Although when we were there the weather was quite mild it is not uncommon for it to get down to below minus 30. This means that the massive Sonhua river is frozen to such an extent that they park lorries on it.
I deliberately kept the guy in the foreground and the three people walking towards the bridge in shot to help give a sense of scale; as to how big the river is and therefore how impressive it is that it freezes to well over a metre deep across. I also went for the monochrome look to further emphasise the cold and bleakness of the place in winter.
A little bit further on there is a sort of fair with ice rinks, rides on all sorts of vehicles on the ice and whatnot. However, this was all a bit shabby and needed someone to come round with a broom and clear up the rubbish from the day before. It ruined the impressiveness of the frozen river. It would have been excellent if it had been done with just a bit of style.
However, speaking of style, the Ice Festival has it in spades! It's not cheap to get in, but it is amazing. You need to constantly remind yourself that it is all made of ice and will be gone in a few weeks time. It also started snowing while we were there just to complete the atmosphere.
One word of warning though; all over China they sell skewered fruit dipped in toffee. So, instead of toffee apples you can buy toffee strawberries and bloomin' good they are too. Here, however, take care as the strawberries tend to freeze solid as they are out in the cold.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.