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国家大剧院 by JulienFolcher

After a visit to the forbidden city I decided to go to the national theater to take photos at the end of the blue hour. This has been pretty much a game of hide and seek with the security guards. There is a fence all around the reflection pool edge, making it impossible to get close to get the maximum reflection possible.

There was 2 security guards, one shouting 请出去! (= get out), the other one being more relaxed, even indicating the exact point of the central axis for perfectly symmetrical photos. I basically walked around quickly placing my tripod on the edge and triggering a long exposure while the guards was covering the other side, trying to always stay on his opposite side 😉

The architect is one of my countrymen, Paul Andreu.

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天坛 by JulienFolcher

Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Probably the most beautiful temple in Beijing, maybe China (in my opinion), it was used by the emperor to pray for good harvests during the spring festival.

I went there yesterday end of afternoon, the place was packed with tourists (it’s the national holiday now in China), I’ve never seen that many people here during my previous visits. I had to wait until they almost closed the park to get this shot without the stairs being submerged with people… And even then I stayed still for about 20 minutes just waiting for the moment. I still had to clone-stamp out a few tourists on the top platform…

It is a truly beautiful place, I hope my photograph gives it justice.

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Electric Beijing II by JulienFolcher

My first successful attempt at lightning photography. This a composition I’m very familiar with, it is shot from my apartment window, I shot it countless times, I often use it to try out new gear and techniques and it’s a nice view of Beijing CBD, that’s why I picked this apartment. This allowed me to concentrate only on the technical aspect.

There was several previous failed attempts for this photo. Missed the lightning, blew out the highlights, lightning happening outside of the frame, there is so many ways to fail this.

Last week a big thunderstorm hit the city so I gave another try, not hopping for much given my previous experiments. I guess the experience gathered from the previous attempts was enough to avoid the easy mistakes and get something usable in lightroom. Had my camera sticking out the window on a tripod taped to the balustrade (some home made engineering right here) for something like 20 minutes, taking consecutive 50 sec exposures before the rain got too intense and ruin my not weather sealed camera.

This image is a stack of 3 x 50sec exposures featuring a lightning bolt. I think the fact that I was at f22 protected the highlights while giving me long enough exposure to increase my chances of getting a lightning bolt in the frame. The 3 exposure were stacked in Photoshop using the “maximum” mode.

Hope like it.
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Electric Beijing by JulienFolcher

It’s raining today, so I decided to revisit some old raw files I haven’t developed… I took this as an editing exercise. On the last 3 images I uploaded here (this one included) I am trying to not use the clarity slider in Lightroom , I tend to dislike the “HDR” look it gives to the images more and more, especially the dark or light traces it leaves around the edges.
Here I tried to make up for the clarity with a contrast adjustment layer and very specific dodge and burn.
This is an experiment, so let me know what you think or how you deal with this issue on Lightroom and Photoshop.

Cheers

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Beijing sunset by JulienFolcher

Probably the best looking sunset I have seen in Beijing so far. Skies are particularly clear these days…

This is a composite shot of 3 photos taken at different moments of this epic sunset to get the sunburst, city lights and the movement of the clouds all in one frame.

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A Floating Egg/Submarine/Spaceship between the Sky and the Water by fredinxian

Do you really need a fancy DSLR to take stunning pics? Sometimes the answer is no.
This is another shot with my Canon Powershot G7x. As you can see, as a small portable digital camera, Canon G7x did a wonderful work for producing a clean, vibrant, and stunning picture. It is as powerful as most of APS-C DSLR.
This is a night shot of the National Center for the Performing Arts. It is a landmark building in Beijing for its ultra-modern architectural style. It presents stunning view in a clear windless evening using the deep blue sky as the background and; and its reflection in the still water makes it look like a huge metallic egg or a submarine, or a spaceship floating in the air.
Thanks very much for viewing my pics. Your comments and likes are highly appreciated!

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