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Western China Temple by Stephen Levitas

January 2022 - Western China Temple

About the Image(s)

We have made a few trips to China over the years, noting the explosive development in the cities. Whereas there used to be mostly bicycles on the urban streets, now there are mostly cars. On this particular college tour (the community college where my wife taught Philosophy), we were originally scheduled to tour to the west to visit Tibet. But political problems arose and the tour company changed us to visit the Gobi Desert area, also in western China, but north of the Tibetan plateau. We were sorry not to visit Tibet, but the alternative was also high on our list of places to see, as there were famous Buddhist caves there at Dunhuang. This desert view shows a temple at the edge of sand dunes.
I converted to monochrome using my PS Elements preset “Infrared Effect.” This is pretty much as it came out of the camera. I noticed that I stood a bit to the right and had left a tiny bit extra space on the left side of the frame. Do you think that was a good idea or not?


8 comments posted




Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Good record shot and the conversion works well. It is bright and contrasty but showing details in the dark areas. I would make it the same distance on each side because here it just looks as if you didn't get it quite right. How annoying to be sent somewhere other than Tibet when you'd booked.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:34:26



Wes Odell   Wes Odell
This is one where I believe a lighter sky would be nice, giving it more contrast, while not just darkening the building.
Maybe you have some cloudy skies you could insert?   Posted: 01/08/2022 17:03:11
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Wes and Tom,
Thanks for your comments. This shot in the Gobi Desert is against a cloudless sky, as one might expect from the Gobi. And that line in the sky is a huge sand dune. I don't know what to do about the sky or dune without being untrue to the actual situation. Any suggestions?   Posted: 01/09/2022 13:38:16



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I like the composition. I like that you did not take it centered, as to me that adds interest. The railings bring you right into the temple. Your contrast is good. The sky is okay, but the lines in the sky to me are a distraction, and you should try to eliminate or reduce them.   Posted: 01/09/2022 12:26:34
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Wes and Tom,
Thanks for your comments. This shot in the Gobi Desert is against a cloudless sky, as one might expect from the Gobi. And that line in the sky is a huge sand dune. I don't know what to do about the sky or dune without being untrue to the actual situation. Any suggestions?   Posted: 01/09/2022 13:38:24
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A blah sky in black and white an grey is a difficult challenge. Lots of ideas if in color. I guess it's just as it is...... it needs something, but I'm at a loss.
  Posted: 01/09/2022 14:14:54



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I don't mind the image being off the right a bit as I think it balances the the shadows on the left on the walkway. As for the line in the sky, it's amazing to me that it's a sand dune. The only thing I would suggest is perhaps making the delineation between the sky and dune more pronounced.   Posted: 01/11/2022 05:58:11
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Lynne, good idea. How is this?   Posted: 01/15/2022 21:28:43
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