Door to a vanished world…
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests seen through the gates of the Imperial Hall of Heaven.
It took me almost ten minutes to take this picture. Every time someone left the shot, someone else walked in. One chap even stepped in front of me and told me to get out of the way so he could take a picture! I finally settled for someone just at the top of the stairs, as being the least crowded I was likely to get.
This is an HDR composite created with Photomatix, using the tone contrast setting. I like it better than the detail-enhancing version of this shot, as it has more depth. Unfortunately the trade-off for that seems to be a washed-out sky.
Location: Temple of Heaven (Tiān Tán, 天坛), Beijing (Běijīng Shì (北京市), People’s Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó, 中华人民共和国)