Posts Tagged ‘China’

A Little Snow for Betsy

January 3, 2017

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Since we never seem to get enough snow (according to Betsy) here in the Glade, I’m constantly on the lookout for pictures of snow to try to cheer her up.  There’s not a lot of snow in this image which I got way back in 1987 (it’s hard to believe that was 30 years ago!).  I was shooting slide film way back then, so this image is scanned from a slide made at the time.  The picture was shot at Juneau International Airport, where we made a refueling stop on a flight to Hong Kong.  It was taken in June, and I was on my first trip to China.

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The Great Wall of China

October 4, 2016

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When I first saw the Great Wall of China back in 1987 I was almost mesmerized by the way it snaked over the mountains north of Beijing.  The intervening 30 years have not been kind to the slides I took back then, but I’ve been trying to save what I can.  I used software to turn the slide which was the basis for this image into a “photo painting”.  If you look closely you can see the wall snaking along the ridge tops.

Roofs of the Palace Museum

June 30, 2016

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When I went to China for the first time in 1987 I was fascinated by the roof lines of the palaces in the Forbidden City (Palace Museum) in Beijing.  I must have taken hundreds of pictures (slides) on the day we were there.

I scanned the slides a couple of years ago, but some of them had deteriorated so badly that they didn’t result in a very good digital image.  I decided to play around in Photoshop to see what would happen if I tried to give a poor image a ‘vintage’ look.  This is the result, which I rather like.

The Great Wall

May 9, 2014

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I saw the Great Wall of China for the first time in July, 1987.  It was truly amazing to see that giant wall snaking across the ridge line north of Beijing.

This image was created from a slide I made in July, 1987.

Vault of Heaven

January 17, 2014

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The Imperial Vault of Heaven sits in Beijing’s Temple of Heaven.  The Vault of Heaven was built in 1530 and housed tablets used in the Ceremony of Worshipping Heaven.

This image was scanned from a slide taken in 1990.

Looking Toward Beijing

September 20, 2013

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When I first visited China in 1987 I was shooting slides.  And although I have scanned slides, the results aren’t always satisfactory.  But after doing some experimenting,  I thought this view of Badaling Pass looking toward Beijing, taken from the Badaling Gate of the Great Wall, looked pretty good as a ‘vintage’ black and white image.

The Great Wall

January 10, 2013

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I’ve been fortunate enough to work in China on four different occasions, and on each I was able to visit a section of the Great Wall.  It is truly an amazing sight, but it is hard to capture that marvelous structure in a photograph.

I think the image above does a pretty good job of conveying the age and mystery of the Great Wall.  It is based on a photo I took at BaDaLing on my first visit to the wall in 1987.

The picture on which this image was based was scanned from a slide and iis shown below.

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The Great Wall

January 30, 2012

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I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Great Wall of China four different times.  Unfortunately all four times were before the advent of digital photography, so all of my pictures were either prints or slides.  Slides don’t always scan well, but I was able to create this water color from a scanned slide made in 1990.  This is a watch tower on the Great Wall at Badaling near Beijing.

Inside the Forbidden City

September 7, 2011

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I captured this scene of the Inner Court wall and roofs while visiting the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing way back in 1990.  There were quite a few tourists in the museum that day, but I think the monochrome picture captures the mystery and age of the Forbidden City.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.