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Nikon D3

Capture Date/Time:April 6, 2009; 13:35
Aperture/Shutter Speed: f/8; varied
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO: 200
Flash: none

I am in Beijing this week! The weather is beautiful here, and--having seen many of the main tourist sites last year--I decided to take more of a walking tour of more unconventional places. This wasn't exactly unconventional, but it was something I've always wanted to see. This was taken in a house in the old Beijing Hutongs, or old neighborhoods. There were many thousands of homes like this decades ago, but to allow for expansion and modernization of the city, many of these areas were razed in recent years. This is a courtyard in a home that is in the traditional siheyuan configuration. There is an elaborate garden and a few birds in cages. (One of the birds could say "Ni Hao!") The woman who lived here invited me in and talked about a bit of the history of this house. This image is an HDR, with an adjusted curve profile.


04.06.09, 08:00 PM, Mrs. MikesRightBrain:

Very cool! Was she impressed with your Chinese?

04.07.09, 11:12 AM, Bruce Marcus:

I wondered if this was in Wrigleyville - I guess not!

04.09.09, 06:29 PM, pieter:

probably nice and shady in the summer

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