Breathtaking landscape photos of China’s rice terraces by Thierry Bornier

French photographer Thierry Bornier captures dazzling images of rice terraces in China that allow you to get lost in another place and time. He does this by spending a lot of time thinking about each photo. Once he finds a location he wants to shoot, he will find the highest vantage point he can climb to in order to look down on the whole scene. He waits for the perfect lighting condition, keeping every part of the composition in mind like the shape of the clouds and the sky.

And just as amazing is Bornier’s rise to photography. He formerly worked as the Chief Financial Officer for an international fashion company in New York when they transferred him to China eight years ago. Out of personal interest, he took photos while there and one was featured in National Geographic’s “Picture of the Day” in 2010. At that point, Bornier made the decision to leave his steady work to follow his passion for photography and has been doing it ever since.

For photographers just starting out, he advises them to always use their heart and spirit to create a great picture. “Once you understand how to use your camera, I would advise you to focus more on learning how to use your eyes to read the beauty in front of you, and then using your heart to capture it,” he says. [h/t mymodernmet.com]

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