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On the second weekend in december this big open air museum is open on the occasion of advent. The main paths are being nicely illuminated with torches. The illumination of houses, trees and windmills is marvellous. I always try to reach their in time for the blue hour and then when dusk is there the sky provides a velvet veil. We were lucky it did not rain. I hoped for a clear night with the intention of capturing startrails. But this would have been too demanding. So we enjoyed a couple of hours with only very few stars.... This was the first serious shooting with the "Q"
When I was in Beijing in 1998 one of the things which struck me most was the friendliness of the people, and their openness – and remember this was 18 years ago, long before today’s leaders were in place. I felt very able to walk around the streets and photograph with no problem at all, and was often invited to sit and talk to people (especially older people) who seemed desperate to practice English with me. On one such occasion I sat with a group of elderly men playing traditional instruments and singing Chinese opera just for the fun of it in one of Beijing’s many parks. This gentleman had a particularly strong voice, and talked to me for some time in broken English about the state of the world, which is always a favourite topic of older men. This image was taken on my trusty Leica, and scanned from a colour transparency. Taken on a Leica M6 and scanned from transparency. Gerry