The Curious Old Chinese Village (and a BorrowLenses Review)

If you all want to try out “Netflix for Lenses”, read my new review of Lens Rental from BorrowLenses. I think it’s a great service. I gave the service a full run recently and came away happy!

This pic below was taken in China. It’s curious isn’t it? I’ll open it up for discussion… see who can figure out what exactly is happening in the photo… (don’t forget you can zoom into the original size on Flickr)

The Curious Old Chinese Village

  • I have no idea what it is but it looks like the people inside the house are being projected onto a screen.

  • Austin Kendall

    It looks like it’s a Peking Opera performance. Just a guess.

    I love the composition of this photo, it’s one of my favorites of yours.

  • It’s a model… πŸ˜‰

  • Hi, i’m very impressed with your HDR photo especially this one, the way you make it appear like a life like model, i think it supposed that your light editting technique that are very special.. nice pictures πŸ™‚ keep up your good work πŸ™‚

  • Joel

    I’m guessing that was taken at the Urban Planning Museum in Shanghai? I seem to remember some dioramas like that and it would go with your picture of the wooden city model.

  • It’s with a tilt shift lens you rented from borrow lens??????????

  • At first glance I thought it was a tilt-shift lens or even the tilt-shift effect generated in Photoshop. Upon further inspection of the full-size image in Flickr, I see that it really is a model as evidenced by the figures at the very bottom of the image. The thing that really throws it off are the images of moving people inside. I had to look a couple of times just tom make sure it wasn’t real. My guess is that it is an image printed on translucent material and then back-lit from inside the model. Very cool though any way you look at it.

  • Very interesting, Trey. After scrolling like crazy on the large image, the figures outside are definately little models, but it does throw you off when there is motion inside the building. How did they do that, lol. Wondering how large these buildings actually are. The colors are just beautiful in the photo. How long are you going to keep us in the “dark”, lol?

  • Rowan

    It’s too clean to be real life.
    Has to be either model or a stage.
    Given the angle of the camera, as well as some of the detailing of the plants and rocks, I’ll go with model.

  • Anne

    It’s a model. The background is too plain. It’s a good model, but a model nonetheless.

  • casusan

    You’re just trying to see if our brains are working on all cylinders Trey! Will look forward to your explanation!

  • Hehe you are all getting very close! If no firm answers by the end of the day… I will give the answer.

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say that it’s in water, such as an aquarium.


  • David McLaughlin

    I’d guess it’s a model

  • Hayden Jett Pernia

    The person on the bottom is missing a head.

  • Could it be the Chinese Architecture Diorama at the
    Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Shanghai?

    Just a guess…..

    I love Google image search! HeHeHe!!!

  • Hehe I love this effect.


  • casusan


  • You can even make a model look magical!

  • Go on and kiss the girl πŸ™‚

  • Hehe… yes all guesses were really close… just right on almost.

    The thing is… this was a meticulous model that was indeed in the Chinese Architecture Diorama at the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Shanghai. Those people moving around? INSIDE the model they had these tiny HD screens that were playing full-motion video of a Chinese banquet. It was really strange to see a perfect model with perfect little people moving around inside the model. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

  • It looks like a puppet show πŸ™‚

  • Hehe I love this effect.

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