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Beyond The Fog || Fading Light On The Great Wall

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This is my favorite view from the top of The Mutianyu Section of The Great Wall Of China, just before the last rays of the sun disappeared into the thickening fog. It was a very spiritual moment for my wife and I, as we watched the soft light fade. We were all alone up there for the final hour of sunset, surrounded only by the gentle sound of the cool spring wind. It’s always been one of my dreams to visit The Great Wall and having finally seen it in person, I can happily say that it lived up to all my expectations.
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Beautiful +Elia Locardi, it must have been an incredible experience to see something like that. And to have the place to yourself must've been the cherry on top without noisy tourists and such. I also love how clear of an evening it seems to have been and the subtle lighting, it's probably one of the best shots of the Great Wall I've seen. Some others I've seen tend to have a lot of other distractions from the wall itself (overgrown areas (which can be nice, but distracting), fog, overbearing lighting effects, ect.).
I was at Mutianyu two summers ago - it was completely amazing, and there was nobody else there. :)
+Rachel Heil, That's a really nice compliment, thanks. :) It really was a special experience for us. I've wanted to visit the great wall since I was a little kid. I didn't even care that the weather was foggy and bad for photography. I was just happy to be there.

Don't let the softness of this shot fool you though, there was some heavy fog and a very dim atmosphere. I neutralized some of it in the foreground but mostly I just wanted to work around what was already there. That way I'd have something exactly the way I remember it.
+Elia Locardi I can see the fog in the background, and I did look at the before/after shots. I can see what you mean, but your end result was a beautiful clear photo of the wall. Glad you finally got to make a childhood dream come true!
Very informative +Elia Locardi and great capture indeed. By the way, the sliding javascript on the photo it's quite cool! :-)
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Wonderful picture Elia! I can imagine it was almost magic to be there...
i cant believe you had the oppertunity to go there. i would simply love to be you!
Thanks for the comments everyone! ^_^
Great +Elia Locardi It's one of the top places I'd like to see. It's nice to hear that it was all you expeted.
I bet its a long walk that I probably wouldnt finish o-o
Nice that is my hometown
i bet if i run it i would probably last about a half of mile on it or less XD
just to stand an walk the wall i bet its so awsome
Very Nice picture. Thanks
Eva G.
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Man, what a shot! This is an excellent photo.
that is SOO Pretty! hope it was a blast to be there.
that's cool and how long would it take 2 walk that whole thing
Absolutely a stunning shot/view
lovely shot into the fog that is moving in, nice light!
Lovely shot - what a great experience - will do it myself someday.  (Jealous - lol)
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC;[3] these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.[4] Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.
Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.
The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi).[5] This is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi) sections of actual wall, 359 km (223 mi) of trenches and 2,232 km (1,387 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.[5] Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi).[6]
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