of how you shot this fascinates me. Thank you!

  2. Glad you like it Jan, worth getting up early, huh?