As soon as we arrived in Beijing we walked from our hotel to Tian'anmen Square. It was a public holiday and there were people everywhere just standing around enjoying the largest city square in the world (440,000 mē - 880m by 500m).
What I remember most was the dust - it was so thick we could feel the grit on our teeth. Asian Dust (also known as yellow dust, yellow sand, yellow wind or China dust storms) is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates in the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine, dry soil particles. These clouds are then carried eastward by prevailing winds and pass over China, North and South Korea, and Japan, as well as parts of the Russian Far East.
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ifege (9987) 2011-06-27 0:30
Hi Marlene for Tian'anmen Square back in 1998. people were flying kites that you could barely see. You've captured the dust and the atmosphere of people wandering and chatting very well.
bj40 (6) 2011-06-27 1:42
Hi Marlene, What a welcome you encountered with that dust storm , your notes provide an excellent explanation ,the wide low angle approach here give an unreal feel to this image particularly with the bland sky and static figures ,the small boy entering the frame is the only movement. Thanks Tom.
BennyV (13538) 2011-06-27 3:18
Nice shot, Marlene. Not the best of weather circumstances, but that doens't mean you can't get good pictures!
I love the CHINA on the man's back and the little kid running into the shot. The kid might have been a bit further away from the edge of the frame to get an even better composition. And then...all those people just standing around...great!
There is a very clear tilt in this shot, but I think it works and even adds to the particular atmosphere in this scene!
holmertz (36451) 2011-06-27 7:38
I don't know if you noticed at that time the person with "CHINA" written all over the back, but it was certainly a great detail to include in the picture. The strange colours and light, caused by the dust, also create a very special atmosphere. There are lots of fine details to watch among all the people, most of which are just hanging around in small groups or alone. I like the little boy stepping into the picture to the left, the tourist taking a photo to the right and another tourist in the centre, seemingly just bewildered by the size of the square.
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D80 DSLR, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-27 0:15