A hot, overcast Spring day, in the city of Tianjin, which was hit by a massive earthquake in July, 1976.
"The Tangshan earthquake (Chinese: 唐山大地震; pinyin: tángshān dà dìzhèn), also known as the Great Tangshan earthquake or GTE, was a natural disaster that occurred on July 27, 1976. It is believed to be the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Tangshan in Hebei, People's Republic of China, an industrial city with approximately one million inhabitants. The initial number released by the Chinese government was 655,000, but has since stated the number to be around 240,000 to 255,000. A further 164,000 people were recorded as being severely injured. The earthquake came in between a series of political events involving the Communist Party of China. It shook China both literally and figuratively in 1976, which was later labeled a "Year of curse".
The earthquake hit in the early morning, at 03:42:53.8 local time (1976 July 27 19:42:53.8 UTC), and lasted for around 10 seconds. Chinese Government's official sources state 7.8 on the Richter magnitude scale, though some sources listed it as high as 8.2. The USGS recorded it as magnitude 7.5.
It was followed by a major 7.8 magnitude aftershock some 16 hours later, increasing the death toll."
"The earthquake killed 23,938 people in Tianjin and did heavy damage."
This is the memorial in central Tianjin city, taken in May, 2007. (Population of Tianjin is around 10,240,000 for the region, & the metropolitan area had 5 million people, in 2004, according to Wikipedia.)
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2007-11-05 1:34
It's nice how you get us till the Memorial thought that "tunnel" effect.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-11-05 1:46
Splendid image for this memorial the composition is spectacular and impressive. I like the fine trellis, note is very informative. Thank you for sharing,
Have a nice week
snunney (104643) 2007-11-05 1:59
A good angle of view through the arched lights looking on this interesting monument. The paving stones provide good lead lines taking the eye to the statue at the focal point. Good sharpness.
cbrman (21675) 2007-11-05 3:29
Un endroit que je ne connaissais pas du tout ! Ta note impressionne par les chiffres qui y figurent ! Le cadrage est sympa bien que la compo soit un peu chargée vers le haut ! Mais d'un autre coté, cela t'a permis de caché un peu le ciel gris !
mikeo (12129) 2007-11-05 4:04
Its 'just a monument' but showed in a great, interesting way. Good POV and composition, nice colours...I only regret the sky is so white and no clouds there...But the shot is very good!
cunejo200 (7281) 2007-11-05 4:07
Hello Chris, Amazing stats from the earthquake. You have captured the Memorial quite well. I like the curtain-like iron infront. Impressive. Regards, Danilo
John_F_Kennedy (43757) 2007-11-05 4:21
Beautiful composition with excellent light and colors. Good POV and reflections.
chinchini (31529) 2007-11-05 5:09
Bonjour mon Ami Chris,
Bon POV pour un cadrage parfaitement centré de ce mémorial. L'environnement malgré le brouillard est perceptible et l'on peut voir les constructions de la Chine moderne.
Très bon avant-plan que j'aurais aimé voir illuminé ;o)
C'est très bien vu !
sayan (2617) 2007-11-05 5:23
this is a nice capture and your note is really good. what i like most in it is the symmetry!
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-11-05 5:25
Great composition with wonderfull light and colors.Nice POV here,excellent work.
carper (96) 2007-11-05 7:08
a fine shot of this memorial Chris,
good perspective and fine details, very interesting note, good trekearth job here, have a nice day.
UnTrained (0) 2007-11-05 7:19
all lines lead directly to the memorial, well focused and sharp main subject. I think it is some smog in the background blurring the buildings.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
jurek1951 (42196) 2007-11-05 8:44
Wonderful shot Chris, good sharpness and superbe colors. Well done.
Philippe (11836) 2007-11-05 13:07
Hi, chris. the sky didn't look too good on that day, but you managed to hide it partially with the wrought iron decorations, which I think was a good idea. The same decorations also serve as a good lead into the image. The composition is very symmetrical and this gives a good structure to yopur picture.
berek (50506) 2007-11-05 13:36
meaningful memorial statue my friend. good framing and notes. take care .
Cormac (26565) 2007-11-05 14:56
Good shot of the memorial! I like the composition, with the monument in the centre and the trees to each side. For some reason this really suites the monument because it is itself symmetrical. Good colour and detail too. Well done!
Muse (34962) 2007-11-07 3:51
A centring adapted well to make us discover this monument. It is original and the pov gives a good depth.
danyy (0) 2007-11-07 15:11
pas mal de graphisme ici.
sucession de courbes qui mênent à un triangle.
Une photo qui manque un peu de contrastes à mon avis.
jemaflor (101241) 2007-11-08 10:42
Well taken with a good depth with this choice of the angle to take your shot, interesting monument and shot, tfs.