River Li

River boat, River Li, China.

Boat on the River Li, China.

Taken during a trip I did through China in 1999,  the River Li flows through a landscape of steep sided rock formations or karsts with numerous boats plying the river between the city of Guilin and the smaller town of Yangshuo.

The river and the surrounding landscape are frequently cloaked in fog which adds to the sense of mystery and the region has inspired artists and writers for generations.   Originally captured on colour negative film I felt the image worked better as a monochrome and I carried out selective dodging and burning to add a little emphasis as needed.

The image was taken with a Pentax SF7 35mm film SLR and a 28-80mm zoom lens from the deck of another boat and the camera was hand held.   This is one of a series of shots I'm preparing from my China files,  I intend to compile a slideshow of these shots in due course.