This is pit #1, outside Xian. There are 3 pits in total. Warriors, calvary & archers. I've warmed this image a little, to correct for the greenish tint from the fluorescent lighting. Handheld, as tripods are expressly forbidden, even though flash isn't banned. From Wikitravel:
"Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, with a 6,000-year history, was known as Chang'an in ancient times.
For over 1,000 years the city has been capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. With so much history within the ground the city lies upon, it's no wonder that there are so many historical ruins and, in the museums, cultural relics. Even before the lives of Christ, Mohammad, and Siddhartha, Xi'an was a world class city and already influencing the world outside of The Great Wall of China. As the eastern terminus of the Silk Road（丝绸之路), traders from far and wide brought goods and ideas for sale and took goods and ideas back with them to their communities. In the present times, not much of its former glory remains within the city due to warfare and constant political changes throughout the ages."
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bracasha75 (24585) 2008-03-05 1:04
I have hear many great thing about this Terracotta Warriors and they are made it to help hi emperor in death.
snunney (88210) 2008-03-05 1:15
A different and more interesting point of view from the one you usually see of the Terracotta Army, head-on. Very good colours and clarity. Thanks for sharing.
elihesamian (26149) 2008-03-05 1:30
to look at this subject always amazed me about the history of the subject,in TV,books,magazines and in TE by your works,too.and you show us with a great angle and POV and close to them in a fine way with a great quality and excellent sharpness.a great composed shot,too,I like this work,Thanks,
danip (206) 2008-03-05 1:52
Nice pov. Thanks for sharing! Dani
UnTrained (0) 2008-03-05 2:52
I like the POV looking along their "faces" and including so much of them. I had not thought that this is handheld, I think you took their motionlessness as a good prototype.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
carper (96) 2008-03-05 4:16
this is a famous place Chris.
I like the shot the pov os great by this very special armee, good photo I like it, have a good day.
TopGeo (38206) 2008-03-05 7:45
Hi Chris! A famous now picture of army from statues that they cause interesting all! Good place and beautiful frame! important work!\TFS Georgios
Budapestman (82620) 2008-03-05 11:05
Great shot for this place with impressive composition, the composition is very effective. Details are splendid, fantastic spectacle, indeed. Very well done! Have a nice evening
keribar (43841) 2008-03-05 12:56
As you probably remember I also visited this place last year, and it is interesting to see how different our pictures are. I tried to isolate the figures, but here you went showing all the pit, and I am stunned by the good result of someone who sees with other eyes than mine.
Keep well Chris - Izzet
alainh (35583) 2008-03-05 14:08
always at the four places of the planet Chris.
astonishing and beautiful shot, du tout bon Chris
danyy (0) 2008-03-05 15:27
lieu incontournable, tu nous le montre sous un angle que je n'avais encore jamais vu.
Des lumières un rien trop fortes, surexposant un peu l'arrière plan.
hay_kes (30836) 2008-03-05 22:59
Very interesting picture.Different compo.TFS.
papagolf21 (88997) 2008-03-06 0:28
Bonsoir, mon ami Chris,
Une image emblématique de Xian ! la force de l'image et des personnages reste toujours aussi forte sur le lecteur.
Merci, encore une fois de nous faire partager ces merveilleux endroits.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-03-06 0:59
this palce is famous but i didn't see much picture ot it on TE. Nice presentation. Good light and sharpness
jaywalker (16101) 2008-03-06 2:54
Hi Chris, I have not long been to China & visited the worriers, this excellent photo looks as though it was taken from inside the pit, I am surprised if this was the case, however a really wonderful photo, sharp with great detail &, the perfect low POV, they are a awesome sight &, thanks for bringing back some memories, kind regards Wilson.
Cormac (26563) 2008-03-06 8:05
One of the best shots I've seen of these terracotta warriers. The close in view, the angle, and the two levels combine to allow us to see them as individuals, while at the same time to see their form repeated over and over again, emphasizing their numbers. Great work!
tomi1 (2184) 2008-03-06 14:20
This is a marvellous work of a civilization which existed so long ago. We imagine tough times these brave men had to face in phisical fights. They almost seem natural. Greetings. Domingos
MLINES (12516) 2008-03-07 22:38
Hi Chris, An excellent POV down in the pit with these spectacular clay soldiers. They look very lifelike. A wonderful place to visit by thelook of this fine composition. TFS. Murray.
ysabaner (1069) 2008-03-09 7:25
Very interesting crucifixions, there is many people, excellent. Well done.
Angshu (56430) 2008-03-09 21:04
Having seen so many pictures of these warriors, I was still looking for your shots from this place..this is in fact your 2nd post, if I'not mistaken. Never seen this POV, with the close up approach showing some of the faces very clearly. Good work!
rigoletto (34269) 2008-03-14 11:58
I saw the replicas of only a little part of those soldiers in Vienna, and even that experience was a life long memoir. I cannot imagine the whole of it.
Very nice POV and a great TE share.