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The Great Wall

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 5 November 2018 in Architecture.


Back on board! We have just returned from a three week trip to China. It was very interesting so see a place so different in terms of lifestyle to what we are used to back home. Combined with beautiful nature and plenty of history, they all made the journey highly worthwhile.

Given that we went on an organised tour, landscape photography opportunities were very limited and the weather did not help at times when I had a moment or two to venture out in search of the golden hour. Still there were plenty of street and urban photos to be taken along the way. In a way I was glad to focus on different type of photography. I can say though that I would struggle as a street/documentary photographer. I need to time to study my surroundings and here I was in constant rush to move from one place to another. That in itself was fine but it did not leave much time to make "artistic" decisions.

Climbing the Great Wall near Beijing was one of the highlights. Both in terms of the location itself but also because we arrived there early enough to beat the crowds and it was one of the very few places where we could take our time looking around.

As we made out way to the highest guard tower in this section of the wall, I spotted this composition in front of us. I think it illustrated the different levels on which the wall exists and I also liked the contrast between the bushes and the bright structures that accentuated depth for me in this scene. I tried to emphasise that contrast a little more in post processing through dodging and burning.

As I go through my photos I will try to pick out some more interesting ones. I think my main approach during the trip was to look for scenes that would work well in black and white and that might just be the main theme. I was able to photograph a beautiful waterfall as well as the Shanghai skyline at night so there will be some colour here and there as well.

I am not sure whether I will post photos from China in one sequence or more sporadically but I do hope that you will hang around to check them out and that you will find something interesting along the way :-)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 70 mm

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