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Shawl of Ocean Pearls | by ML_Duong
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Shawl of Ocean Pearls

Here's my German friend inquiring about one of the clubs of Peking University (北京大学) during recruiting day. Not sure which club the blue-clothed guy is in though, the newspaper club perhaps? Anyway, I just snapped a quick shot of over the club guy's shoulder, not realizing what effect his glittering shawl would have on the image. I took three shots actually, one with normal exposure and the rest with two stops difference. I chose the most overexposed one to develop because the light tones of her hair, skin and clothes contribute to a sort-of celestial aura that I found striking. I only realized later that the blue guy's shawl had large noticeable circles of confusion that were absent on the less exposed shots. This fact alone made this image my favorite out of the digital reel I shot at this event. The disks of light are usually associated with the background, but they can do perfectly well at the foreground too. I guess all you need is a glittery garment and a bright day.


Also, I need to get a shawl as well. It's still cold in Beijing!

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Taken on March 7, 2011