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Forbidden City from Jingshan Park | by etherflyer
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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

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Taken on July 23, 2012