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Pouring a bowl of congee, the owner of this well assorted breakfast place by the market in Heshun, looks out on the center of the market every day. 

Serving congee, you tiao, and spicy noodles, the place is a favorite with the locals.
A few of the top with attached cigar case, shows the brushed metal that is the hallmark of this detail. 
Shot with limited light to get the most out of the item. High atop one of the many pillars holding up the maglev, three workers look out over the construction site near Shanghai.

They invited my up, so I climbed the ramshackle stairs. The Double Happiness, with detached case for three cigars, has the build of a tank and the lightness of Okoume wood. The outside is a formidable round shape, the light wraps around it and plays on its features. Shot as a high dynamic range image (HDR), during a rare sunset in Shanghai, the shot combines different exposures to show the unusual sky with lots of detail in the clubhouse and water. 
The living compound at the Western end of Changning district is typical for Shanghai's wealthier people, with several high rises encircling playgrounds, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, golf driving range and clubhouse.
The HDR technique allows us to show the scene like the human eye would perceive it, extending the dynamic range upwards and downwards by two stops each.
On a market in Heshun, a man in hat with really funny teeth smiles at into the camera, while the butcher cuts his meat for him.

The setting was just too funny and the smile to engaging to pass up.

The meat on the market has, like nearly everywhere else, never seen the inside of a cooler or fridge. Fortunately it is ont too hot, this high up in the mountains. The shot shows the inside, shot through the half open lid. As in all of Genco's humidores, the interior is of light-colored wood, whereas the exterior is not giving away any hints as to what lies beneath. Under the shade of a large temple two monks are studying, well, one is actually sleeping. Right next to them were a few small chairs and a blackboard setup, so the children of the village can also study.

Throughout Asia, this is fairly typical, monks teaching the children, while they are studying themselves. On old, beat up ladle sits on an open bag of rice. The rice is measured and packed there on the spot and different types are on display. These old, intricately hammered fittings on the doors create a great contrast with the red varnish of the wood. Dragons are depicted on many of them, symbolizing power and long life. The sun bursts through a cloud covered sky onto the mist covered islets of the bay. At the end of a long day, with only a single shot left on my card, I stopped by the road as the sky cleared enough to let the sun shine through.
Mystically beautiful, the bay is West of the 12 apostles along the Great Ocean Road running from Melbourne to Adelaide. A worker in Lijiang, Yunnan, smiles at the viewer, as he lets the day slip by on the town square.

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Pouring a bowl of congee, the owner of this well assorted breakfast place by the market in Heshun, looks out on the center of the market every day. 

Serving congee, you tiao, and spicy noodles, the place is a favorite with the locals.

Breakfast at a Market, Yunnan, China

Pouring a bowl of congee, the owner of this well assorted breakfast place by the market in Heshun, looks out on the center of the market every day.

Serving congee, you tiao, and spicy noodles, the place is a favorite with the locals.

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