The Great Wall Stretches Across the Sunset

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Daily Photo – The Great Wall Stretches Across the Sunset

Beautiful China! Isn’t the Great Wall an awesome thing? It’s so epic in every way. I do what I can to make it feel as epic as it deserves. On one of my nights there, the sun dipped halfway behind a hill. I saw it happening while I was walking along the wall by myself, so I set up for this shot…

The Great Wall Stretches Across the Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 22:18:07
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  • Aperturef/11
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length82mm (82mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
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  • Andrea Boyle

    Wow… amazing range of color! How did you do it?

  • In2photos

    Now THERE’s a different shot of the Great Wall! Okay, China is on my must-visit list.

  • Bob Prangnell

    I’m puzzled by this shot. The pattern of shadows and light that you’d expect the sun to make on the wall is not there. For instance, the part of the wall closest looks like it’s illuminated from the side. And there’s no shadow where the wall bends towards us. And the light of the sun is much redder than the light appears on the wall. Strange. I’m not saying it’s a composite or anything. Just that it looks puzzling to me. I’d like to go there.

  • Beautiful photo, Trey!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful shot Trey!

  • mel rolleri

    gorgeous….absolutely beautiful! can’t wait to meet you in NYC on tuesday!!

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    see you soon 🙂

  • Wow.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Nice shot Trey,Its amazing how some cannot see the sun is already on the other side of the hill and that you are in a higher position than the wall in front of you. Yes some light will fall on the wall but if they are expecting sun rays on it they are not looking at your photo correctly. If one was down where the light is on the wall you may not even see ths sun,what one sees is the reflected light from the sky. If I am wrong I am sorry but this is what I see as what Bob sees.Thanks for sharing,enjoy your photo walk God Bless.

  • Bob Prangnell

    Yes I understand that the wall is lit from sky-light rather than direct sunlight. However, the skylight would still be brightest in the direction where the sun is, right? There are darker and lighter parts of the wall scene, but I can’t figure out why the parts that are bright and dark are that way. Also as the wall is lit by the sky, why isn’t it orange? Perhaps it’s just the tone mapping/photoshopping.

  • Casper van Zyl

    You may just have to dig a little deeper into Trey’s box of magic tricks

  • Michael Smith

    WOW, This is an amazing shot!!!

  • Best one in a long time…this is really nice.

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