David Magro Diaries 2012
In 2012 there was a lot of travelling! I went to the Phillipines, toured China with my brothers and partners, spent 10 weeks in Europe and photographed the night sky for the first time.
I was documenting my travels and exploring photography during this year. My main focus was on composition capturing scenes from different perspectives using only my 18-55mm lens.
I spent two weeks on Boracay Island with amazing sunsets every afternoon in February.
This is the first sunset photograph I captured.
Back in China I captured the skyline from my rooftop with the crescent moon.
I travelled on my weekends to nearby cities Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Beijing or fly to Hong Kong.
Suzhou on the left is dubbed "The Venice of the East" and is nearby to Hangzhou. A short stroll to the nearby water town Tongli is full of archway bridges from centuries past ready for you to explore. You can ride the canals with fisherman and their cormorant birds. An experience not to be miss.
I loved visiting Shanghai as it has one of the most interesting skylines. The view from The Bund showcased the alluring lights of the Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and more. The ships cruising the Huangpu River also displayed bright interesting lights.
Hong Kong has amazing beaches! This was photographed from my bus window.
In August, my brothers visited me in China and for two weeks and I showed them the ancient sights and culture. We went to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. Highlights were tabooganing down the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, The Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and The Terracotta Warriors.
After a full year in China teaching English I went to Europe for 10 weeks in September. I travelled Germany, Amsterdam, France, Switzerland and Italy. There are many highlights of this trip as I was in a new town almost every third day. Below is a small collection from Burano, Paris, Capri, Tignes, Lautenbrunnen, Rome, Tuscany and more.
In the weeks photographing Europe I discovered a lot about photography and experimented with composition and settings. I carried the camera everywhere and I would spend a lot of time on one photograph to capture the scene.
In Switzerland I photographed the stars for the first time in November.
Earlier in the year I learnt that my camera could photograph the stars without a telescope and I wanted to try this. I had the settings close but I did not get my focus right or point my camera towards the Milky Way. It wasn't until later I discovered the Milky Way Season was over and it was no longer possible to be photographed until next year.
I returned to Beijing before going back to Nanjing visiting then Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven. You could spend days photographing the iconic structures of China.