Daily Inspiration #287 by Wilson Chong

Dear Steve,

I have been your reader of your site for almost two years now. I still remember when you did the review on EPL1 and now the EP3. Of course, I love all your Leica reviews, which eventually prompted to get the M9 myself this year. I enjoyed every of your reviews, your photos and your tour with Seal! It is almost like reading a friend’s blog!

Having bought the M9 this year and a proud owner of the EP3, I thought apart from doing street photography perhaps I should shoot something different? Well, I did and enroll myself in a photography tour. Lucky for us in the tour, we were fortunately to have a fellow photographer who had been to Huangshan six times! During the trip, he tell us why he return to Huangshan to take photos and the different seasons and the weather making Huangshan unique (if interested, this is his website: http://www.haroldma.com/ )

We spent 3 days up in the mountain and during that time the weather was unpredictable. Raining at one time, sun shine the next minute and fog the next! Huangshan also surprise you every minute and you have to experience yourself to appreciate it. Of course, when we came down the mountain, we visited Xidi village (it was where they filmed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). It was beautiful and we able to visit inside the ancestor house as well. I hope the below three photos will interest you and if you want to view more of my photos, you can visit my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilson888/

Anyway, I would thank you Steve for posting my submission and wish you all the best! Looking forward to your reviews, reports and thoughts on photography!

Best regards,

Wilson Chong

[Stairs – Huangshan China] Voigtlander UltraWide Heliar 12mm F5.6 ASPH II + M9

[Xidi – Anhua China] Leica Summicron-M 35mm f2 ASPH + M9

[Fillial Piety – Xidi Anhui China] Leica Summicron-M 35mm f2 ASPH + M9


  1. Thank you all for your nice comments!

    Some of you may ask regarding the 12mm. Yes, it does vignetting and you can correct it with LightRoom. Of course, once can manually set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO in order to correct it.. however, some vignetting may also good to the photo as well. I guess it is up to you to decide what best and for me, once I see balance in the photo then I know it is done. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regarding Huangshan, I must say it is one of existing place (mountain) in China. Full of history and tourist (dating back to the Ming Dynasty where a famous traveler saying how beautiful Huangshan). I am glad I was able to go there and experience myself. I took a 7 days tour and we were on top of Huangshan for 3 days, which we trek and take photos constantly.

    Last and not the least, many thanks to Steve for posting my submission and I always enjoy reading your reviews, comments and thoughts. I read your site on a daily basis and always looking forward to see what you posted every morning! Always a great joy doing that! Over time, is like reading a good friend’s blog everyday!

    Wish you every success and happiness! Will continue to submit post to you! Many thanks!

  2. I love Huangshan – wish I’d had my Leica when I was there!
    Great shots with the heliar! I’m very tempted by that lens but have previously been put off by example images on flickr that seem to suffer from very heavy vignetting and a lack of contrast. However your shots seem much cleaner, are you stopping it down a lot? or correcting in post?

  3. Some nice images you shared

    I always enjoy seeing the pictures of so many exotic parts of the world that readers of this site share. Not only is it good photography but its really interesting to experience other parts of the world that I’ll probably never get to see firsthand through the eyes of a another photographer.

    Everyone has their own unique shooting style of course, but overall I think most photo enthusiast share a certain way of viewing a destination and its always so different than what we see and think we know about an exotic land just from TV travel shows.

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