Christmas should be a day where everyone can spend some quality time with
their loved ones, I, instead, traveled thousands of miles away from
Malaysia to Yuan Yang, China.
I woke up 5:30am and headed to Duo Yi Shu. To my disappointment, I was
greeted with thick fog, so thick that it was almost visually impossible
to drive. Luckily I have a great driver who managed it so well.
I could do nothing but wait, eventually my capable guide Mr. Ma Li Wen
told me that there wasn't any chance left for the morning. I was very
discouraged. We went back to the town to have brunch and Mr. Ma
suggested another location which was quite far away. Since we have lots
of time to kill, we agree whole-heartedly.
Still the weather wasn't every cooperative, it was hazy, sunlight was
harsh and warm, not really ideal for landscape photography. Just when I
thought it would be a depressing Christmas, I suddenly noticed this
amazing ray beams hitting on the seamless paddy fields. It was just
magnificent! Excited like a child I shouted "Stop the car!". Quickly I
grabbed my gear and ran down from the van and started firing away.
In between photos I still found time to switch to my mid-range lens. My
guide Mr. Ma was also very excited, however, he shouted to me "Mr. Chong,
quick, don't spend so much time at this location, we have to go to Duo
Yi Shu straight away. I promise you a better view there!". Feeling
slightly hesitant, I swiftly ran back to the van and Mr. Ma urged the
driver to drive Duo Yi Shu as soon as possible
However, to see what happened next, please refer to
When I processed the raw files, I was rather happy with this shot.