China: Beijing & The Great Wall of China

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Zee, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Finally sorted and edited from January this year. It was cold, but always sunny, and my only regret was the lack of snow - though it was cold enough. Most of these are taken around the Forbidden City, the art district in Beijing (798 Art Zone), and the Great Wall.

    According to the locals I spoke to, there should have been some snow around, especially at the Great Wall. Oh well...

    Gear used (as Flickr seems to delete exif data these days):
    E-M1, Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye, M. Zuiko 75 F1.8, M.Zuiko 12-40 F2.8
    Enjoy! C&C welcome.

    In random order:

    [​IMG]China2015 (1 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (2 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (3 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (4 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (5 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (6 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    7 NSFW - I couldn't help myself with this one
    [​IMG]China2015 (8 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (9 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (10 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (11 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (12 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (13 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (14 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (15 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (16 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (17 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (18 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    [​IMG]China2015 (19 of 19) by Zee Malota, on Flickr

    I forgot to process the food stuff, anyway, another time...

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2015
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  2. joma416

    joma416 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2014
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    I'm glad you posted these. I know you've said that #12 is your favorite and it's hard for me to disagree, but I think #11 is awesome. You have certainly done better with the 7.5 fisheye than I have, I will have to use your inspiration to do better with it. I think the final pic is a great example of this. There is definitely a fisheye effect, but it doesn't take away from the image at all.
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  3. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thanks for the kind words! I am partial to 12 due to the message. I travel a lot, and it rings true, though I am also conflicted, as someone effectively defaced one of the greatest structures in the history of humanity.

    #11 was quite amusing, she turned to ask me if I wanted them to get out of the way - and I thanked them for being there!

    The Fisheye is fun, but there are a lot of misses with it too. I'm still learning, and now that I have the Oly F1.8, I have extra learning to do with the larger aperture. I've been dragging it everywhere, taking random shots in cafes, of my lego, random cars on the street, just to try and mess around and see what does and doesn't work. It's a lot of fun! I learned a lot from the Samyang, and am very glad I bought it!

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  4. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 26, 2015
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    #11 and #12 are amazing. That was my initial reaction before reading any comments. Nice set.
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  5. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    Thanks for sharing Zee. I like them all, but 11 is pretty much perfect.
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Outstanding series!
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  7. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 28, 2013
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    Love the shot of the couple on the wall. Nice series.
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  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
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    11&12 are a toss up for me. I really like the "well-loved" sidecar in #5.
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  9. metalmania

    metalmania Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 19, 2012
    Hey I expected to see lots of people on the Great Wall :2thumbs:
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  10. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    #5 is my current wallpaper.

    My reason for picking 12 as my favourite, is because I used the fisheye, and it came out exactly as I envisioned it. I'm still new to that lens, and am very much a "tele" shooter. I like #11, don't get me wrong, but it's a "run of the mill" 75 F1.8 shot, it's the sort of thing I normally look for. I bought the Samyang for cheap thrills, and loved it so much I've ended up buying the Oly 8mm F1.8 Pro - so I can take it scuba diving.

    The fisheye is fun!
    That bit was easy. Go in winter, go alone, go late, and walk far. There were plenty of people, but they tend to get lazy and did not really go beyond a certain point. You actually want to be a bit fit (which, fortunately, I am), as the stairs can be quite intense!

  11. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
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    11 & 13 for me...nice set
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  12. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
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    I went to Badaling (the oldest public site near Beijing) last September; the top (from the cable car ride) was extremely crowded... much more so than when I visited Badaling in 1998.

    a. it's probably much less crowded in winter (when the pics above were taken); Beijing is miserably cold & windy Dec-Feb.

    b. there are a lot of new sites open on the way to Badaling; my friends went in July (last month) and found some mostly vacant areas.

    c. there are other sites in other provinces. might be worth it for the reduced pollution, but they could be a long ways from other attractions.

    d. at Badaling, the side without the cable car looked less crowded last September but I did not go up this time (that's the part I went up in 1998).

    Between the crowds and the severe pollution, my pics from last September are merely snapshot-worthy, although I haven't tried contrast/haze enhancements yet.

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  13. dermaus

    dermaus Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 28, 2012
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    All great shots. Singing to the choir, it seems, but number 11 is an amazing capture.
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  14. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 16, 2012
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    I agree. #12 is a wonderful shot, but I can't get past my hatred of graffiti.

    #11 is the clear winner to me. The way the woman's face is turned is perfect.

    Do you remember the name of that section of the Great Wall? I climbed it there on a warm day in May about 5 years ago. I was not fit, and the experience was -- memorable.
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  15. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I can't remember the name (apart from Badaling), but I do remember where it is.,116.0164724,421m/data=!3m1!1e3

    If you look at that map, and find North Building B, then work your way left (East) to the wall, that is roughly the section. If you follow the wall up (North),you will see a very sharp corner, like an upside down V - that is pretty much where the crowd stopped.

    The side without the cable car was, indeed, empty. Apart from the couple in the photo, and maybe 3 or 4 other people. The cable car side did have a fair few people, but I wouldn't call it crowded. I'll process one of the pics from that side and post it up for reference.

    As for pollution, it was actually very clear my first day in Beijing, no haze at all, I was quite surprised. Not so lucky the days after, though. Having said that, I try and use the haze, it does bring out interesting sunset colours.

    I'll certainly be looking to go to a "less touristy" section next time. I don't usually mind being away far from other attractions - I can only do one thing at a time anyway. So long as there is food...

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  16. sriracha

    sriracha ballistic photons

    Jan 22, 2011
    these are wonderful pictures. super impressed that you were able to adapt the 75mm to such a wide variety of scenarios
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