Yuan Yang is known for its divine sunrises and sunsets, which many photographers attempt to capture. So we hired a van out to Duo Yi Shu from Bada, only about 10km back, and arrived at the shooting site at about 5:30 AM. We were fortunate to be the first there; shortly afterwards a steady stream of Chinese tourists and photographers with huge 6X6, 6X17, and you name it cameras arrived, filling up the viewing position. Sadly, this morning was not very spectacular, the Sun being hidden by some clouds as it came up. We didn't get the most incredible views the site could have offered, but the landscape is incredible nonetheless. This is a detail of what is a huge mosaic of terraces.
I changed a few things in Photoshop to bring it out, but I'm still not very happy with the colours - especially the blue area in the top-left.
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giorgimer (34899) 2007-06-18 8:15
wonderful effect created by the reflection and the fields shapes, perfect composition and POV
bibik (2784) 2007-06-18 8:25
Superb geometrical patterns. Impressive photo.
partha (14020) 2007-06-18 8:45
It looks just brilliant. The graphices is so strong. Great top view.
trinko (2950) 2007-06-18 9:37
nice colors, other than the blue, great terrain good focus
jcdurka1 (1950) 2007-06-18 10:04
En petite vignette l'image ressemble à des terrasses enneigées et c'est en l'ouvrant qu'on voit les refflets. Un resultat qui montre comme profiter d'un ciel blanc.
Trés bien vu,
clnaef (6289) 2007-06-18 10:21
Etonnante perspective et charmante géométrie
brandstaetter (15915) 2007-06-18 10:51
I think this morning was spectacular enough.. I like also the blue tone in the background. Thanks for sharing this wonderful manmade landscape.
Best regards chris
sidstakes (772) 2007-06-18 12:13
Did you try converting it into B&W? I remember something similar being posted earlier..'twas in B&W...this is a very interesting landscape..something no photographer would miss out on photographing it! :)
marioana (2256) 2007-06-18 12:41
Great POV and colours. Beautiful reflections and contrast. These fields look great from this view point. Well done.
greecelightning (284) 2007-06-18 15:07
Clear and colorful shot of a very unique landscape. Nice work!
jowish77 (103) 2007-06-19 3:03
Great POV!!!good colors and reflections...Excellent work.
paulalex32 (4) 2007-06-19 10:33
This was such a great opportunity shot. How could you have overexposed the water? What this does is to draw the eye into an abyss of, well, what you so aptly label "a mess." Perhaps you should have framed it differently so that the top left wasn't there, etc. Truly, it's not like the landscape was moving. You could have taken numerous different frames and thus chosen the best at a later date. That is what most photographers will do. Perhaps you can switch to digital and then you don't have to worry about paying for more than one shot.
As to your Photoshop skills, you need to be more subtle with your adjustments. Your greens are clearly oversaturated while the upper left is undersaturated. Do you use layers or simply adjustments? I would suggest layers. Cheers, Paul.
PS I decided a while ago to give everyone I comment on two points regardless of what I think of their photography. So don't feel offended or flattered. It just saves on all that nonesense.
PPS Probably the problem with the upper left is that you let your camera meter off the centre without compensating for the left.
tinamunk3 (6408) 2007-07-08 0:33
What a fantastic view of those neverending rice terraces. Must be great to stand in front of such a view. Breath-taking!!!
nachopolean (47) 2008-07-04 8:20
wow... its interesting how they do that