Part of the circular gates that enclose the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. I've already uploaded a few shots of it. I liked the striking colour contrasts here. I've burned in the slightly oe highlights.
"In ancient China, the Emperor of China was regarded as the Son of Heaven, who administered earthly matters on behalf of, and representing, heavenly authority. To be seen to be showing respect to the source of his authority, in the form of sacrifices to heaven, was extremely important. The temple was built for these ceremonies, mostly comprising prayers for good harvests.
Twice a year the Emperor and all his retinue would move from the Forbidden city through Beijing to encamp within the complex, wearing special robes and abstaining from eating meat. No ordinary Chinese was allowed to view this procession or the following ceremony. In the temple complex the Emperor would personally pray to Heaven for good harvests."
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ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-04-27 0:48
Very nice composition with all these curvy diagonals leading the eye to the same point which leave our imagination to guess what is behind that point. I like it.
Gustaw (21670) 2008-04-27 1:05
Hi, my friend!
Chuna this time. Very oryginal view, interesting composition. Only so many light I think. I like your historical view.
pablominto (53746) 2008-04-27 1:08
This reminds me of a dam I once photographed but that wasn't so nicely decorated!
Good light adding curvy shadow and the deep green forest offers a pleasant colour contrast...
noborders (1010) 2008-04-27 1:35
Hi Chris, every angle of this famous landmark is beautiful. You just proved it with this great curved perspective : a magical place !
papagolf21 (109160) 2008-04-27 1:48
Bonjour, mon ami Chris,
C'est toujours avec un grand plaisir que je découvre vos photographies, cher Chris. Vous savez nous transporter dans un monde étonnant. De plus, les explications des notes nous permettent d'en apprécier davantage l'ensemble.
Un grand merci.
lrw1966 (1632) 2008-04-27 5:23
This is beautiful, with clarity, womderful color and POV. Well done. Your note is very useful as well.
xavshot (69835) 2008-04-27 7:26
jolies courbes et belle lumière qui vient ajouter à la profondeur de la photo. Un graphisme intéressant et agréable à regarder.
snunney (106427) 2008-04-27 7:39
A very nice composition making good use of the curving walkway. I like the shadows thrown by the wall on the left whilst the paving stones make very effective lead-lines. Pleasing soft light and colours. Very good sharpness.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-04-27 10:18
Very spectacular shot with excellent composition, perspective is great. Clarity is superb, beautiful architectural premiére, Well done! Have a nice day,
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-04-27 10:27
Hello Chris! Wonderful perspective. Amazing lightness. Nice delicate colors. Good capture. Very original composition. Well done!
TopGeo (38216) 2008-04-27 11:01
Hi Chris! Very nice composition! this picture! Today was his feast Easter of Orthodox and Wished in all Friendlily Love and A lot of other wishes. You I greet and thank.
berek (50508) 2008-04-27 11:15
well framed picture. I like perspective and light. take care. greetings.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-04-27 12:25
This curve is very nice. I like the sharpness on the pavement and the beautifull light.
danyy (0) 2008-04-28 0:01
les belles courbes sont souvent très esthétiques, preuve ici encore avec un travail remarquable de nos cicilasations antiques.
Superbes lumières et couleurs.
UnTrained (0) 2008-04-28 1:21
that double curve has an additional virtual one by the shadow. The colours with that contrast of white and green are pleasant, the red in some spots is a good addition. I just want to make some steps to see what is coming after the curve.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
batalay (40381) 2008-04-28 5:56
Curves leading away and converging in the distance often create compelling perspectival compositions. This one is especially effective. I remember seeing the Temple of Heaven in 1983, but I remember spending most of the time studying the inner part of the dome. Using a Kodacolor 800 and pushing it to ISO 3200, I remember seeing colors one could not make out with the naked eye. It was a bit grainy, but in the trade they used to say, you could photograph "a black cat in a coal mine." With digital photography, that should be considerably easier to do now.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-04-29 0:24
LOL I believed the Chinese had built a slightly more modern stadium for the upcoming Olympics !
That being said, the curve is very nice and exposure of this one is fine.
Have a nice day JY