Traveling is an enjoyable thing, but it is complicated to get the plan. I'm trying to provide all related information here to make it easier. It is involved in where to stay, what to eat, best time to travel, what you'll shoot in different weather or season, lenses suggestions and more.
Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) can be divided into five scenic areas:
Bright Summit, together with Lotus Peak and Celestial Capital Peak, is with an altitude over 1800m. Getting atop of the three peaks, you could catch all the beautiful scenery of the five scenic areas.
Summer: Sea of clouds
Winter: Snow mountains
Yellow Mountain changes its color and appearance with the alternation of seasons. It is hard to say the best season for photography in Mount Huangshan. Different season has different subjects. In spring, the mountains feature various colors, the flowers blossom and the streams gurgle through the quiet valleys. In Summer, it turns a green world and photographers shoot peaks rising one upon another. In Autumn, the mountains dress in red and golden. In winter, Mount Huang turns into a world of frost and ice with silver boughs and rocks in all the scenic areas. There are about 50 days in a year capped by snow. The first snow begins in the late November and and last snow may occur in the late March.
It rains a lot in summer and sometime there are thunderstorm. In the bad weather, you’d better not seek shelter under the trees or hold iron chains. While, there are much snow and rain in Winter. It is better to wear sneakers of grass shoes to prevent slipping, in the meantime, do not forget the walking-stick and gloves.
What you are going to shoot, and what lenses you need to take.
In Huangshan (Yellow Mounatains), you will shoot landscapes (rocks and pine trees in the cliff), sunrise and sunset, people portraits, even birds.
For landscapes, you need a wide-angle lens and zoom lens (70-200mm is good).
For sunset and sunrise, you need a GND filter.
For birds shooting, you need an over than 300mm telephoto lens. The birds won't be too far from people, but longer zoom lens is always practical. For most of people, I guess you don't have telephoto lenses, we can help you to rent a good lens from local shops. Here is the price list for different lenses rental.
|Lenses||For Camera||Price (USD)||Extra day charge||Deposit|
|300mm F/2.8||Nikon||50 per day||50||3000|
|80-400mm F/4-5.6||Nikon||30 for 3 days||5||760|
|150-600mm F/5-6.3||Nikon/Canon||35 for 3 days||6||1350|
|200-500mm F/5.6||Nikon||40 for 3 days||6||1100|
|100-400mm F/4.5-5.6||Sony/Canon||30 for 3 days||5||360/2400|
|70-400mm F/4-5.6||Sony||40 for 3 days||6||1800|