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Forbidden City by dekleene Forbidden City by dekleene
As the titel suggests, the picture shows the forbidden city, taken at a very beautiful day in October last year. It was actually one or two days after the Chinese National Day - thats why there are no clouds and no smog!! Usually, you can't see more than 50 meters in Beijing, because there is always smog - its by far the dirtiest city I've been to (and I've also been to Mexico City). But for the National Day - believe it or not - the chinese government takes special care of the weather... wouldn't it be bad, if 1,2 billion people, on one of their very few holidays, would have to stay at home cause its raining and smogy outside? Yes, it would. And it would have been bad for me as well - I couldn't have taken this picture. Or at least it would look much more boring without the beautiful light on the ancient roofs.

b/w neagtive scan.
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rikausse Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Your chinese series is the one that I love the most in your gallery. :clap:
DaViolentHippo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
you're right.. beijing is ALWAYS smoggy... especially fall-winter. but once you get into spring, and you see the blue skies, you just become amazed and it makes the blue skies seem so much better. ^^
ANYways.. this is a great shot. the contrast, the shadows, beautiful!
jor-el Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
azrim Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004
On the left chimneys we can see that there is a very thin black region around them. I think that you played with the contrast and some masks to obtain this effect. Am I right ? In this case, perhaps this effect is this time too accentuated. The purpose was probably to obtain a totally white sky with very dark buildings (perhaps you even have cut the sky).
But I am not sure to be right.
Nevertheless, nice shot but I would have prefer to have a little bit more details in the buildings (this is only my feeling and the photographer is of course free of its art and intention).
NicKmiLLard Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004   Photographer
i like the constrast between the sky and the rooftops, nice job
peitxon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome B&W photography! was the sun realy that hard? you made a great contrast out of it :clap:
anlis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2004
i had no idea there was so much smog as you say.... but the pic came out good...and tbe B/W suits perfectly...
Skarsnik Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
great work, and it's good that it's in b/w :)
AntekPyra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
wohl ein tolles Land mit tollen Motiven
dieses hier hast Du sehr gut festgehalten

besonders gefallen mir die geteilten Dächer (Schatten und Licht)

echt gelungen
avotius Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2004
heh, its almost as if people think china is a country run by machines or something, surprise for them when they find out there are actualy people here doing something. Something you and I have both found out eh ;)

ive actualy never been to the forbidden city, although I know what you mean by the smog, cant see 2 kilometers out here in chongqing
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