Setting sun over Xian taken from the ancient city wall, one of the oldest fortifications and best preserved Chinese city walls. Trying to keep the colours natural and not overdo the evening light using ND filter to balance foreground detail.
Construction of the ancient wall started in 194BC and the existing wall was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty in 1370. Since then the wall has undergone three times of repairs and restorations from 1568 till 1983 to the present structure, complete with a deep moat which is 20 meters wide surrounding it. Thus making it a complete defensive system. and it is still probably the biggest walled city in the world. It measures 12meters height, 15-18 meters thickness at the base and a total of about 14km length in rectangular shape.
There is a rampart at every 120 meters. The ramparts, 98 in total, are towers that extend out from the main wall. The top of the rampart being at the same level as the top of the wall were built to defend against the enemy climbing up the wall. Each rampart has a sentry building, in which the soldiers could protect the entire wall without exposing themselves to the enemy. The distance between two ramparts is just within the range of arrow shot from either side. The top of City Wall can be ascended via 18 gates, the most popular is the South City Gate or Yongning Gate and no matter which gate is chosen, we still can complete the whole circumference of the wall in one circle.
This picture shows the ramparts & sentry buildings to the left on the South Gate of the wall.
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Kaisa71 (228) 2014-02-09 8:14
I like photos which have been taken during the sunrise or sunset because of the gentle and beautiful lighting. You have captured well the feeling. I also like the shapes of the Chinese architecture so this photo is for my taste. Thanks for sharing.
Greetings, Kaisa from Finland
Noel_Byrne (27752) 2014-02-09 8:29
Oh my, what a shot. If you were to tell me that you had travelled back to the 14th century to shoot this, I would almost believe you, This image looks timeless and like it could have been taken at any point in history. There is no modern sights here at all, just this architecture which has stood the test of time.
How many times has the sun set and rose again. Sometimes its amazing to stop and ponder at a place like this, and your composition of this image makes me do just that.
Our ancient places are so important, and being able to share photos of them here is so cool. Love the lead into the scene with the lower right wall and the light from the sun is truly magical.
Thanks as always, and best wishes from Ireland!
claudeD (35967) 2014-02-09 8:59
very fine sunset picture with amazing dark contrats and perfect light managment. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
papagolf21 (91480) 2014-02-09 9:14
Bonsoir, cher Abmdsudi,
Encore une image qui réjouit le regard et édifie notre culture.
L'image est de toute beauté. Les mots sont inutiles, il suffit de contempler.
jemaflor (90107) 2014-02-09 9:37
lovely presentation with this good light capture, interesting architecture, depth and warm tones, well managed.
ourania (37398) 2014-02-09 9:52
it's amazing that this ancient wall and its ramparts stand so solid and in excellent condition for such a long time but the impressive data cited in your note explain and justify this achievement. I like very much how you placed the sun in a such discreet place, it's attractive but not disturbing and the graduating light and colour in the sky is wonderful. There's great detail and depth along the wall and the atmosphere is really suggestive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
PaulVDV (24753) 2014-02-09 10:41
When I was in Xi'an, there was so much smog that the sun remained invisible. I'm glad you had more luck.
The setting sun gives the sky a beautiful pink colour and that goes wel with the many red lanterns on the wall.
We also get a very nice view of the towers of the city gate and also some beautiful roofs further away at the right side.
Best regards, Paul
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-02-09 11:10
Superb atmosphere in this ancient town. This low light gave more value to the picture. Great presentation together with good informative note. Congratulations!
Silvio1953 (131778) 2014-02-09 11:18
Ciao Abndsudi, fascinating composition with beautiful architecture, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
cornejo (36447) 2014-02-09 11:23
Hello Abmdsudi, excellent photo of this interesting composition backlit sunset with beautiful sun, very good shot, great sharpness, nice color and light, very good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend, thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Best regards from southern Spain.
Fis2 (90859) 2014-02-09 12:11
Wonderful architecture, curious place.
Excellent POV, colors and light.
Image has a unique atmosphere.
I like it.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-02-09 12:17
it must nice to visit China..I have never been there and I learn so much from your beautiful pictures...this is a beautiful composition, mysterious, intriguing and a great keepsake! great note as usual!!
compliments and kind regards
carlo62 (39741) 2014-02-09 13:35
a prescindere dal luogo, la foto è molto bella, grazie alla sua composizione e alla luce.
Le mura sono ben inquadrate e i simboli rossi colpiscono l'attenzione, come il sole ottimamente posizionato.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-09 20:58
Très beau coucher de soleil sur ces remparts. La lumière permet encore d'apprécier les détails de l'ensemble. Bien fait.
jjcordier (79275) 2014-02-09 22:41
Une très bonne composition et une lumière particulière créant une très intéressante atmosphère. Belle réalisation.
bukitgolfb301 (38040) 2014-02-09 23:10
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTh, apa kabar?
Sorry for my no contact as so busy recently
Great sunset with great surrounding side players.
Slight orange color gradation and red objects are so fantatsic to see.
All the best and have a good new week! TAKERO
josepmarin (58031) 2014-02-10 1:00
I like the chosen framing, with which you have reached a nice perspective of the city walls with its red ornamental elements.
The lines and shapes of this fantastic architecture stands out over a wonderful orange sky, and the setting sun still shines on it elegantly, providing a high aesthetical quality into the ensemble.
Exposure management is perfect, the subtle light adds a nice atmosphere at the photo.
A great work, my friend.
delpeoples (55290) 2014-02-10 2:09
The dusky pink/orange sky is really lovely and you've done well with illuminating the foreground shaded parts of the rampart. I like the perspective you create with the wall, guiding the eye further into the frame. An excellent composition where you have dealt with the tricky light conditions quite flawlessly.
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-02-10 2:29
Atmospheric and very Chinese-looking your nicely composed shot leaves no doubt in my mind as to where in the world we are. I like the colour control here, the warm reds and oranges are most appropriate for the location. Have a good week Rosemary
pajaran (55597) 2014-02-10 5:03
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o velikom zidu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na arhitekturu i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the great wall, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the architecture of the moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful architecture and details shown.
Nice afternoon and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-02-10 6:51
I managed to visit this magical town during my trip to China this winter, but somehow the weather was not very good until the last evening, so the city walls unfortunately had to be missed. Shame. I knew they were very picturesque and was very tempted to try my camera there.
You did very good job of yours - that is for sure :-) The POV is just ideal to show a bit of the wall together with the guard tower and some color adding lanterns. You chose very good hour to take this photo as well - the light is very sparse but enough to give the image special climate.
Thanks for sharing
Graal (100548) 2014-02-10 6:55
very nice view and pleasant time here. Amazing sun and orange sky above the old fortifications. Good composition. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-10 6:58
This is one of the oldest cities in China. Also it's the place the famous Terracotta Army located. This picture is very nice with beautiful sunset. I enjoy it very much.
eldancer1 (32826) 2014-02-10 7:40
A masterful presentation of this beautiful sunset and you did a wonderful job of controlling lighting so textures are still visible even in low lighting. Love the colors of the sky. Very well done, tfs.
holmertz (45936) 2014-02-10 7:52
The towers, flags and other roofs form a fine skyline against the pink evening sky. The red lanterns (?) form a superb diagonal leading me straight up to the two towers. You exposed this well, leaving the foreground quite dark, but with a "natural" darkness keeping most details still clearly visible. You captured a great atmosphere.
adramad (41162) 2014-02-10 8:25
Impressive and wonderful, this sunset is more beautiful, so superb in this place, ideal that diagonal wall is formed in the plane, ending in these two spectacular towers, so perfect solar disk is a fabulous complement.
The lighting and sharpness are perfect.
Well done. I love this image.
Have a good day.
rychem (28983) 2014-02-10 9:16
This is great, beautiful delicate light of the setting sun, fantastic perspective and perfect composition with very well placed towers
marina7 (8055) 2014-02-10 9:16
the sight of the setting sun is always special for me, especially as beautiful as in your picture. Perfect atmosphere of total serenity and peace, amazing colors and light. Simply wonderful!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-11 1:31
a scene,which bring us in some kind of dreamy and tranquil mood.
The light is fabulous and definitely helps you to achieve this effect.But also the composition itself is well considered.This diagonal line created to lead our eyes across the whole scene was an excellent idea.
wolf38 (31284) 2014-02-11 5:00
Hello abmdsudi. A landmark and atmospheric photo. Front the silhouettes of the temple, behind the golden colored evening sky. The few colors complement each other perfectly. In addition, a very instructive text. Very nice.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
mirosu (15386) 2014-02-13 4:15
You have found a very strong subject with excellent positioning of the fort wall and the towers in nice sunset light. You´ve placed the main point of interest, the bright sun, to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. The nice sky adds a nice hue to the scene.
Very well done.
nikkitta (17018) 2014-02-13 16:17
I have been there walking and renting a bike to go along on this impresive walls
Here your capture is plenty of poetry given by the soft light and the reflects on the red cilinders
Great composition with the towers at the back
Must be proud of your job here, congrats ( meaning this)
mkamionka (32937) 2014-02-17 7:41
very attractive composition, photo so full of atmosphere. I like the orange color of the sky and so nicely oval shape of the sun, which is really difficult to capture. Nice repeated motif of the lamp. The wall in the foreground leads the eye well into the two attractive stylish building in the centre.
mcmtanyel (17217) 2014-02-18 21:42
Yes, the light management is just right. The sun is sharp and all the details are discernable. Lovely sunset tones beckon the visitor to your gallery to click on this TN.
Waylim (25434) 2014-03-03 17:47
With the hazy atmosphere, the sun set color are very nice and not too bright, that we can actually look directly at the sun.
Beautiful image full of atmospehre, what you captured here is more than landscape but pure mood.
adores (41680) 2014-03-07 16:40
When I was there it was raining and cloudy, but I liked the city a lot. Good pov and moment! I like the sunset and the wall decorated with the red lanterns. The composition is very good and you managed light very well. This is a very impressive Wall and you got a good shot!
berek (44415) 2015-09-22 20:07
A very good composition and a special light creating a very interesting atmosphere. Great achievement.
npecanhuk (70876) 2015-09-22 20:52
Wonderful picture, with special regards to the management of light, colors and, of course, superb composition!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (47646)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-09 7:55