I shot this with my D50/300 mm during my first trip to Beijing. Although I’ve come back to it often, this is the first time I’ve posted the picture. I’d shot it in such a way that the brim of the hat was touching the right side of the frame (as it still is), but had a lot of room at the back and top of the image, and that just didn’t feel right.
Today I cropped the image so that the hat was touching both the top and left of the image, and brought the bottom up so that the knot in the tie was just visible, and it seems to work.
This photo was also taken during my first trip to Beijing. I think the stones I photographed in the previous post were to the right of this pathway.
My friends and I were at the Forbidden City pretty early on a weekday morning, so there wasn’t a crowd (the photograph was taken at 10:30 am).
If you click on the photograph (which brings-up a larger version on flickr), you’ll see a man in a white shirt and beige jacket making a peace (or victory) sign with his left hand. You’ll see this a lot in pictures taken in China.
Oh, except for some minor tweaks to clarity, shadows, and contrast (with Lightroom 5.3), that is how the sky looked when I shot the picture. Yeah, we can get some really bad days here, but we can also get some beautiful ones as well.