Lisa Cirincione  

 "Great Wall”, Beijing, China 2008 by Lisa Cirincione

June 2020 - "Great Wall”, Beijing, China 2008

June 2020 - Lisa Cirincione


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I love the 3 little lions on the wall and that you can see the wall climbing through the trees in the distance. Always been a favorite photo of mine, but not sure if it works for others. I’d like to enter it in Photo Travel exhibitions.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
1/125 sec at f/6.3, 100mm, ISO 100

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7 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I like the close-up of the little lions while we can still see the wall in the distance. The composition works well for me. Because you've increased the saturation, the red, orange, and blue of people's clothing really stands out, maybe too much. For a travel photo shot, I wonder if judges would prefer a higher aperture, so that the Great Wall was more in focus.   Posted: 06/07/2020 15:51:31

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Lisa,

China is a beautiful travel destination. The countryside has a spectacular view. The Great Wall, I have read, is more than 2,300 years old!

I am hopeful that you took lots of photographs from this location, both with a wide aperture and narrow aperture, so to have one with the wall in sharp focus for your travel competition.

The sample image I have attached I ran through Topaz denoise, sharpen, and added an Orton effect to it just for fun. It's just a suggestion.

The definition for PSA Travel says the image has to express the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. With that said, my suggestion shows less saturation. The definition also says, close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location. So with that, you have the wall. For me, I would want the wall in focus because it is the "Great Wall" of China, and because of its age, over the sharp focus on the little lions for a competition. But that is my subjective opinion. You will probably find judges with both opinions. In the end, it will come down to what your competition submits. I would lean towards the wall in focus.

In my image, I did not emphasize the color of the people on the wall because they are out of focus, and to saturate their colors would draw your eye to something blurry.

If you have entered travel competitions before, I would love to hear your thoughts on this idea.

Best regards,

  Posted: 06/10/2020 12:51:50
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Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I liked the original. If you only darkened and sharpen the three figures and leave the rest of the photo as is, I think it would be more effective.   Posted: 06/16/2020 10:08:26
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

What do you think about the color saturation of the people in the background? Do you think raising the saturation on them as Lisa did helps the image in any way?

Could you explain your vision on why you say to darken the stone lions as opposed to darkening the background if the lions were the subject?

I am just lookings for ways to keep this discussion going. It is with brainstorming that we can find new ways and ideas to enhance photographs.

Have a great day, my friends!

  Posted: 06/23/2020 06:32:58

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
For this image, the three statues are very sharp but the Great Wall is not recognizable from the angle you shot because it lacks of its typical long and winding roads. I'd prefer to include a bit more of the roof (at the bottom of the image) where the 3 little lions are.   Posted: 06/23/2020 09:51:40

Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
I agree with Kieu-Hanh Vu. I would like to see a bit more of the roof at the bottom of the image where the 3 lions are. And the saturation is a little too much for me, I would pull back just a tad.   Posted: 06/24/2020 09:45:40

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thanks everyone! I was very fortunate to get to the Great Wall twice during my trip. I have all the standard views of the sweeping wall thru the land. But being there and seeing how close it all really is, I liked this version where the "sweeping" view wasn't the focus. But the intricate detail that is all along the wall was the focus in this view. I agree the saturation is too much, I'll tone that down if I enter it. Thanks everyone!   Posted: 06/30/2020 18:34:28