吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Beijing 6.16

This was my third trip to Beijing.  Each time I see the same sights, so this time I was prepared to get some decent photos because I’ve already done the scouting.  I actually bought a new telephoto lens specifically for this trip to get the compressed depth of field in the photos of the soldiers in front of the painting of Chairman Mao in the Forbidden City.  I’m still blown away by the crisp image quality of this relatively inexpensive 50-230mm lens.

The photo below is a one-in-a-million shot that has some interesting significance.  I took it at 7:02am in front of the Forbidden City.  I had just finished photographing the soldiers and I turned around and saw this boy and his mother walking towards me.  I still had the long lens on the camera so I framed the image and got one shot off as they walked by me.  I checked the camera after they passed and realized I had actually grabbed a selfie perfectly framed in his glasses.  On top of that, behind me is Tiananmen Square and the Tomb of Chairman Mao. This is a full frame image at 114mm with no cropping.  I rarely shoot street photos with a long lens, but this photo was pure serendipity.

 

Beijing-Forbidden City

 

Beijing Duck Restaurant

 

Beijing Food-on-a-stick

 

Beijing Gaze

 

Beijing Hat Lady

 

Beijing Night Dancing

 

Beijing Police

 

Beijing Scorpion Lady

 

Beijing Selfie Face

 

Beijing Street Food2

 

Beijing Sunglass Girls

 

Beijing Umbrella

 

Beijing Window Washer Apple Store

 

Birds Nest1

 

Cleaning Scorpion Alley

 

Forbidden City Couple

 

Forbidden City Ladies2

 

Forbidden City Nap

 

Forbidden City Selfies

 

Forbidden City Sunglass Guards

 

Forbidden City

 

Great Wall1

 

Great Wall3

 

Great Wall6

 

Great Wall7

 

Guarding the Chairman4

 

Guarding the Chairman6

 

Umbrella Lady

 

Watching the Chairman2

 

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