Forbidden City from Jingshan Park
It turned out to be a beautiful morning, so after an unfortunately late start I headed to the Forbidden City. Rather than wait for the gates to open, I walked to Jingshan Park to see the view — and rather wished I'd come here first!
Dodging the pensioners doing their morning exercises (frequently in the best viewpoints, while ignoring the views), I decided to be Chinese and just pushed in to get what I wanted; in this case, a view of the Forbidden City under blue skies. You can already see the clouds beginning to return, but for a while at least I had what I wanted!
This High Dynamic Range panorama was stitched from 33 bracketed photographs with PTGUI Pro, tone-mapped with Photomatix, and touched up in Aperture. I decided to level the nearer wall of the Forbidden City, rather than the horizon, and I'm rather pleased with the effect.
Original size: 14410 × 9602 (138.4 MP; 180.49 MB).
Location: Jingshan Park, Beijing, China