Forbidden Corner

Random Encounter!

I took this on my first evening in Beijing, and, of all things, I met Gernot here on the corner by chance! Gernot is a very interesting photographer that came to my workshop in Tokyo earlier in the year… and here he was just randomly! I’m jealous of him because he just took a motorcycle from Shanghai to Tibet on a photo-adventure… can you imagine? He’s been sharing some photos in the Clubhouse and it looks like a great time.

Daily Photo – Forbidden Corner

Two of the corners around the moat around the Forbidden City are exactly the same. The only difference is the direction they face. And, with bad luck, I started on the wrong corner, so that meant a not-so-short-runwalk to the other corner, and that is no small feat with something this huge. But, in terms of a long walk, at least there is something beautiful to look at along the way.

Forbidden CornerTwo of the corners around the moat around the Forbidden City are exactly the same.  The only difference is the direction they face.  And, with bad luck, I started on the wrong corner, so that meant a not-so-short-runwalk to the other corner, and that is no small feat with something this huge. But, in terms of a long walk, at least there is something beautiful to look at along the way.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • That’s what I’m talking about Trey. Were you been hiding this little gem brother?

    BTW – It occurred to me that you have the perfect opportunity to commit a crime any day of the week. Steal whatever you want, or even murder whatever you want, and as long as you don’t get caught and commit said crime at midnight you’ll have a massive alibi. Everybody knows you were online posting a pic at midnight! How could you have murdered that guy at midnight when clearly you were posting a pic?! It’s genius!!

    How long have you been plotting this? I mean, just think of the sheer will power it takes to come up with such a convoluted device and then build up the alibi for years, just waiting for the perfect opportunity!! People who you have known previous to you posting at midnight every night should be afraid. Obviously they would be your logical targets.

    When are you moving out of Austin? Just asking.

  • Susan

    Sooo beautiful – like a painting – yes, it looks like you took this at the perfect angle!

  • What an incredible viewpoint – superb stuff!

  • Love this! Great viewpoint and colours, but I have to say that that red/white pole sticks out like a sore thumb :/

  • George Green

    Wow, love that yellow sky. Was it really that color?

  • Great perspective, nice colors!

  • Trey’s moving as fast as he can Gonzo he is tired of being haunted hehe! And another nice artistic way of looking at things by shooting from this angle. I know its a bollard but what a place to put it,they could have placed one on the left to balance it out,just joking.

  • Thanks all!

    George – No I used textures on this one to give it a different feel.

    Joseph – I agree! Maybe I should have photoshopped it out. You make a very good point, but I usually don’t photoshop out things THAT big. But maybe I should make an exception!

  • this is brilliant work!your pictures really inspires me to keep on “bracketing”, your webinar on hdr really helped me finding the right direction regarding hdr and post processing! thanks.

  • Robert in Tokyo

    Wow! I like the Pole, it confirms my belief in bureaucratic stupidity!

    And who really needs textures when you have 100Cameras! Your app took my Mt.Fuji blah images and really turned them into something I can show.

    Thank You for the inspiration!

  • Vicki Wilson

    Beautiful composition, I love the reflections in the triangle!

  • man i love the perspective on this!

  • Brilliant point of view. This is a stunning shot!

  • Trey, awesome!! Safe travels!

  • This is spectacular! I love the angle, the texture, and all the awesome color in this…and I agree, I would be glad to walk all the way around a view like that!

  • Beautiful shot Trey! Excellent composition and colors. 😉

  • Fantastic shot Trey – that’s a cool looking texture you’ve applied, I like the composition too… superb!

  • Love this shot and really cool use of texture! I posted a cool sunset photo today with some awesome clouds http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Let me know what you think!

  • Carl Cosby

    Great picture

  • Kevin Chambers

    Very nice. But how in the world did you find an angle in the Forbidden City that didn’t have a sign in it telling you not to do something? Every beautiful corner I saw was spoiled by signage.

  • Wow. That forbidden corner is awesome. I bought your flat books a while back and I think this is such a good example about what you were talking about when you talked about keeping the photo interesting so the eye keeps moving. Nice work, Trey!

  • Tim

    Fabulous shot. I like the pole, it provides a contrast of lines and some colour. It would almost be too perfect a picture
    If it weren’t there. You should come back in winter with the snow, ice and blue skies.
    Where do you go next?

  • Awesome texture work

  • Big Matty

    Love the lines Trey

  • the pole exists. glad it was allowed to remain. thanks for this one. in my ‘can’t make that picture with current skill set’ those are my favorites.

  • Something a little bit different, love it and the textures are awesome!

  • I can get lost in this shot forever…

  • notti.at

    wow, i didn’t know that it was your first day in china 😉 i like the ponit of view and the texture very much you applied

  • I love this photo Trey. One of my favorites. Stunning texture, angle, colors and sky.

    -Joseph

  • After viewing several pages of your photography I feel pretty damn comfortable saying that you’re the best photographer in the universe. I am in literal AWE. Found you through James Brandon {his MIL is a good friend!} This photo has to be one of my favorites. Of all time. Cheers!

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