4 Days Yellow Mountains Night Photography
Huangshan, The Yellow Mountains of Eastern China, have been an inspiration for artists for thousands of years. The amazing granite spires decorated in the beautiful forms of Pine Trees are often draped in low cloud, and it is these combinations that make the place so special. The Huangshan area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We will arrive 2 days after full moon, which, weather permitting, should allow for both Night Photography and the usual Sunrise and Sunsets. Rising in the darkness before dawn we will climb to high vantage points to await the coming day. With luck, low clouds will swirl below us, with the world of granite rising in jagged peaks around us. As the sun clears the horizon, the massive walls turn golden, pink and red as they react to the warming rays. The area is simply beautiful and awe-inspiring and in all the times we have been there, we have never left not feeling inspired and refreshed.
The Yellow Mountains can be crowded with tourists and some of the photography locations can be difficult if there are other photography groups around at same time. To help combat this, we’ve chosen a time around full moon so we can do some night photography when the weather condition allows and in the middle of the night the numbers of people about is massively reduced..
Yellow Mountains Photography guidelines & Packing List:
We will be getting cable car to Yellow Mountain Scenery Area, from there, it’s a 2km hike up and over a ridge on excellent stepped concrete pathways to reach our hotel and move between Photography locations. We won’t be able to take suitcases with us, so they will be left behind in a safe location prior to our cable car journey.
Getting to the Yellow Mountains – Domestic Flight from Shanghai, Beijing | Hight Speed Train | You can arrive anytime in the afternoon of 1st May
Packing – You will need to pack your essential clothing inside a 10L bag with your tripod, that will be arranged by paid service to deliver to our hotel in the mountains. You will only carry your camera bag and valuable documents, hotel is 20 – 30 minutes walk on steps, please wear good quality hiking shoes or light boots.
Photography in the Mountains – You will carry your own camera bag and tripod every day, sometimes we will be walking for over 2 hours, some locations are only 10 – 20 minutes. Porter will cost $100 per day if you require this service, we had never needed in the past.
Clothing you wear: 2 Layers of Inner top, 1 light Down Jacket + water proof top, 1 Inner + outdoor trousers with light water proof, water proof hiking boots with good grip for wet surface
Camera Bag: valuable documents, 1 main body, wide/medium zoom covers 24 – 70, tele photo lens covers 70 – 200 ( 300 would be good ) , 1 spare battery, shutter release cable, 1 ND Filter, 1 CPL Filter, micro fibre lens cloths, spare SD/CF card, 1L water, hard drive for backing-up your images ( We will bring mac laptop with us, so you don’t need to bring laptop with you, but your hard drive need to be compatible with mac system )
10L Dry Pack bag + Tripod: Personal items, 2 sets of inner layer top and bottom for change, 3 pairs of warm merino wool socks, camera battery charger, head lamp, Allen Keys for tripod, Heads and Plates, laptop charger or cable if you bring your own laptop.
4 days in Guilin – Xingping & Yangshuo Area
This unique landscape conjures up the true spirit of China, and has inspired Chinese artists for centuries, forming the core of their aesthetic culture. The splendid limestone karsts rise thousands of feet above the Li River Valley, creating layers of mystery as far as the eye can see.
In the Spring time, humid air builds from the oncoming monsoon and morning fog is common, with the “sea of cloud” adding further layers of abstraction to this already stunning landscape. Of course, to get above the fog requires some effort to climb high on one of the karsts, but just rewards await those committed enough to make the steep ascent.
On this trip we will be focussing on both the landscape and the local culture, one aspect of which is the fisherman’s use of Cormorants to fish the rivers.