The Great Wall, China


A representation of the truth.  This is a rare example where two images were combined, in this case to show what one image could not show.  With a very limited time to photograph China's Great Wall, I saw this startling view through an open window of the Great Wall sweeping down a hillside, but the exposure extremes were beyond the range of my digital camera.  I tried shooting exposures for both inside and outside, but without a tripod, I was essentially shooting two different images, and the outside scene didn't impress me.  At the same time, I shot several images of the wall, so it was an easy stretch to combine one of those outside images with the interior photo.  Using layers, I inserted the exterior behind the interior, resized the exterior to resemble the actual view, and cut away the space in the window.  It's imperfect, but it conveys what I saw.


The Wall deserves added footnotes.  It was build over a century when men of a certain age were conscripted to work on the wall.  The terrain was difficult and there were no building codes that applied, so the height of the steps varied as necessary to ascend the different heights as the Wall climbed steep hills.  Unlike stairways in buildings. these steps might rise six inches or two feet.  Climbing the steps of the Great Wall required agility as well as stamina. 


These restored sections mimic the original wall but aren't the same as the crumbling originals.



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:58:55