Dali Ancient city, located in northwest of Yunnan Province, is a fascinating place to explore. Built in 1382 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it has been amongst the top listed historical cities of China since 1982. Amongst the attractions are the tranquil Erhai Lake to the east and Cangshan Mountain to the west. Dali Ancient city was a gateway to the Silk Road in Southwest China, and also served as a seat of government and a major military barracks for Yunnan Province in ancient times. Home to traditional Bai ethnic minority with the prominent city wall gives the city a distinctive feel unlike any other Chinese city.
This is the impressive South City Gate of the walled city, remnants of the four original gates that guarded the city in the 14th century. Shot taken on a cloudy late afternoon, with Cangshan mountain heavily clouded on the left.
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dkmurphys (53461) 2010-10-20 2:43
Very beautiful capture. I like the strong contrast between the colored wide first plan and the mysterious foggy background. Good composition, perfect POV.
Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (70752) 2010-10-20 2:44
Very attractive picture with excellent level of sharpness, low pov, exposure, contrasts (superb balance between clearer and darker elements), colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white & grey borders and composition!
Interesting building, beautiful flowers!
TFS - congrats,
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-10-20 2:56
Great capture my friend. The beautiful flowers in the foreground is the heart of this composition. I like the low POV pointing towards sky.
Have a nice time
JFS (32459) 2010-10-20 3:48
Lovely perspective with this close-up of the flowers and this stormy sky at the background. Good work!
asajernigan (21427) 2010-10-20 3:59
This is a fine shot taken from a great POV. The upward view of the building is great placing it against the dark sky. The colorful flowers in the foreground adds a nice splash of color for the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
dta (72025) 2010-10-20 4:23
Hello Abmdsudi ,
A very attractive picture . Splendid colors , superb light and contrast with the dark sky , and a well chosen low POV .
romanaa (7984) 2010-10-20 4:23
the yellow flower field catches the attention and the very low POV works effectively and forces us to look up at the majestic building and the dark skies. I feel as if I was standing next to you and was looking up when you were taking the shot.
Sergiom (68572) 2010-10-20 5:30
Superbe composition. Les couleurs vives à l'avant plan guident le regard vers la porte . Le ciel est magnifique et le point de vue parfait.
marina7 (8055) 2010-10-20 5:59
Wonderful photo. This gloomy sky contrasted with bright sunny flowers produces a very powerful effect. Great angle on that ancient wall too. It seems a bit blurry to me but anyway it's a great picture.
yquem46 (38750) 2010-10-20 6:09
Like the intense contrast between the dark threatening sky and the colored flowers at the FG
Nicely composed from a low POV
Have a nice day
emilbo (22616) 2010-10-20 6:14
Excellente composition et belle diagonale. Le bel éclairage, malgré un ciel menaçant, met bien en valeur ce vieil et merveilleux édifice. Le contraste de couleurs avec l'avant-plan est de toute beauté.
Tous mes compliments,
SWEETFREEDOM (23854) 2010-10-20 8:26
i like very much this picture with the interesting old gate and beautiful colorful flowers at its feet.
diomed (13926) 2010-10-20 10:19
amazing perpective captured with a fantastic POV. Superb colours, very nice architecture, dramatic and intriguing sky.
saxo042 (37724) 2010-10-20 11:49
The low POV makes this building extra impressive and makes the unique architecture look very good. The beautiful foreground flowers and the hostile sky also are beautiful parts of this picture.
ciakgiak (30423) 2010-10-20 13:35
the site that you propose seems to be very interesting, but you composed a superb scene with the flowers in FG and the incredible cloudy sky!
Urs (14082) 2010-10-20 21:48
This October was not my month: First I could not see any pix at TE. I installed Google Chrome after a few days. Then my PC crashed, 2 days spend with formating and reloading. And then my server cut me for more then 3 days, since yesterday I'm online again ... Thanks for your critique of my dry provision shop. The prawn crackers are really nice and some of the nuts mixtures I like as well. There are many shop to choose what you like in the Kimyong market.
I like the dramatic POV of your shot from Dali. I visited the town in 1984. As I can see a lot has changed, but I hope that it kept its charm. Vibrant color hues with excellent contrasts. Well done
patdeph (35748) 2010-10-21 3:31
the light is incredibly beautiful,and I like the strong contrast between the vivid yellow flowers and the very datk sky!Your low POV makes the castle still more impressive!Amgnificent!
holmertz (45917) 2010-10-21 6:15
This is a tremendous composition where the well chosen low POV has created an almost shocking contrast between the cheerfulness of the flowers and the threatening sky. The low angle also makes the imposing building look even more impressive.
Thanks for sharing,
PixelTerror (0) 2010-10-21 13:20
A good and dynamic approach to the gate under a nice dramatic sky, due to this contrast the flowers colors pop out more
Have a nice day JY
Charo (51210) 2010-10-21 14:42
A beautiful and impressive picture, which combines very well the unique architecture, the dark sky and the bright color of the flowers.
Excellent contrasts and great composition. Bravo!
AKITA (15125) 2010-10-21 23:18
it is so mysterious,
your low POV makes this old stone gate very wonder,
covering grass looks magical and yellow & red flowers are fantastic,
and back dramatic cloudy sky is effective too,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Graal (100488) 2010-10-21 23:41
An interesting historic place, good note and well done photo. I like the colours and composition. Nice presentation.
Have a nice day.
Pablo25 (3184) 2010-10-22 7:41
nice colors and beautiful building, weel seen and well done.
samson (1355) 2010-10-22 9:08
A very pleasing picture indeed. Nice angle and nice colours. I want to visit Yunnan after seeing your picture.
BluSimo (9392) 2010-10-22 9:20
the Pov from the low capture all the cloudy atmosphere of the afternoon. the approach with the flowers and their joyful colors and the old gate is amazing, very beautiful shot, my compliments
Angshu (56664) 2010-10-22 9:36
You're posting at a speed faster than I can critique...left with no choice, but to skip some posts...very difficult to choose, but no other option! :-(
This is impressive, not only for the low POV creating a majestic element for the gate, but also, as you know, for the bright colours. A great idea to include them in the frame!...moreso especially when we have a dark broody sky! Very well handled shot in all ways..good work, my friend!
Cricri (111977) 2010-10-22 10:22
Joliment présenter la porte de la ville avec l'avant plan colorée de fleurs, le contraste avec le ciel et l'architecture intéressante du bâtiment
zanzi (13670) 2010-10-23 7:50
The very low point of view is perfect to show us these lovely colorful flowers and this dramatic sky.
jusninasirun (17162) 2010-10-23 17:46
Hi abmsudi. You have chosen a fine low angle view for this shot. I like the blanket of flower in the foreground amplifying the architecture in the frame. The moody sky adds contrast to the vibrant fg colors. Well crafted shot and I like it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Best regards - Jusni.
adramad (41096) 2010-10-24 12:34
Wonderful image with this magnificent monument creating a diagonal composition with the impressive sky, the contrast of the beautiful tapestry floral and vegetation sprouting on the walls of the fort is a lovely vision.
Excellent handling of light, beautiful and natural color in an image with good sharpness. Good job.
Have a nice week. Best regards.
iainsp (2630) 2010-10-25 8:36
A wonderful shot - for a 'westerner' who has not go further east than India this is the perfect TE shot. showing me something I find beautiful, captivating and culturally unusual (considering my own frame of reference). A great PoV, with the flowers in the background and shooting the gate from below; and a dramatic sky add to the effects of your frame. graet work, thanks, iain
yso (4146) 2010-10-28 12:13
I like the colour contrast between sky and flowers, the architecture is impressive, very well composed !
daddo (26078) 2010-10-29 23:45
Salam Abmdsudi. Incredible place filled with beauty, history and individual characteristics. As usual, a thoughtfully chosen POV and excellent management of exposure under somewhat testing light. You sure have seen some fascinating and remote places. Regards. Klaudio.
Cafalex (924) 2010-10-31 10:39
I realy appreicate the strong contrast between the coloured flowers and the dark sky and gate. almost a taste of magical.
kordinator (20231) 2010-11-02 1:24
Great composition,perfect framed.
Interesting building,beautiful architecture.
Lovely perspective with this close-up of the flowers.
Contrast between the dark threatening sky and the colored flowers at the foreground.
kiks (11785) 2010-11-04 11:58
The saturation of the cloudy sky makes the colors of the flowers seem even stronger. The plants groing at the walls make the vieuw even more spectecular.
andreyn (171) 2010-11-09 7:59
Beautiful frame. I like the contrast between the dramatic sky and the fresh and colorful flowers. The colors are beautiful. The only and really small suggestion will be to leave some "space" above, cause the edge seem to be slightly cut off.
Great photo anyhow,
Nard (6972) 2010-11-26 5:39
I really like this picture also. The sly and the light are incredible, yellow and red flowers in the foreground add a part of colors that contraste with the background.
wawa (692) 2011-01-23 3:38
Wow - what a capture.
Beautiful shot with an upward view of this huge building. The flowers contrast nicely with the threatening sky
Waylim (25430) 2011-03-16 23:22
China is just so big, it is really hard to see it all, I would have love to go to Yunnan but just can't fit it in a two week trip. Anyway, what I like here is the drammatic sky and light, the angel of the POV makes it hard to appreciate the whole of the gate, but the inclusion of the flower make it very cheerful and full of enegy against the dark gloomy day. Love the details and texture of the stone wall.
fritzi007 (9119) 2011-03-31 9:31
Beautiful colors and old, ancient walls, I'm thrilled!
delpeoples (55238) 2011-10-17 5:17
Hi dear Abmdsudi
There's not much I can say to constructively critique this beautiful photo except to admire it. The colours, the POV, the textures and light are all wonderful. You did extremely well in what were obviously difficult lighting conditions. I love this low POV too. Really great job, congratulations.
clic (16114) 2013-02-17 9:11
When historical walls invaded by vines meet
brillantly-coloured new life under dramatic skies, what else more splendid can happen?!!
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-02-21 12:01
History, tradition, amazing nature and its spectacular moment meet an extraordinary photographer who procuces an unforgettable image!
The photographer is you and the image is yours!!
Noel_Byrne (27740) 2013-07-16 7:57
This is stunning :) The building speaks of such age and history and the sky creates so much drama in the shot. The flowers offset and balance this perfectly and make a very inviting bright foreground. Perfect positioning, this is really class.