Photo: Lost In The Music
He played, but from somewhere outside of the hall.

Our first evening in Xian included a program of traditional orchestral music, dance and acrobatics. This wasn't as bad as the Peking Opera where I couldn't keep my eyes open. I managed to remain awake through the whole program.

I'm trying something new. The original photo had the flutist in the center and I didn't like it. So I extended the canvas on the left, then mirrored the left side of the original frame. That gave me room to crop- but then the blue background seemed kind of empty, so I selected the flutist, copied him to a new layer, moved and transformed him, then reduced opacity to . . . something something percent.

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Photo: Bonsai Tree in Xian, CN - April 2008
Photo: Defense Against The Charge
Or charging in . . .

In one of the outlying regions of Xian, between the main city and the Terracotta Army excavation site, our tour bus made something like a 320 degree turn at an intersection where this monument was under construction. What you see here is all that was visible above the plywood safety barrier. I snapped this as we went by, and thus got a poor angle, but we were already pulling away before I could get my camera up and go for the shot. I would love to know what part of local history this monument represents.

Texture was added to the sky to give it a little interest.

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Photo: Monument
Not sure to whom, though.

I've posted a version of this before. 
 
When on a tour bus, one does not always get the choice of angles and composition that might be preferred. This is one of those shots- somewhere between Xian, China, and the Terracotta Soldiers excavation site and museum the bus drove around this under-construction monument. Just before turning right and away, I managed to fire off one shot.

This particular version is a composite. The original sky was empty and sort of a blue-grey-brown. The previous upload of this (http://goo.gl/WDOaAs) used a texture to disguise the plainness of the sky, but this time I thought I'd give it something more interesting from my growing collection of sky shots.

Used in this production were #Lightroom5  , #PhotoshopCC2014  ,   #TopazDenoise  ,   #TopazDetail  and #TopazRestyle  .

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Photo: The Watchers
They're so still, they look like statues!

So, at the factory where they make replicas of the Terracotta Warriors, there were these two standing on a porch, seemingly watching the tourists come and go. They really weren't very well situated, so I gave them this almost-square crop and a textured background (originally an off-white wall). The shadows of the Warriors and on the top and right edges of the frame are the result of adding an inner shadow to the texture layer with the Warriors and palm branches masked. The result gives some depth to the scene, and keeping the soldiers from looking like cut-outs. I like that!

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Defense Against The Charge
Or charging in . . .

In one of the outlying regions of Xian, between the main city and the Terracotta Army excavation site, our tour bus made something like a 320 degree turn at an intersection where this monument was under construction. What you see here is all that was visible above the plywood safety barrier. I snapped this as we went by, and thus got a poor angle, but we were already pulling away before I could get my camera up and go for the shot. I would love to know what part of local history this monument represents.

Texture was added to the sky to give it a little interest.

#Travel   #China   #Xian

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