Evening at the Summer Palace

TWIT Photo – New Video

The new video from TWIT is up now. I hope you enjoy it!  Among many other things we discussed:

  • My friend Lisa Bettany is not doing the show any more on a regular basis
  • The future of digital photography
  • Instagram integration (BTW “100 Cameras in 1” made #1 in Photography for iPad!) (iTunes link)
  • Lens correction in photoshop and lightroom
  • And, in general, you can get to know a bit about Mikkel Aaland

Daily Photo – Evening at the Summer Palace

I didn’t make it to the Summer Palace until my final evening in Beijing, and I was graced with a delicate sunset.

This place is also called the “Gardens of Nurtured Harmony” and it rests on top of “Longevity Hill”, a very Chinese-folk-sounding name. What is kind of interesting is that this entire area was manmade, and the huge hill was built out of dirt when they excavated the man-made lake!

It is a truly beautiful place, as you can plainly see. I could not have asked for a better place to explore on my last night in China.

Evening at the Summer PalaceI didn't make it to the Summer Palace until my final evening in Beijing, and I was graced with a delicate sunset.This place is also called the "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony" and it rests on top of "Longevity Hill", a very Chinese-folk-sounding name.  What is kind of interesting is that this entire area was manmade, and the huge hill was built out of dirt when they excavated the man-made lake!It is a truly beautiful place, as you can plainly see.  I could not have asked for a better place to explore on my last night in China.- Trey RatcliffRead more (and check out a new TWIT Photo Webcast) here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

HDR Photo

The Original Photo

Now, you guys know I don’t normally do this… and don’t get used to it, but I thought you might like to see the original photo. Sometimes the colors come out so wild that people just surely assume I am “painting” in some wonderful color… but as you can see this is not the case. By the way, the reason I don’t do this very often is not be elusive — just I am incredibly, insanely busy and this all takes extra time…

Now, of course the HDR helped here a lot to bring out better color and all the detail in the palace, as well as bringing back the evening “haze” that was really there… Beijing does have a bit of a constant haze problem, to say the least… and the fast exposure there to the right (I believe it was the -1) did not pick it up… but the color of the sky is just about right.

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  • Dayton

    Beautiful color, however it got into the photo.

  • Susan

    Super gorgeous Trey – Gail will love this one! Hope she saw what Gonzo wrote about her yesterday!
    This a such a beautiful photo – before and after – love love love it! Where is that pesky Gonzo anyway- he must be writing a super long one!

  • Gorgeous, Trey! Love it- the color, the subject, the delicateness. Wonderful.

  • Beautiful landscape Trey. Such an atmospheric and fantasy like picture. Will soon be a ‘Favourite’ of mine.

  • Con grates,this is the first video i have been able to watch with out it trying to stop all the time this was so smooth and a pleasure to watch and listen to and so clear. this is a beautiful photo ,love the wall and buildings and the way you popped them out I feel on a large photo those giant water lilies would look good as well.Watched most of your interviews thus far but this was the best down here in Australia.

  • Beautiful image, I love early mornings and the pink colors in the sky, it looks so peaceful there, lovely!

  • Gail in Montana

    Beautiful photo and colors!!! Thanks for sharing, Trey!!! Have a great day 🙂

  • That’s a great shot. Love the colors and composition. Thanks for showing us what the original on this one.

  • Beautiful photo Trey. I love the purple hue throughout. I didn’t think you changed the color btw 😉

    Cheers,
    Noah

  • Hey, does anyone know how I can change the icon pic that shows up on my comments here? how are you others getting your picture instead of some generic icon?

    thanks,
    Noah

  • Susan

    Noah – go to gravatar.com – it will let you set up a pic to use on all sites!

  • Another amazing photo Trey. How many photos do you usually take in a day like this? And then how many actually end up making it through the post processing? Anyone? I seem to take hundreds and then get ten or twenty that I really like.

  • Great photo and colors Trey, thank you for sharing!

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  • Danilo

    Beautiful photo! I prefer the sky in the original shot.

  • Thanks!

    Daryl – there is no quick answer to this… hehe – it’s a long and complex road!

  • (Sigh) (Forlorn look) I guess that means I will have to continue with the chocolate theory… you can never have too much. (said with a dark chocolate ring around the mouth)

  • Susan – Thanks!!! It worked great.

  • Simon Morris

    Beautiful image and wonderfully processed too! Trey – I’m pleased you decided to show us the original ‘0’ exposure… just goes to show how powerful the human eye is at seeing things with such a dynamic range. Don’t you just love HDR photography, yeah! 🙂

  • Love it! Looks awesome.

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