I shot these in Yangshuo, China while doing some river rafting. This was a very touristy thing to do as I’m sure you can tell from the photos. But it was a lot of fun! There were hundreds of boats on the river. Most of them were of the bamboo raft variety. They each seat 4 people with the helmsman at the rear. It was a bright, hot, sunny day and the karst topographyThe World Atlas does a great job of explaining karst topography. of Yangshuo was just stunning! The rafts are pretty fast and we went up one side of the river and then back down the other side. The whole trip was about an hour long.
A few days later, we went for a bicycle ride through the countryside and discovered a less touristy river rafting experience where you just floated down the riverYou can see a few photos of what those rafts looked like in Cycling Around the Yangshuo Countryside.. It looked serene and peaceful and a few of the people from our group expressed disappointment that we didn’t get to go on those rafts instead.
Either way, I had a lot of fun and got some great photos. The Olympus Trip 35 performed admirably that day. I used the Trip 35 as my main film camera in China and was impressed by the results when I got home. Apart from the one time that I forgot to set the zone focus and ended up with a half dozen blurry photos, the Trip 35 was always dependable. I would have no trouble taking this camera with me again when I travel.
These photos were shot using Perutz Primera 100. Perutz was a German film manufacturer that was purchased by Agfa in 1964. Agfa kept the Perutz name and used it to market consumer film. A few years ago, I picked up 8 rolls of Perutz Primera 100 and couldn’t be more pleased by how well it has held up over the years. I shot two rolls of Perutz in China. These photos came from one roll and I shot the other roll in the Forbidden City in Beijing. I’ll post those photos one day soon. They turned out awesome!