Tag Archives: Beijing

Pathway to Heaven by tchebotarev

I was lucky to visit Temple of Heaven early morning with lesser crowd of tourists. To capture the essence of crowds, I used 10 stopper ND filter to get long exposure, making the crowd into ephemeral ghosts.

From Wikipedia: The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

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Way of Ghosts by tchebotarev

I was lucky to visit Temple of Heaven early morning with lesser crowd of tourists. To capture the essence of crowds, I used 10 stopper ND filter to get long exposure, making the crowd into ephemeral ghosts.

From Wikipedia: The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

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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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Night in Beijing by tchebotarev

Beijing has been good to me. Blue skies, perfect weather, lots of tourists (to make it feel like I’m, you know, in China), and celebration of China’s birthday. Had a great experience seeing the sunset in financial district with all the amazing architecture around us. Thank you my friends!

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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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The Giant Egg and The Full Moon by mihailefter

The National Performing Arts Center in Beijing (formerly known as the Beijing National Grand Theater) at sunset, during the evening of the 2015 Full Moon Festival, China.

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Wangjing SOHO by mouseone1984

Wangjing SOHO, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, covers an area of 115,392 square meters with a total construction area of 521,265 square meters, and is comprised of three high-rise mixed-use office and commercial buildings, and three low-rise commercial buildings, the tallest tower having a height of 200 meters. Upon completion of construction in 2014, Wangjing SOHO will be the first tall landmark architecture visible en route from the airport into the city, as “the capital’s first impressive landmark.”

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