Category: hangzhou

Canada Day

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July 1st, 2015 Permalink

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Linping in Spring

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December 1st, 2014 Permalink

Here are some more from Spring 2014. Hangzhou and Linping. My backlog of developing, scanning and posting never seems to go away…

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Here are some more from Spring 2014. Hangzhou and Linping. My backlog of developing, scanning and posting never seems to go away…

Tian Du Cheng – Hangzhou’s Paris

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November 16th, 2014 Permalink

Tian Du Cheng is a place that I like to visit every time that I am back in Hangzhou. Each time I go, it is a little more run down that the last. It was built just before I moved there in 2007. It was shiny and new. They had hoped that it would be […]

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Tian Du Cheng is a place that I like to visit every time that I am back in Hangzhou. Each time I go, it is a little more run down that the last. It was built just before I moved there in 2007. It was shiny and new. They had hoped that it would be a large tourist attraction and built it as such. Now it is a state of disrepair. The houses are empty, the parks are largely overrun, and people don’t really go.

November Holiday

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October 30th, 2014 Permalink

So I have a holiday in November thanks to the APEC summit in Beijing. I’ll be spending a week in Guilin and Yangzhou. I plan on taking my 4×5 camera and am quite excited to shoot some landscape. I don’t do enough of that.

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So I have a holiday in November thanks to the APEC summit in Beijing. I’ll be spending a week in Guilin and Yangzhou. I plan on taking my 4×5 camera and am quite excited to shoot some landscape. I don’t do enough of that.

Sick Pentax

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October 20th, 2014 Permalink

So my new pentax 67 has a bit of an issue. I took it to my Camera guy at WuKeSong, Hope he can get it all fixed up. I’d like to take it with my on my next trip to Hong Kong. I am having all sorts of wanderlust recently. Heading to Vietnam for the […]

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So my new pentax 67 has a bit of an issue. I took it to my Camera guy at WuKeSong, Hope he can get it all fixed up. I’d like to take it with my on my next trip to Hong Kong.

I am having all sorts of wanderlust recently. Heading to Vietnam for the October holiday exacerbated it. I really want to take another big trip. I will have to settle for my 24 days of annual holidays.

New and improved Website

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October 14th, 2014 Permalink

I have done a complete revamp of my website www.vancelester.com so i suggest you go and check it out.

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I have done a complete revamp of my website www.vancelester.com so i suggest you go and check it out.

In love with film

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July 7th, 2014 Permalink

It’s not a big surprise that I am in love with film. I have switched to 100% film. I did this a couple years ago when I sold my Canon L zooms. I am now left with an aged Canon 30D and 50mm 1.4 as my only digital gear, and that only gets used to […]

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It’s not a big surprise that I am in love with film. I have switched to 100% film. I did this a couple years ago when I sold my Canon L zooms. I am now left with an aged Canon 30D and 50mm 1.4 as my only digital gear, and that only gets used to digitize my large format negatives.

Many people go on and on about how film has more soul and is more real. They spend lots of time justifying why they shoot film. I will make it simple. I like the cameras. That is why I shoot film. I have two of my dream cameras. A Leica and a 4×5. To finish off my lot, I’ll probably add a panoramic camera in the near future. Something like a 6×12. The Chinese made cameras are a value and apparently quite well made.

The only down side is scanning. I am not a fan of that part. My current scanner can only do one strip of six images at a time. I really think its time to upgrade to the v750 so I can at least scan 4 strips at a time.

Once I do so, I’ll finally be able to get rid of that old Canon…

Back in Beijing

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July 1st, 2014 Permalink

These two shots are from Hangzhou in Spring Festival. Still working about 6 months behind on my editing and posting. Maybe I should post more to catch up again… I just had a quick long weekend in Hong Kong. It reaffirmed my thoughts of loving that place. It was hot and humid and I sweated […]

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These two shots are from Hangzhou in Spring Festival. Still working about 6 months behind on my editing and posting. Maybe I should post more to catch up again…

I just had a quick long weekend in Hong Kong. It reaffirmed my thoughts of loving that place. It was hot and humid and I sweated through my clothing and had to wash stuff in the hostel sink. Reminder for next time – two shirts per day, minimum!

Hangzhou

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June 15th, 2014 Permalink

I really love this city. Hangzhou is a great get away from Beijing. I have friends there, it has endless photo ops and the food is great. I still think that Hong Kong beats it, but Hangzhou will always have a place in my heart.

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I really love this city. Hangzhou is a great get away from Beijing. I have friends there, it has endless photo ops and the food is great. I still think that Hong Kong beats it, but Hangzhou will always have a place in my heart.

The End of Saskatoon

January 17th, 2013 Permalink

This is the last of the color film from China. It was taken in Hangzhou and Linping during my last week there before coming to Canada. You will have to excuse the crap scans. I am stuck using my OLD Canon scanner with junk software. It just sort of auto-everythings the files. The end up […]

This is the last of the color film from China. It was taken in Hangzhou and Linping during my last week there before coming to Canada. You will have to excuse the crap scans. I am stuck using my OLD Canon scanner with junk software. It just sort of auto-everythings the files. The end up over-contrasted and crappy looking.

Since coming back to Saskatoon, I have felt like an outsider. I am familiar with most places. I remember how to get almost everywhere. I recall people that I used to know. Yet I just don’t FEEL like I belong here. Everything is too open, too spread out, too insignificant. I am grateful for seeing my friends and family, but I am glad to be getting out of here next week. Toronto for a couple weeks and then back on the road. Just one bag and a camera. Bliss.