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'A Sinuous Serpent', The Great Wall of China, Northern China

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Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.


I took this a few years back when I went and toured Asia with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. We were scheduled to fly into Pyongyang, North Korea the next day and everyone was a bit nervous and not in the mood for sightseeing. I on the other hand, was dying to see the Great Wall of China. So my trusty interpreter, Suzy and I ventured off. She asked me before leaving if I wanted to go to the main area or where 'Bill Clinton likes to go'. I laughed and said Bill Clinton please. Turns out this was a bit of a drive but well worth it as tourists rarely come to this section. As you can see from the photograph the wall was empty and ours for the taking!


I recommend everyone see this once in their life. It's stunning to stand on this gigantic wall that was built hundreds of years ago. Looking out from the high points, the wall never seems to be second to the mountainous terrain, winding up and down with the landscape as far as the eye can see. It's truly humbling.


TIP - I took this photo 2 years ago with a single exposure shot. I did not know what HDR was at this time. I decided to experiment with a single exposure shot last night while brushing up on my post production skills. I took the original image into photoshop and created 3 separate exposures from one. I then took it back into photomatix and created an hdr photo. To my frustration, I found the result to be very processed and lacking the information and tonal accuracy I usually find in a multiple exposure hdr photo. So this shot was done with one exposure and most of the post processing done in OnOne Phototools which worked quite well considering the haziness of this shot. I hope you enjoy.

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Taken on February 23, 2007