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Forbidden City Canal

Forbidden City Canal
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Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14153 W: 1033 N: 28250] (134690)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax A 28mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-02 0:29
Viewed: 3192
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A snaking canal in the Forbidden City, in central Beijing. From Wikipedia:

"The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, and the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

Built from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms[1] and covers 720,000 square metres. The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,[2] and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,[2] and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world."

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Bonjour Chris
Très bon scan de cette réalisation en argentique.J'apprécie la teinte de l'eau au premier plan et son harmonie avec le rouge du palais.
Beau travail.

Hello Chris
Very good scan of this realization into silver. I appreciate the colour of water in the foreground and his harmony with the red of the palate.
Beautiful work.
In a friendly way

Hello Chris! Amazing perspective. Excellent picture. Regards!

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  • Gustaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2500 W: 722 N: 202] (21670)
  • [2007-09-02 2:06]

Hi, my friend!
Rusia, China... Wow! I very like your oryginal view. I never been in China. It is for me very pitty. Good composition and nice colours. Well done.

Bonjour, mon ami Chris,
Ville interdite, heureusement que cette interdiction a été levée ! la magnificence des lieux mérite que toute personne aimant la beauté puisse en profiter.
Un grand merci, Chris, pour cette magnifique image.
Un cadrage de grande qualité.
Bravo !

Hi Chris
When I visited this place I dont' see the channel. It's give the deepness of the picture.

Hello Chris,
A very nice composition of this very peaceful scene (where were all the tourists?). Great colours with some nice reflections and good sharpness.

Hi Chris,

That’s the first time I’ve seen this canal. Very good composition, good POV, nice colors and reflections.


Hi Chris,
fine green snake in that grey and red area. Even seen the movie of the last Chinese Emperor not knowing about canals there. Good POV with nice depth and colours.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

So nice a compositions....
I am reminded of my similar composition here!...
But this is surely a better composition than mine..
However I see that you also had the same problem of bad lighting I suffered from...Still you have produced a stupendous one here...

Hello Chris
The famous forbiden city and the lovely part of China
Bravo and Thanks

Good use of the canal to lead the eye into the scene. Good features of the image are the wall decorations which add repetition and the reflections. Well done

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  • cessy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 90 N: 2350] (13647)
  • [2007-09-02 9:34]

very nice capture of the canal and the palace, Chris
excellent curves, and colors

Hi Chris,
what a surprise that there are no people walking around in your picture.
I thought this place might be overcrowded.
Beautiful view with beautiful colours,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15350 W: 159 N: 26877] (140844)
  • [2007-09-02 12:11]

Hi Chris,
Joli cadrage du canal qui conduit le regard jusqu'au batiments aux jolis détails et couleurs du pays, belle composition
Best regards

Hello Chris,

Interesting to see how photographers discover the same angles: I have exactly the same picture ( But digital ) of the same canal in the Forbidden City.
Shortly I like it even more than mine - Izzet

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  • Cormac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
  • [2007-09-02 20:34]

Now this is a very interesting shot, and certainly different than anything I've seen of the Forbidden city. I like the way you used the water in the middle to lead us to the buildings, and the gentle curve adds some more interest to it. Nicely done!

Hello Chris,
The winding canal is a great lead-in!
Rich colour of the water, fine colours & details in the architecture...
An well balanced composition with good lines!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

The magical light and the strong colours resulted on a very attractive image.
Best wishes,

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-04 0:33]

Belle photo de ce canal qui va vers cette batisse superbe qui fait rever au belle histoires sur les palais impériaux et leur dinastie de mandarins, empereurs et autres.Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.Vraiment une très belle prise. Amitiés Thomas
je reviens

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2007-09-04 9:19]

Interesting pov and presentation of this canal in the forbidden city. In fact can't remember seeing this motif before. Well disposed Chris with good details aøø over.

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2007-09-04 9:32]

Good shot Chris.
Great perspective with the curved canal leading your eyes to the magnificent palace. Good POV, colors and definition.
Well done. TFS.
Best regards.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9004 W: 57 N: 15113] (56000)
  • [2007-09-04 11:27]

Hej Chris,
A beautiful view from the Forbidden City. I like to see the traditional architecture and the canal is very well placed in the foreground and leads the eye well to the buildings. The repetitive effect of the little wall is great too. Well captured and thanks for sharing!

Hello Chris,

A highly informative note complementing the excellent photo. The canal stretching and curving into the distance provides essential diagonal structure, as well as the green to stand in contrast against the deep red of the woodwork. The composition and perspective are excellent, and so are the colors and definition.

Warm regards,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13606 W: 295 N: 27111] (108851)
  • [2007-09-28 6:07]

Hello Chris,
just i saw your capture from the Forbidden City,i remembered my last trip in China on last March,when i visited this beautiful country.Excellent the colours and the light as the sharpness and the clarity.Informative your note too.Well done Chris.


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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2007-10-08 15:25]

Hi Chris,
Great pov and colours. The water makes a very nice contrast with the red of the buildings and it's a great lead-in to them. It looks a bit inclined to the left, but it may be because of the perspective and actually I think that the effect is pleasant visually.
Regards, José.

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