A Beautiful Morning in Beijing

Happy Thanksgiving! (What kind of pie do you want?)

Happy Turkey Day to all my old and new friends that come here to visit. I really appreciate it! Today, I’m trying my first deep-fried-turkey. I’ll think of you all while eating and report back! Also, we have about four pies here… it should be enough. Let me know what kind of piece you want!

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Morning in Beijing

Another early morning outing found me at this place, just outside the Forbidden City. The morning was crisp and clear. It was one of those mornings where you feel like moving around to both stay awake and to stay warm.

I walked to the top of the temple with all my stuff. it was a lot of steps… too many steps for that early in the morning! But, I was surrounded by a lot of early-morning Chinese people working out. What was interesting is that most of them seemed to be over 50 years old. And there were A LOT of them! They were working it hard, and kind of making me look bad.

Also interesting — every few minutes, you could hear them yelling at the top of their lungs — various mantras and other words of power to that are part of their routine. It was unnerving to set up for a shot, enter my tiny moment of zen release, and then have some guy in all-white sweats yell something in Chinese a few feet from me!

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • Happy Thanksgiving Trey! My family and I are frying a turkey this year as well. Hope they are good! Hope you have a good one.


  • Happy Thanksgiving to you! You’re frying, I’m brining for the first time… Enjoy. And I’d have to say pumpkin pie, as I’ve got a whole chocolate-pecan pie sugarbomb delight waiting for me.

  • Nice shot!
    Funny I was there yesterday, but a bit later than you. 🙂
    I am doing a play in Beijing until Sunday.
    Wanna have a cup of coffee?

  • Brilliant – i love these guys who come out at the crack of down and put themselves through workouts worthy of a ‘Rocky’ film! There were similar people in NYC in central park every morning and they were taking it soooo seriously but not to the point where there were screaming zen war cries for motivation 😀

    That chap in the white vest looks pretty intense, kind of like a cross between Jack Burton and David Lo Pan from the movie ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ – i don’t think i’d fancy my chances in a scrap with him!

  • Simon Morris

    Great shot, I like the dappled sunlight shining through the trees… excellent!
    Is that Survivor and ‘eye of the tiger’ I can hear playing in the background… “yo, Adrian” 🙂

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    (I’ve never said or typed those words in my life, lol)

    I know that feeling of walking to stay warm and awake, its how I feel whenever I go camping… There really is no such thing as a ‘warm’ morning 45° South, hehe…
    I shot a hand-held HDR almost by accident the other day, and after photoshopping out a person and a roof it came up pretty good:


  • Is this a déjà-vu or did I see this picture (and read the text) somewhere before already? It’s beautiful indeed, but I feel like it’s not new…weird

  • casusan

    What a beautiful morning! The colors here are fantastic! As for the pie….well,it’s not much like Thanksgiving but my choice would have to be lemon!

  • Beautiful!! Makes me wanna travel to Beijing!!

  • Eden great HDR chief – you nailed it even though it was hand held 🙂

    This pie talk is making me hungry…..we don’t really have our own dessert pie here in Scotland but for a good Scottish feed i recommend the Scotch Pie – a great snack, enjoyed at Scottish footbal (or soccer for my American friends here) stadiums and no doubt a contributor to our decreased life-expectancy in this country 😀

  • Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving Trey! I have lots of favorite pies, but for Thanksgiving my two favorites are pumpkin pie and pecan pie.

  • Gail in Montana

    Thanks, Trey. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. We haven’t tried deep-frying a turkey, let us know how it turns out. I’ll take a piece of pumpkin, thanks very much, my favorite, next to chocolate!!!! It doesn’t look like we will have pie this year. My hubby is feeling better, but was so sick yesterday he didn’t do any pie making. But we have pumpkin and eggnog ice cream we will take to our friends, depending on how he feels at noon. He seems to be doing much better this morning. It’s so cold here, the house temp in only 64F with the furnace running constantly!! Now Carrie Underwood is singing, so I have to go, lol. Watching the parade in NYC.
    Guess I better comment on the photo, lol. It’s a very stunning photo, love the way the sun is shing brightly above the city!!! Thanks for sharing and your well wishes, Trey. Back at you. I might come down there for some pumpkin pie, lol 😉

  • tonyp

    Nice pic. A day does not go by without checking out your photo of the day. Food for thought. It would be helpful if under your caption you note the number of shots used for the HDR photo including how it was processed. For example Photomatric or HDR Efex Pro or something else and if you did some other post processing with Nik, OnOne or Topaz Adjust. Watching a
    holiday classic “March of the Wooden Soldiers”. What a great flick. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Trey. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! Go Cowboys!

  • foljs

    Hmm, I’m a long time fan of the site, even bought two of the ebooks, but I have to say the quality of the photographs is starting to decline a little. Too overstretched maybe Tray?

    I mean, today could be just any holiday snapshot. The British Museum and the Burning Man Art, ho-hum.


    Where is all the ole-time good stuff?

  • Wonderful shot!!
    And happy Thanksgiving day Trey!!

  • Pumpkin pie for sure, at least today.
    A couple of HDR’s I took this last weekend. http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Thanks all!

    Igor – I’ve already left Beijing I’m afraid – thanks for the invite, though!

    And thanks everyone for the Thanksgiving good wishes… hope you are having a good one too!

  • Amazing shot Trey. Love the detail in the foreground. I think I’ve been up this very same hill/park, six years ago!

  • Steve

    I remember my last morning in Bejing in 2003, I went out to one of the parks to get sunrise shots, there were lots of people out exercising. As I set up to take pictures a kind man came up and directed me to a spot that would make a more interesting photo. He then went on running, I noticed he stopped as the sun begain to rise and watched me taking pictures. He then came back and directed me to get some pictures of the local Temple building with the golden light on it. It was amemorable experience as neither one of us understood each other but communtcated through gestures and and a common bond of photography.

  • Big Matty

    That guy on the left has had enough of this exercise crap!

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