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An Emperor’s view by JulienFolcher

Went back to Jingshan park yesterday, it offers the best view you can get on the Forbidden City. The sky didn’t have any clouds so I waited after the sunset to be able to get a star trail shot above the palace. There’s not a lot of stars due to light pollution from the city, but it’s still enough to get an interesting sky.
This is a composite of one sunset image, one blue hour image and 130 night pictures for the stars, all blended in photoshop. Hope you like it!

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無言獨上西樓 by JulienFolcher

Today I finally decided to wake up early and go watch the sunrise from the North West corner of the forbidden city.

This tower is said to be the only element of the palace that doesn’t respond to the Heaven / Earth symbolic dichotomy. As the architect was running out of time to design those tower and facing death penalty for the delay, he decided to spend his remaining time designing a new cage for his grasshopper pet. The emperor mistaken the cage design for the tower and liked it…

This is one of the “classic shots” of Beijing.

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