I continue with my Chinese journey in 1986, travellling backwards in time. This is from Beijing, where I started my trip. An elderly couple resting their feet during a visit to the Forbidden city. It covers a large area, so anyone will get tired. I met them in a remote corner of the huge compound, just inside the wall surrounding the area.
As usual this was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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pajaran (65030) 2013-04-10 10:22
Good work by scanning, beautiful photos.
Good work, well shown.
Good evening and all the best with the beautiful memories of the visit to China.
rychem (41596) 2013-04-10 10:47
The relief on the wall is really eyecatching, beautiful corner, nice scene, well done
ourania (50541) 2013-04-10 10:59
I like very much the way you have composed this presentation of the fascinating wall stretching it a bit to include the sitting couple. They have a great influence on the photo, almost making it their own. They have a kind of symmetry at the moment which is intriguing and amusing. I love the textures and the colours. The atmosphere seems to me mysterious and fascinating, the couple look like they're alone in a vast mysterious place, the gentleman is surprised by your presence. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-10 14:43
A lot unfolding here between these two trees, Gert - these two resting their legs while the man catches sight of you; the relief on the wall is beautiful, but also showing signs of age and wear, as is the wall next to it. All of this is rendered nicely in warm tones and outstanding sharpness - amazing that these have all come from nearly 30 year slides, given their quality!
daddo (27756) 2013-04-10 17:10
Wonderful richness of tones Gert. Nicely balanced image with the two trees and the dragon medallion in the middle. The one thing I remember well from my trip to Shanghai is the ease with which the locals find a spot to rest, even lie down, after of course removing their shoos. Best wishes. Klaudio.
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-04-10 19:32
hej igen, gert ~
i love this shot! the reality of the tired feet is a refreshing change from the happy tourist pictures that predominate. the tones and colors are just lovely.
lousat (96682) 2013-04-11 2:04
Hi Gert,the tired man is like the cherry in the cake,the perfect details to complete a magnificent composition concentrate on the details and colors of this beautiful wall,the quality is another time at the top,your scanner works very well!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jhm (158854) 2013-04-11 2:58
25 Year ago maybe now yet the same wall and creation.
Your scanned pictures are always of high quality, also the colours are pleasant.
The people in foreground are a nice addition certainly for the scale .
Lovely panoramic view about these area
Nice composition, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Nicou (149698) 2013-04-11 8:08
quelle vue et cadrage sueprbe ces deux personnage dans le coin et cette facade ce mur aux tons doux avec la belle décoration splendide iamge.
bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37966) 2013-04-11 8:32
En synnerligen intressant vägg! Färgerna här dominareas av mörkgrönt och rött med en rolig harmoni mellan det röda på väggen och det röda i personernas ansikten. Det är en liten obalans i bilden, det är långt mellan personerna och trädet till höger. Kanske hade det hjälpt att kapa bort trädet. Hur som helst, en intressant vägg.
Fis2 (105074) 2013-04-11 8:53
a very interesting wall.
Good composition and colors.
Silvio1953 (151545) 2013-04-11 10:10
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with siting people and fantastic architectures in BG, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (103038) 2013-04-11 11:07
another nice slide and remembrance from your trip to China. Amazing decorative elements on the wall. Fine captured scene, good title. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
macjake (71721) 2013-04-11 11:36
they should call THIS the great wall of China! haha!! :)
thats a very impressive wall there.
love the orange coloring, think about it...how often do we see a wall THAT color.
and of course what would a photo from Gert be without a few people in it :)
marabu61 (11277) 2013-04-11 11:51
I just love all your old photos, revoking a time long gone by. Here we have an other excellent composition with the couple resting below the tree and that gorgeous relief on the wall behind.
Tigerlily (3379) 2013-04-12 6:07
Thank you SO,so.. much for putting Beijing image on, Gert. The colour is really like it was in my memory. I never liked Forbidden city when I lived in Peking. I felt it was harsh,unfriendly and bare, I prefer the gardens nearby, they were my 'play ground':-D.
I do miss my 'home town' a lot, especially when I see the places I was familiar with, but it is not as it was before. They've messed it all up, and ruined the city. Beijing's culture was Hu tong(alley way) and Forbidden city. Nowadays, it is the raw capitalist destroyed everything..Back again, thanks a lot.:-)
williewhistler (16412) 2013-04-13 6:08
the lovely rich colours of the murals on the wall are somehow in stark contrast to the couple taking a well earned rest beneath the tree.
Keen observation and anticipation on your part has produced a most engaging photograph.
Another fine scan.
emilbo (22616) 2013-04-13 7:53
Une magnifique photo aux couleurs cahutes et ces deux personnages au repos qui humanisent la scčne. Le mur est vraiment magnifique et attire l'oeil avec ses jolis motifs. Beau travail de scan.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne fin de semaine,
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-04-13 9:53
Awesome capture of this historic site. Looks like the couple are aware of you taking their picture. Good lighting and dof with nice details. You did a wonderful job scanning old photographs. Well done, tfs.
bayno (18344) 2013-04-14 2:37
the show go on again...i look at your picture at at my feet also....tired too ;)
also here the quality of the scan is outstanding...perfect framing and a fabulous BG, i like also the tones and the light....
zoomer (6) 2013-04-14 10:58
Hi,those two are placed in really exotic surroundings.The wall is magnificent in color and design.Fine scan job,all the best,Wolf.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-04-15 3:10
una Pechino insolita nella sua quotidianitā ed originale nella rappresentazione di una cittā ancora autentica nelle sue tradizioni quando tu hai avuto modo di visitarla all'inizio del tuo viaggio.
Oggi č tutt'altra cosa, almeno in parte, ma le tue foto oltre ad essere molto belle, sono anche una testimonianza valida di un tempo passato
Ciao e buona giornata
wolf38 (31296) 2013-04-15 23:04
Hello Gert. I see the tired couple on the bench and know the title says it all. The beautiful background is almost more important than the couple. Anyway, you have two areas combined, perfectly.
siolaw (38292) 2013-04-16 0:58
Nice candid shot with off centre compo, letting enough space in order to be able to admire this wonderful ornate wall of the Forbidden city.
mesutilgim (97138) 2013-04-16 12:41
Hello dear Gert,
Another perfect capture of those good old times !
And the background ! A real masterwork.
TFS and best regards
jusninasirun (17162) 2013-04-17 17:23
Nice shot at the beginning of your journey. The two people creates pleasing balance in the frame. The wall texture and design attracted my attention. Superb scan and thanks for sharing.
Angshu (56760) 2013-04-22 2:58
What a wonderful detail in the wall...looks like a royal insignia on the red wall! The two people sitting & resting under the tree pivots the shot well. A fine detailed shot ina fine quality scan, still very 'alive' after 25 years!
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-05-01 11:09
Fine shot of the impressive matured red wall and the powerful design are wonderful. You have placed the elements excellently into the pleasant framing making those tired old men look small but extremely stand out in the setting. A nice play of light and tis is a well organized look, simple but effective enhanced by much details all round. But It seems that wherever you hover around, there's is a pulling power eventually to these two figs. This makes the shot attractive. Excellent pp treatment, Well done.
kato (11630) 2013-05-12 17:10
You're capturing well this placey a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive yo see the big wall which imitated the dragon inside the Forbidden city. I have also memorized that this was a very large site.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-26 1:32
excellent composition here. Those people resting are really looking tired. You composed the frame superbly with finely textured wall as the background. Excellent composition. Tfs.