China September 1-14, 2012 Day 2

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @105mm, 1/125, f/9, ISO 400, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Day 2 – we ventured off to The Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.  A bit about both – The Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.  Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. More than 2000 years old some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared.  However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions in the world.  The Ming Tombs are not as well-known but offer a tranquil stroll, no crowds and an opportunity to work on your macro or other detail photography.  The Ming Tombs are situated on more than 120 square kilometers and almost 50 kilometers away from Beijing.  They are called Shisanling in Chinese and are the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty.  There are also twenty-three empresses and one of highest-ranking imperial concubines entombed here.  There were sixteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty which ruled China from 1368 to 1644.  All of them except three – Zhu Yuanzhang, Zhu Yunwen and Zhu Qiyu are buried in the cemetery.  The Ming Tombs were listed on the World Heritage List June 03, 2003.  They were listed along with other tombs under the “Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties” designation.  The Ming Tombs are located in a 40 square-kilometer-nearly basin, screened by mountains on three sides.  The grand architectures, complete system and long history make the Ming Tombs a high historical value in China.

The following image is one of the statues that lines the Sacred Way path that passes through a peaceful garden area of the Ming Tombs.

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @55mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

We enjoyed a great day with awesome weather at both locations.  You’ll notice very few people in Mike G’s Great Wall shots.  Why?  Nope, it is NOT awesome Photoshop skills.  Mike G is a purest and will not clone out/in anything that was/was not in the image.  The time of day we visit and the section of the Wall we visit is further away from Beijing than most so it has smaller crowds.  This is one of the many advantages of joining a photo tour – knowing the locations and being able to put guests in the right place at the right time.  Hope you enjoy the images.

This next shot of the Great Wall almost looks 3D.  It was taken to illustrate the sheer scale of the Wall and the beauty of the area.

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @24mm, 1/125, f/9, ISO 400, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Here are a couple of perspective shots from the Great Wall.  There are so many shots you can capture on or of the Wall.  With a little imagination you can come up shots that show both detail and the vast scale of the Wall.

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @96mm, 1/250, f/7.1, ISO 400, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @82mm, 1/80, f/11, ISO 400, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

The next 3 images are all from The Ming Tombs and each represents a virtue and/or an aspect of protection for the souls entombed.

Top image: Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @55mm, 1/1328, f/4, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Middle image: Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @60mm, 1/1328, f/4, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Last image: Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @50mm, 1/1328, f/4, ISO 200, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack, BlackRapid Sport Strap

Here is a little tip – you may notice that a Circular Polarizer was used on the shots for the statues.  Why?  The white marble of the statues reflects a lot of light and would be extremely hot without using one.  Using a polarizer cuts the glare, enhances detail, and adds depth to the images.

Day 2 of the trip was awesome – bathed in sunlight with temperatures in the low 70’s at the Wall made for a most pleasant day.  This is one of the reasons we choose to visit China in early September every year – higher odds of great weather, smaller crowds, and awesome photography.

Hope you enjoy.  Look forward to Day 3 and more images of China.

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