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The Sacred Way

The Sacred Way
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Copyright: Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3111 W: 140 N: 3130] (16105)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-08
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 60D DIGITAL, Tamron 28-300mm XR LD IF 1:3.5-6.3 Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favorite photos on my sight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-04 3:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 176
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is photo of the Sacred Way near the Ming Tombs. It begins at a stone archway, passes the Great Red Gate leading to the enbuilt for changling alone- it is was later flanked with stone statues of civil and military officials along with animals. These are well preserved valuable artifacts. This is looking back up towards the gate, where the path is lined with willow trees, however, unfortunetly the gate is just out of sight. You can see some of the animals either side.

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-04 4:03]

Hi Wilson!
A good perspectiveshot with nice soft colors.Its like a mirror with the V of the sky and this road.Great POV and nice non symetry.
Greetings from Laos,

Hello Wilson,
What a splendid perspective down this Sacred Way, that seems to disappear into infinity. The depth is heightened by the magnificent willow trees and the statues. Excellent natural colours and very good clarity.

Hi Wilson,
Very nice picture and very nice perspective, good light and colours...!
Beautiful place for the good shot..!
Best regards,
Have a nice day,

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  • Tayon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 750 W: 301 N: 367] (1995)
  • [2007-12-04 4:41]

Hi Wilson
very good compsoition and a fantastic place.

Nice colors and great light that improve same details very well.
the cloudy sky was stunning..
great work.

Hi Wilson
This is just like in Europe ...this style remaind me on some pic from Paris.
Great architecture

Hello Wilson,
remote and very interesting Image. Framing has the advantage of clearly emphasizing the great number of the statues. Good exposure and colors. Cheer.
Have a nice day.

Hi Wilson,
great depth, a never ending capture. The small belt of sky in the green looks a bit strange, but pleasant. Strong composition in good sharpness.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Good composition Wilson. The lined weeping willows and statues complemented the converging perspective of the path. The sky was on your side too. Well done.

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  • robob Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 59 N: 762] (3648)
  • [2007-12-04 7:59]

Hello Wilson,
Quelle magnifique allée bordée de ces magnifiques arbres et statues,
Une perspective absolument superbe !
Bravo !
Amicalement et à bientôt,

Hello Wilson!
Strange and interesting alley!
Nice colours and good light!
The pererspective is good, too!
Well done!
Best regards!

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  • Gustaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2500 W: 722 N: 202] (21670)
  • [2007-12-04 9:06]

Hi, my friend!
It is very interesting next your photo from China. I like your long perspective. I like your warm colours and light. Interesting place. Well done.

Hi, Wilson,
what a cool shot! I LOVE the incredible depth you've gotten with the POV you chose. Beautifully balanced, nice soft colors and really good detail. This is terrific! Many thanks and warm regards,

Amazing depth in this image.
You played perfectly with the perspective,a nd colors are natural, nice job.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15450 W: 159 N: 27003] (141836)
  • [2007-12-04 9:59]

Hi Wilson,
Trés joli ce chemin border des deux côtés de statues et d'arbres vert, belle perspective et couleurs, compliment
Good evening for you

Hello Wilson
Une perspective étonnante sur ce chemin et une très bonne DOF bien gérée. De belles couleurs pour une photo très agréable.
Bon travail!!

Hi Wilson!

Amazing place very well captured. What a perspective! What a harmony! Branches looks like a green curtains. Very impressive picture!


Ola Wilson ,
Que bela simetria , fantastico este corredor tem um chão fantastico bem limpo , gostei muito do ceu , boa profundidade de foto , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

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  • gary91 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 334 N: 3131] (15348)
  • [2007-12-04 21:56]

Hello Wilson,
A very nice view of this spectacular alley.
The composition is good for enhancing the perspective and the eye goes immediately far into the image.
A really great place I never heard about before, thanks for bringing us this outstanding place.
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Christian

hello Wilson
there is a great and impressive perspective on this alley!The POV is perfect to give this impression of depht!The 2 lines of willows give a nice contast with the grey of the sky and the ground!I like very much these soft colours!Really well done!
Have a nice day.

Hi wilson. I really crave for such shots of lonely path amidst the green. Really nice. The clean road dotted with green willows converging came off beautifully. Regards.

Hi Wilson,
Fascinating place, indeed, the composition and the perspective is very spectacular. Colours and lights are beautiful, atmosphere is calm and harmonious. Very well done! Have a nice day

Very well depth and nice perspective, I like the colour.
Best wishes,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2007-12-05 8:55]


quelle perspective, mangigique, cette allée est de toute beauté, avec ces lions, ces saules et ce beau pavage, tout va très bien semble, superbe.

Bravo et amitiés


Impressive scene, excellent DOF and persective. I like the beautiful garden with those statues and the melancholic willows...

Very nice perspective and I like the willows and statues on both sides. With a little more light and colors, I would have like it even more.

All the best,


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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-05 14:31]

Bonjour Wilson,
un endroit qui se prête bien au cadrage que tu as réalisé avec ce POV qui donne cette perspective de fuite et l'impression d'un chemin qui ne finit jamais.
De belles lumières un Post Processing qui embellit bien le ciel.
Best regards.

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2007-12-05 16:12]

Hi Wilson,
excellent POV and composition, just outcentering the perspective point. All those weeping willows.
Groeten Gerrit

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-12-05 23:23]

Hi Wilson,
good shot, fine perspective and symetric composition. Interesting place. I like it a lot. Good work.
Gr., Aleksander

- Wonderful composition with this excellent double perspective the lions and the weeping willows I like the soft color and the nice cloudy sky, in any case, bravo!

Hi Wilson,
The lines and symmetry of this photo are just superb. Sharp image and good color saturation. Wonderfully captured and composed. Excellent work! tfs

Helo Wilson,
A very nice splendid alley bordered of these splendid trees and statues, an absolutely superb compo.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-12-06 3:09]

Hi Wilson,
I like the texture and graphism of these trees... A good perspective and sense of depth too. Fine framing with the collumns on both sides balancing the compo nicely.

Hi, Wilson. The perpspective is very good here with the willows lining the way on both sides. The contrast with the sky works well and the people in the distance help us to scale the picture.

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  • prumod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1085 W: 148 N: 296] (8300)
  • [2007-12-06 10:11]

hi wilson...
it's a nice shot with beautiful greenery.... and sky... i love the way you vanished the road....

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2007-12-06 19:20]

Hello Wilson,
Wonderful depth to this lovely image with the lush green willows and steely gray lions framing this beautiful stone avenue going to the far distant mountain. Excellent colors and wondrfully sharp details to this beautiful composition.
Regards, Tom

Hello Wilson,

This is a grand view. Your small aperture really brings it to life. Clouds look great and the green trees are very well lit. I like your choice of pov.

By the way, I was watching a TV show that had a picture just like the one you took of the building with all the colorful flowers in front.

Have a great day,


Hi Wilson, this is a superb shot and I like the low, long perspective. It is a beautiful place to visit, you captured it well. How did you get a shot without tourists? Regards, Jean

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
  • [2007-12-07 4:51]

Hello Wilson,

You show us a image from the new world, at least according to the newspapers.
great perspective and very nice depth, the way is almost infinite far.
Very well done, thanks for sharing.

Have a nice weekend,

Hi Wilson, fantastic composition with splendid perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Wilson
Ici une symétrie justifiée pour la photo de l'entrée de ce lieu avec ses colonnes et ses statues.L'image est bien paramétrée à tous les niveaux.Une composition soignée.
Bonne journée.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13704 W: 295 N: 27294] (109611)
  • [2007-12-07 11:19]

Hello Wilson,
very very nice the Sacred Way with the statues of the lions i think, and the path with the lines of willow trees.Excellent the perspective and the POV that you have choose to present us this beautiful place.Informative your note too.


Hello Wilson
I love the perspective along these beautiful willow trees with the alley separating them nicely and giving a good sense of depth. Nice symmetry good DOF and colors well rendered.
Have a nice day

Hi Wilson
Great perspective along the way. Excellent symmetry, lovely colours of this interesting place.

Hello Wlison,
Nice perspective of the Sacred Way, I like the symetrical monuments too, well seen and done.

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1745 W: 292 N: 2671] (10163)
  • [2007-12-08 3:56]

Hi Wilson,

Superb shot.
Neat, and lovely.
Reflections of culture...


jean paul

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-12-08 4:40]

Hi Wilson,

ou make us benefit from quite beautiful photograph of your tour in China. Still a marvellous photograph and interesting. This stone alley gets a beautiful prospect and the trees give a beautiful contrast. Superb photograph Wilson, cheer.

With all my friendships and a good WE,


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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2007-12-08 5:26]

Hi Wilson,

A wonderful composition. I really like the lines here. Excellent POV, sharpness and colours. Have a nice weekend!



Bonsoir Wilson,
Sacré décor que tu as su parfaitement centrer. Le POV apporte une grande perspective. Cette vue permet d'apprécier la propreté et l'entretien de l'endroit.
Bien vu !

Hello Wilson,
This is an amazing place, what catches my eyes are the fine trees framing the avenue!
A fine symmetrical composition with a strong feeling of depth...
Pablo -

Hello Wilson,

I remember this site well, from a bus trip out to Badelung pass to see the wall. By choosing to present a symmetric, one-point perspective, you've created an endless image, of the lines of perspective converging at a vanishing point. Very good image, with excellent exposure.

Warm regards,

Hi Wilson,
What a superb perspective vith good colours.Nice symmetry.TFS.


Hi Wilson,
Well taken this perspective with a good depth, well framed, good result.

Bonsoir Wilson,
Quel endroit magnifique et impressionnant,tu as su garder cette impression de sans fin.
Beau travail.
A+ Joseph

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2801 W: 157 N: 4803] (19762)
  • [2007-12-12 17:27]

Beautiful post card, Wilson! I like the symmetry on the perspective, creating excellent DOF. The colours are very nice.

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2007-12-13 0:55]

Hi Wilson,
excellent POV and perspective,well framed and composed,

Excellent use of perspective and symmetry on this one Wilson. It's almost like a big X with the tops of the willows and the lines on the path. Well done

Hi Wilson,
Beautifully composed with nice symmetry and colors, Wow, this is beautiful.
Best regards. Salvator.

I think it's needless to say anything here. It's perfect as it is. I just mark it as my favourite!

Hi, Wilson.
Really impressive image, the POV is really good. The soft light and the superb clouds make this photo a classical one.

Hello Wilson,
A very pleasing symmetry of the Sacred Way. The boosted colors are to my taste along with the exposure. The trees with the dangling foliage and branches and the balanced statues are attractive. Best regards, Danilo

Hi Wilson,

A good POV of the Sacred Way, the photo has a good composition, DOF and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Wilson. Great photo. Very eye catching with excellent depth, colour and detail. I love the sky also. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

Hello Wilson. Which in former times the paintings were, are today the photos. Your photo shows an impressing motive. The entrance to the graves shows a detail of the size and culture of China. An interesting and worth seeing photo . Best regards, Wolfgang.

what a great view down the alley with good sense of dephtness due to the coulmns in the foreground followed by the periodically placed lion statues. Despite the flat light you got a good light management.
Cheers, Peter

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9146 W: 57 N: 15351] (56892)
  • [2008-01-04 3:28]

Hej Wilson,
Great view along the path, the perspective is wonderful. The repetition of the statues is nice too and I like the fresh green trees on both sides of the photo. Well done and thanks for sharing!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2008-01-19 0:30]

hello Wilson
Very interesting perspective on this path with beautifull greens on booth sides.
Its a great composition.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2008-01-21 21:01]

Hi Wilson,
I like harmony of green &blue colours. you caught very good perspective with this point of view. well framed picture. greetings
Burak Erek

Hello Wilson
, I like this picrure very much because of the excellent symetrical compoaition , the good colors and sharpness.You have realized a great job here.Bravo.

With regards from Luxembourg


Wow, what a nice picture. The weeping branches of the trees is what gets me. It's as if you are drawn down the path by the picture.


Hello Wilson
Absolutely interesting and exotic place in the same way. Great perspective along the trees' and animals' lines. Beautiful symmetry. Nice framed. This photo makes an impression on me, and the place - too :).

Hello Wilson,
Nice shot, the composition is good. Like the symmetry here and the colours. Perfect exposure.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2008-02-08 13:34]

Hi Wilson, This is a beauty, of which i wasn't aware existed. The driveway is really special and your composition does it justice. A good blue sky. TFS. Murray.

Hi Wilson.
Impressive perspective and deep in your shot,with the weeping willow and the road turning into right at back,what a pity the gate was out of sight..
Best regards,

Beautiful image.. I love the rather "greyed-out" look too! Regards, Doug

Hi Wilson,
A great shot with deep perspective and good composition... Good colours and sharpness. Well done.
Best regards.

HELLO Wilson,
Great presentation and well composed
picture with good details,
great in your style

Hi Wilson,
I am always amazed that the Russian Bolsheviks and the Chinese communists, especially during the cultural revolution, didn't destroy all of the artifacts of their past, like many revolutionary zealots do. They must have had a half an I.Q. enough and just enough sense to preserve these old architectual treasures. Your composition and perspective is outstanding as usual and I love all of the regal Chinese lions guarding the Sacred Way. Outstanding!

Hello Wilson,
beautifully simple symmetrical view of a way leading the sight into the center of the picture. I like the green "walls" with the statutes of animals along it as well as the low angle view. Thank you for sharing. Rgds, Michael

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2008-10-30 13:20]

Hi Wilson,
The centred PoV and the absence of people, at least in the FG, enhances an atmosphere of grandeur that suits well the place. It's a great image!
Regards, José.

Hi, Wilson.
Everything's been said already, so... let me just add this : it looks like a Carel Willink's painting. Absolutely wonderful! Take care, I'll be seeing you.

Great view.
The pathway with greens along the way is beautifully captured. Good clarity. The sky looks like a waterway when viewed upside down :)


Hi Wilson

I've done the same but in winter, with fog.........yours is better...

Hello Wilson,

A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. You chose a good POV to take this shot. Well done!


so many of your pictures are so beautiful, it was hard to choose just one.
Love the DOF and POV
great symmetry


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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2011-03-15 4:14]

Fantastic DEP here. Excellent perspective to show us the beautiful place.



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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2011-03-19 15:52]

Hello Wilson,
These gardens are very beautiful and very elegant. The willows are my favorite trees.
Superb perspective, excellent light and depth.
Best wishes,

Dear Wilson

You keep strange hours dear friend. It must be 3am! Anyways, I like this shot alot, the perspective is great, there's a slight tilt, but you can now fix that up with your new Photoshop skills ;) Lovely colours and superb depth of field. Congrats.

Have a good evening...or morning ?

Amazing perspective and depth. TFS

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