We arrived in Xian in fog, haze, and rain….so what else is new?
Fortunately, the main site here, the famous Terra Cotta Warriors are all indoors, so we snapped away while it poured outside.
I’ve never been here, so it’s all new to me, but this is one place where things have actually gotten easier for photographers instead of harder. They never used to allow any photography of the Warriors, and now they do.
You just can’t use flash or a tripod. Not so bad. The light is terrible, mixed from about three sources—daylight, fluorescent, and an assortment of vapor lights. I used a small table top tripod as a brace against my chest, and kept my ISO at 1600 and played around with White Balances….nothing looked particularly good or bad…pick a hue and run with it!
A security guard kept eyeing my little stability rig, but decided in the end to let me shoot unmolested.
The warriors are a must see, but it’s kind of a tough shoot, and very difficult to get anything new. I had more fun later that day out on the street, where I encountered a giant butterfly, and then shot something and ate it.
For a look, hit the jump.
We were by the famous city wall when I caught this workman catching a butterfly….actually stringing up some decorations for some function to be held in the square.
Later, we hit the lively Muslim quarter, where there were lots of nice street situations around the open air food stalls and markets. Folks were cool about being photographed and it had a good vibe.
The fry bread looked really good so I had to try some. Of course, I always practice good travel photography street workflow, which is not too different from the credo of a survival pot hunter: “first you shoot it, then you eat it.”
Pushing further west along the Silk Road. Next stop: Dunhuang and its spectacular caves and dunes. I’ll keep you posted…