Forbidden City

Attention

A guard outside the Forbidden City.

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.

So, there you have it… attention.

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Forbidden City. Blue Skies. White Clouds.

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.

Stones

Taken in the Forbidden City during my first trip to Beijing, now almost eight years ago.

I think the guide said that, in order to stop enemies from tunneling up into the courtyard, there were nine crisscrossing layers of stones.

The picture was taken with my old D50 and 300 mm.

Dragon Claws

Detail from one of two dragon pillars outside the Tiananmen Square entrance to the Forbidden City.

A picture of one of the pillars, taken by Sidney D. Gamble and dating from 1917-1919, can be found in the Duke University Libraries here.