Nan Jiang  

Forbidden  City by Nan Jiang

January 2022 - Forbidden City

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Leica SL2-S, 24mm@SL 24-70/2.8, F5.6, 1/50 second, ISO160

We invited a model dressed in Han-style Chinese costume to shoot a set of portrait picture in the Forbidden City. When I stepped out the city wall, I got this turret picture by the way.

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6 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks for showing an image of a place I have never seen. The best part of the image is the early morning glow on the trees and the tower. The gold against the blue background is striking. My first thought when seeing this is the use of a polarizer would have made a great deal of difference on the water by removing all the glare. I strong encourage the use of this filter every time there is water or ie and snow in the scene. My second thought is about general composition. It is usually best not to place the horizon line in the center of the image. You should thing about the vertical rule of thirds. 2/3 water 1/3 sky or in reverse 2/3 sky and 1/3 water making which ever is more pleasing into the larger area. In this case neither sky nor water are particularly nice so I would suggest using a more panoramic style as shown in the accompanying image.   Posted: 01/08/2022 12:06:52
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Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the symmetry in the picture. It is all right to place the horizon line in the middle if it serves a purpose, but in this case I have to agree with Larry that cropping the sea is better. I also think that lighting up the lower building would make the image more interesting.   Posted: 01/09/2022 15:45:15

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Larry has made most of the points I would make including making the image a pano. The color palette does work well. My only other suggestion is slightly lightening the shadows of the wall and perhaps using the HSL red luminosity and saturation slider to highlight the structure at the point.   Posted: 01/10/2022 19:06:25

Richard White   Richard White
I missed this section of the Forbidden City when I was there. I like the photo, but agree that a Pano makes a better presentation. I also agree with Arne that you need to lighten the buiding in front of the wall.   Posted: 01/12/2022 16:40:38

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
That's a fascinating view of the Forbidden City, and one I have never seen. I like the others comments, particularly Larry's about making it a panorama. I also noticed some of the sky is a little blow out, so you might want to darken it a bit and see if you can restore some of the detail to it.   Posted: 01/12/2022 23:51:49

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Beautiful location! I think most of the points have already been made. A pano would definitely make this image more interesting and powerful.   Posted: 01/20/2022 18:38:49


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