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Trey Ratcliff 2012: Photo of the Day, May 9, Along the River in Lijang

It’s Trey Ratcliff’s photo of the day — check out for more. Lijang never looked lovelier.

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff

Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff

In Lijang, I saw two different people using their iPads to take photos. They were Chinese native to the area. And then, after that, I started noticing that Chinese using their Apple iPads more and more for photos. Americans, I guess, don’t do that as much. They look more embarrassed to use their iPads for photography. This is anecdotal, but I’ll keep an eye on this trend as I travel.

Anyway, while I walked along, little streams that flowed through the village, restaurants, cafes, shops and homes lined the sides. Each one was decorated uniquely — with lanterns, fauna and flora, windows, furniture and flowers. You could stop almost anywhere to take a photo! So, I did.

Switching lenses is a bit of a pain. The two lenses I used the most for this shoot there were the 14-24 and the 28-300. But many shots were kind of right around that 20-35mm zone, which meant I never was really sure of which lens to use… so I would end up swapping back and forth a lot until it felt right!

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Trey Ratcliff

Based in New Zealand, Trey Ratcliff is a renowned travel photographer and publisher of We feature his show -- Trey's Variety Hour -- and his photo of the day travel journal here at Follow Trey @TreyRatcliff. He's +Trey Ratcliff on Google+

  • Joy Ma

    Trey, was this taken in Old Town? Lijiang sure is beautiful. Did you enhance the colors?