Brian Chen  

Untitled by Brian Chen

November 2023 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

Shot last month with Sony A7R4, at 70 mm (Tamron 70-180 lens), 1/80s, f71. and ISO 100.

location: The Longji Rice Terraces (Longji = Dragon's Backbone), are located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) from Guilin, China. The name resembles a dragon's scales, while the summit of the mountain range looks like the backbone of the dragon. The terraced fields were mostly built about 650 years ago, and are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, 600-800 meters (2000-2600 ft) above sea level.

This photo is one tiny section of the rice fields.

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10 comments posted

Robbin Haigler   Robbin Haigler
What a stunning scene with so much depth: the movement of the rice fields really holds my attention: the colors are rich. The only thing I find a bit destracting is the distance/haze at the top of the photo - I think cropping to the top of the tree line improves the overall richness of the photo for me.   Posted: 11/09/2023 10:30:31
Brian Chen   Brian Chen
thanks Robbin. cropping the top portion is a good idea. also, welcome to our group:)   Posted: 11/25/2023 10:28:14

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Lovely scene. I agree with Robbin about the crop. I also think some targeted dodging and burning will add some subtle dimensionality to the image. Thoughts?   Posted: 11/17/2023 12:50:53
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Brian Chen   Brian Chen
this is well done. thanks tom.   Posted: 11/26/2023 05:13:12

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Brian, This is a wow of movement, lines and curves, a visual delight. No further suggestion other than those of Robbin and Tom.   Posted: 11/17/2023 13:15:52
Brian Chen   Brian Chen
Thanks Rusty.   Posted: 11/26/2023 05:14:52

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Such a stunning scene ...I'm overwhelmed. And yes, the background landscape is an alternative reality but this contrasting more naturalistic element even enhances the experience for me.   Posted: 11/17/2023 13:34:22
Brian Chen   Brian Chen
Thanks Arabella.   Posted: 11/26/2023 05:15:46

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
The composition is just right for me. I think the distant green area does give a sense of place. Instead of cropping might not darkening the background (maybe 1 stop) accomplish emphasizing the terraces   Posted: 11/26/2023 16:18:10

Miriam Power   Miriam Power
Love the lines & curves in this. Have mixed feelings about cropping the trees. Yes it enhances the layers in the hills but takes away the context. Great image though   Posted: 11/27/2023 03:38:44