The famous Hutongs in Beijing are narrow, winding streets that offer a plethora of details for street and cityscape photography enthusiasts. These historical alleys encapsulate the essence of traditional Chinese architecture, with their unique blend of brick, wood, and stone structures. While the color palette may lean towards muted tones, the contrast and texture in these ancient lanes provide a compelling subject for black and white photography, accentuating the interplay of light and shadow.

Amidst the gray facades of the Hutongs, one can discover charming niches adorned with potted plants, ornate doorways, and occasionally, glimpses of local wildlife. Modern cafes nestled within these historic settings offer a juxtaposition of old and new, where visitors can pause to savor a cup of tea or coffee while soaking in the timeless ambiance of these storied neighborhoods. Each corner of the Hutongs holds a story waiting to be captured through the lens, inviting photographers to delve into the rich tapestry of Beijing’s cultural heritage.

Photos taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax DA 21 mm F3.2.

Benjamin Aunkofer - Street Photography in Asia.

Shanghai’s skyline is dominated by numerous skyscrapers, but three stand out as true super-talls: the Shanghai Tower, the World Trade Center, and the Jin Mao Building. Each offers a unique experience for visitors, including access to their rooftops for breathtaking views of the city.

Towering above them all, the Shanghai Tower reigns as the tallest, soaring to over 600 meters in height. Its sleek and innovative design captivates observers, making it not only the tallest but also arguably the most architecturally stunning of the trio. Whether exploring the heights of these skyscrapers for panoramic vistas or marveling at their architectural grandeur, visitors to Shanghai’s skyline are treated to an unforgettable experience at each of these iconic landmarks.

The Jin Mao Tower, a luxurious hotel, provides guests with a captivating inner view of the building’s towering architecture. Meanwhile, the World Trade Center boasts an exhilarating attraction—a glass-floored bridge extending from its summit, offering adrenaline-inducing perspectives of the bustling metropolis below.

Photos taken from the Jin Mao Tower (Hotel) and from the Shanghai Tower with the Pentax K3 II and the Walimex 12 mm F2.8 Fisheye and the Sigma 24-60 mm F2.8 lenses.

China is the origin of the East Asian culture that permeates through China, Japan, and Korea. Chinese temples boast a unique and distinctive flair, characterized by intricate architectural details and rich cultural symbolism. Exploring these temples offers a captivating journey into the heart of Chinese spirituality and artistic expression. The vibrant colors, ornate carvings, and serene atmospheres provide ample opportunities for stunning photographs, each frame capturing a glimpse of the profound beauty and heritage preserved within these sacred spaces. From the grandeur of the Forbidden City to the tranquil elegance of secluded mountain temples, China’s architectural wonders beckon travelers to immerse themselves in a world of timeless grace and reverence.

This temple is located on a mountain in the Zhejiang province not far away from the city of Hangzhou.

Photos were taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 55-300 mm F4.5 – 6.3 PLM.

The big wheel in Berlin Alexanderplatz on the christmas market.

Skyline of Frankfurt am Main in Hessen - Mainhatten
Skyline of Frankfurt am Main in Hessen - Mainhatten

Skyline of Frankfurt am Main in Hessen – Mainhatten

Dresden Frauenkirsche Pentax K1 24 70 mm

The Kanzleramt in Berlin is the “White House” in Germany. This picture was a long-time exposure done with a 12mm Fisheye lens.

I photographed this beautiful transition from the golden to the blue hour in May 2018. I stood on the Elsenbrücke and looked towards the city center to the Oberbaumbrücke.