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Nikon D3

Capture Date/Time:December 30, 2007 14:350
Aperture/Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec, f7.1
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO: 200
Flash: None

Today we toured the Forbidden City, the Lama Temples, and the Temple of Heaven. The sheer vastness of scale of these places is impossible to convey in photographs, and at the same time the amount of detail in the architecture is impossible to convey without completely losing any sense of scale. And it is not only a sense of height... it is a sense of width that you feel a need to capture. These spaces are colossal and I have never seen anything like them. Beijing is not a tall city... it is a wide one.

So, suffice it to say we did a lot of walking today in the bitter cold. Luckily it was not too crowded. This is the Hall of Prayer at the Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan Gonguan, in the southern part of Beijing. The building was built in 1420 and for centuries was the tallest structure in China. Inside, the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to Heaven, prayed for rain and a good harvest every year.


12.30.07, 04:02 PM, Hadassah Intisar:

Oh so totally true, about the detail and scale. The detail there is incredible. I think you did a good job of capturing it tho, very nice shot.

12.30.07, 07:24 PM, Amanda:

So gorgeous! Hope you have a safe and meaningful trip! Happy New Year!

12.31.07, 01:29 AM, Navin Harish:

This is a super shot. The framing, the angle, the sky and teh colours. Everything is perfect. Happy New Year

12.31.07, 11:10 AM, Ashish Sidapara:

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy 2008!

01.10.08, 12:59 AM, Konstantinos Roumeliotis:

Lovely; great colours, too.

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