The heat wave continues. It’s hot and humid in Shenzhen, the mainland China province which manufacturers no end of consumer electronics goods. How hot is it? Here's a picture I took just five minutes after my camera emerged from the air-conditioned hotel room:
(Couldn't use my camera for about 1/2 hour...)
Today I’m at a small electronics factory where they make metronomes and digital guitar tuners. One of the reasons I’m getting these shots is that I believe there’s a need for pictures other than the sleeping overworked Chinese factory workers we constantly in the mainstream press. (Most aren’t overworked. Busy factories just have three shifts.) (Besides, I got my fill of shooting sleeping Chinese workers back in 2003. )
The light on this outdoor seamstress (above) really makes the shot. Did I use a wireless flash and a small bouncing umbrella to camera left to get such pleasing portrait light? Ummm… no. The sewing machine had its own light (so she can work at night) which illuminated her face quite nicely. I just took care that the light wasn’t in the shot.
Wanna buy a Kindle 2 knock-off? It’s cheaper, has the same great e-ink screen and you get stylish square buttons instead of those dated round ones.
Wanna buy a digital guitar? No learning curve. Just press the chord you want and strum. Just like Guitar Hero except you can make real music. (Hey, that’s actually a cool idea…)
(More photos can be seen here, although I haven't had time to caption them yet.)
That’s it from here. Tsai Chien!
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