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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2013, 07:51 AM  
Travel Datong, China
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 3
Views: 322
A few weeks ago I went to the small city (a population of only 1.5 million, what are we talking about) of Datong in Northern China. I didn't really take photos with a plan, and when that happens I tend to take a lot of street portraits, which is exactly what happened.

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2. This man still wears his Mao Zedong badge.


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9. This is the Hanging Temple. A marvel of architecture, especially considering it was built over 1500 years ago. It still manages to withstand the daily wear and tear of hundreds of tourists. It's also notable because it incorporates Confuscianism, Buddhism, as well as Taoism.


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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2013, 01:59 AM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Thanks - the B/W editing (as opposed to colour) seems to have its fans and detractors. The majority of people who have commented on the photos feel the need to mention it, which I think is a good thing either way.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2013, 08:24 PM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
These compositions might not work when looking at a small .JPG, but I think they would shine when printed big.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2013, 08:21 PM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Yes I did :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2013, 08:20 PM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
The Great Wall only runs through China. This is a wall surrounding a Monastery.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2013, 12:14 AM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Thanks everyone:)



I actually first edited them in color (even though I intended for the photos to be black and white), but then decided they lacked impact and gave black and white another try.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2013, 02:50 AM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
Do you mean 6 or 5?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2013, 02:28 AM  
Travel Mongolia
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 19
Views: 927
I went to Mongolia in August as part of a train trip from Europe to China (I only now processed the photos because up until last week I didn't have a laptop). Photos were taken with a K-5 with the DA15 and the DA70 (should be obvious which is which). I really love that set for traveling - small yet very capable.

Please let me know what you think, be it positive or negative.

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2013, 03:20 AM  
Post your DA21mm photos here!
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 571
Views: 117,733
Any DA21mm owners in Shanghai, China? I'm currently on the fence about buying a DA21, and I'd love to borrow one (or temporarily swap one for one of my lenses) to try it out.
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 04-01-2013, 02:45 AM  
K-01, Manual-Focus Lenses, and the Green Button
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 22
Views: 18,372
A question - the K-01 does not seem to open the lens aperture fully on an A-class lens when focussing (rather it seems to be at f5.6 or thereabouts). This is with the camera set to Av and the aperture ring set to 'A'. Doesn't this mean focussing for apertures wider than f5.6 is very difficult?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-15-2012, 10:16 AM  
Black & White Greater Tibet
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 672
Thanks for all the kind words!



I personally like that one best too :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2012, 11:32 AM  
Black & White Greater Tibet
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 672
Thanks everyone!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2012, 11:39 AM  
Black & White Greater Tibet
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 672
I'm warming to black and white photography lately, and as a part of that I've re-edited my photos from last summer. I was travelling in a region that can roughly be described as 'greater Tibet'. These are four provinces that surround what is now the province 'Tibet' in China, but which are historically and culturally just as Tibetan as Tibet itself.

All photos were taken with a K-5 in combination with either the DA15 or the DA70 (great travel set, that).

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2011, 08:49 AM  
My 1-Year Trip and the Lenses I'm Taking
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 28
Views: 3,295
I just saw this thread again, it might be fun to follow up on it.

The DA15, which I had bought just before I left, I ended up using and loving lots and lots. All of the other lenses I did not use much if at all. I bought a K-5 and DA70 while I was in Beijing, and that kit (K-5, DA15 and DA70) was all I mostly took with me. It's very capable, small and unintimidating. I can recommend this set-up to anyone's who plans on going travelling or is into street photography. The results of a year with this kit can be seen on my website (link in signature). Virtually all of it was shot with these two lenses. Some sets were still K10D, but most is K-5.

It was a great year :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-30-2011, 02:17 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 2,799
Views: 389,703
Apparently the 24mp sensor isn't significantly better than the 16mp sensor. So the gain would be minimal. I'd say 16mp is good enough, very much good enough.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2011, 03:29 PM  
Samyang 24mm f1.4
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 46
Views: 16,083
You could've just mentioned you were talking about keeping the same distance to the subject...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2011, 11:24 AM  
Samyang 24mm f1.4
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 46
Views: 16,083
That's simply not true.

Read this: DOF2
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-12-2011, 08:53 AM  
Samyang 24mm f1.4
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 46
Views: 16,083
Shouldn't be too bad. They don't come with AF, and compared to similar lenses from Nikon and Canon Samyang lenses have been relatively cheap.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-12-2011, 08:38 AM  
Samyang 24mm f1.4
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 46
Views: 16,083


Samyang just announced a new lens, a 24mm f1.4, that will be available in K-mount as well.

For more: Samyang got a new lens: 24mm f/1.4 | Photo Rumors
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2011, 01:38 PM  
Travel Yushu, a Year After the Earthquake
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
I'm very glad you all take so much meaning from the photos. It's very encouraging.

Thanks :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-07-2011, 03:59 AM  
Travel Yushu, a Year After the Earthquake
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
I don't know too many things about construction and earthquakes, but at least these houses seem stronger than the mudhouses people used to live in.



I never thought of that - but I think that goes for all of China, sadly. China is one big environmental catastrophe at the moment. Over 50% of Chinese rivers are so pulluted they cannot sustain life anymore, and that's just one of many frightening statistics.



You're correct. It's spelt 'hukou' though, in the most popular transcription.



It's the pilgrims that spin the wheels. I don't think I've ever seen a monk spin them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-07-2011, 02:21 AM  
Travel Yushu, a Year After the Earthquake
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
Yushu, an area in the southwest of Qinghai province (China) near Tibet, was struck by an earthquake a little over a year ago. Few buildings were left standing and the death toll reached into the thousands.

Now it is one big building site, garbage dump and refugee camp, all in one.

For more photos, please see my website.

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2. An aid station in a tent


3. A man collecting water from a well.


4. A damaged temple.


5. This big statue of legendary King Gesar hadn't a scratch.


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8. There was no shortage of female construction workers in Yushu. Apparently this is no taboo for Tibetan women to do hard labor.


9. A woman in her makeshift courtyard.


10. This couple from East China ran a store in Yushu, which collapsed during the quake. Now they moved their store into a tent, but because they do not have the local 'hukou' (a sort of residence permit) they aren't eligilbe for a free government sponsored replacement building.


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12. A construction worker from Sichuan - a neighbouring province.


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14. A woman looking at her new house as it is being built.


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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-22-2011, 12:05 AM  
Cityscape China's Changing Cities: Xining
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2,522
Economically China is a capitalist economy where the government has a huge amount of influence. It is certainly not a command economy in the communist sense of the word, but through local governments, ownership of companies and major banks, and other ties, the central government can still relatively actively control the Chinese economy.



Glad you like it :)



The word 'migrant workers' in China refers to Chinese people from the Chinese countryside moving to Chinese cities. So it's all internal. China allows very few immigrants, because it already has enough of a problem providing jobs for its own population.



On the whole it probably has, but the income gap in China is expanding. That is to say, the rich people in the cities are getting richer much, much faster than the poor people in the countryside.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2011, 09:28 AM  
Cityscape China's Changing Cities: Xining
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2,522
Like Frogfish said, on the one hand people are moving around as they wish, on the other hand people (not just muslims - everyone) have a 'hukou' for their original place of residence. When they move to somewhere else, and they cannot obtain that place's hukou, they are a bit like illegal immigrants. They have no access to government programs, their children cannot get (legal) education, etc. This is a problem for China's several hundred million army of migrant workers, who move from the countryside to the big cities on the coast in search for work.

In any case, muslims are not kept in one general location. On the contrary, I saw a great deal of new mosques being built in the area where I travelled, which would suggest that their freedom to express themselves religiously is growing. Though I haven't heard about the party/government actively encouraging religion, as Frogfish said.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2011, 08:47 AM  
Cityscape China's Changing Cities: Xining
Posted By kevinschoenmakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2,522
Thanks!
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