The Forbidden City

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    Behind the scenes video!

    This is the forbidden city in Beijing and was our first proper photoshoot in China. Greg and myself had flown in from Dubai the day before and were then taken out on the town by my lovely friend Leah. (Thanks!) It was so much fun, we stayed out until the small hours of the morning. Sadly, this is a ridiculously stupid idea when you need to get up an hour before sunrise. After a minuscule amount of sleep, we left our hutong and walked about 20 minutes to The Forbidden City, one of the best places to visit when in Beijing.

    We spent a couple of hours shooting around here, hoping the sun would do something exciting. Sadly it didn't, but the sky had enough texture and cloud to make it interesting. That, plus the blue hour colours gave the scene a mystical feel which helped give character to this ancient part of the capital.

    If you want to see how awful I look and sound after very little sleep, feel free to watch the behind the scenes video of this sunrise shoot:


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    Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/18 / 21mm / HDR

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    1. гèáĺįśŧǻ 22 months ago | reply

      `A snapshot is very beautiful

    2. .... belargcastel .... 22 months ago | reply

      Great color and reflection!

    3. PJ* 22 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot!

    4. Rob-tography 22 months ago | reply

      Fab. Love the symmetry. Did you spot any squatting tigers or dragons playing hide & seek?

    5. Keen Observer9 22 months ago | reply

      Interesting, nice work!

    6. kat's_pics 22 months ago | reply

      Beautiful!! I love the framing and reflection :)

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    7. Geekstalt 22 months ago | reply

      Love the composition and the use of lines and perspective in this shot. And the blue tone o f the overall shot. Another instant fave!

    8. Olympe B. 22 months ago | reply

      Perfect angle and treatment!!great shot again!!

    9. Vick Sahota 22 months ago | reply

      Wow what an awesome pic love the composition and that reflection!

    10. rianti ape 22 months ago | reply

      like dream land,gorgeous

    11. amythyst_lake 22 months ago | reply

      Breathtakingly beautiful - it seems to be floating on air. I wouldn't change a thing about the sky!

    12. ViktorChenovsky 22 months ago | reply

      Nice! I just took the exactly same shot a few days ago!

    13. madarchie0 - +500k views - thanks 21 months ago | reply

      Terrific comp and tone Conor!!

    14. 小米来了 17 months ago | reply


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    16. TLM262 10 months ago | reply

      Well Done

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