Photo: Spanish Style Architecture? Deep In The Heart Of China!
Those monks really got around!

Our plane landed in Xian, China, on Easter Sunday morning, 2009. When we boarded our bus and were getting acquainted with our new tour guide, 'Linda,' some of the group asked if it might be possible to stop by a church because it was Easter. Linda thought for a moment, then said that the cathedral where most Westerners would go was on the other side of the city, and too far to go. But, she said, she might know a place.

The bus made its way into central Xian, with our guide having to give directions as we went. After a while we turned onto a side street and pulled up in front of a gate. As we gazed through the gate, we saw this- a Spanish style Catholic church. Not just that, but a busy place with people of all ages having come out for Easter services. The courtyard was dressed up with banners, and just inside the gate was an inflatable rainbow arch with some kind of sign attached. On either side of the church were banners, and throughout there were people of all ages: old folks who had survived revolutions, both literal and cultural, middle class families, young people and little children.

Some of our group went inside with our guide who, to their surprise, knew the priest already. Hmmm. She acted as translator while he gave them a short homily followed by Holy Communion. It couldn't have worked out better.

I stayed outside taking pictures. I felt a tug at my sleeve, and there was a young girl looking up at me. I smiled. Then she spoke haltingly in English: 'You are very old.' My grin widened, and I replied, 'Yes. I am 59 years old.' I had been warned that my blond hair and white beard would get me recognized as Santa Claus in China. Old men with white beards are respected.

I asked the little girl, 'How old are you?' and she said, counting on her fingers to help remember her English numbers, 'I am ten.' I spotted her mother nearby with a camera, so I asked the girl, while making signs to her mother, if they would like to take a picture, and they both enthusiastically nodded.

And so somewhere in a home in Xian there is a photograph of me standing next to a beaming Chinese girl who met a 'very old' American man at church on Easter Sunday.

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Photo: Giant Goose Pagoda
Hazy day in Xian.

I posted a photo of a garden gazebo/pagoda the other day that is located in the grounds of this structure. This is probably by far my best shot of it, but that ain't saying much, I'm sure.

This photo was captured on Easter Sunday 2009, after after brief unscheduled visit to a Catholic church (http://goo.gl/TmHzVa), and I think before lunch. It might have been after lunch.

There is some  #TopazDenoise3 , #TopazDetail5  and a bit of other adjustments in this, all required to rescue a hazy photo from oblivion.

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Photo: Giant Goose Pagoda
Xian, China - April 2009

The day we visited the #GiantGoosePagoda  in #Xian , the skies were a uniform grey. Most everything was dulled in the shadowless light. I had an idea that I would take a series of hand-held shots to make into a vertorama later, but . . . well, I missed a bit here and there and it didn't work out the way I envisioned. Here, then, is the "central" photo of the series.

This photo was processed in #Lightroom5  and #Nik   #SilverEfexPro .

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Photo: Memories of China
An all-too-brief tour adventure.

A few days ago I posted a version of this photo, that when I saw it online, something just didn't seem right about it. After staring at it a bit I realized that I hadn't straightened it up. The pagoda was leaning just enough to be off-putting. So I deleted that post and now present a slightly altered version. Straight, at least, if not otherwise better!

I was inspired to dive into my #China  catalogue from 2009 after seeing a post by +Hervé BRY featuring photos from two trips to China that he had taken.

I participated with a tour group sponsored by the Oakland (California) Chamber of Commerce that spent a week or so in China in April 2009. I came home calling it The Tourist Death March because of the daily pace we kept. Actually it wasn't as bad as that sounds, but I would have liked to spend more time at most of the places we visited. Next time, eh?

This is in the grounds of the #GiantGoosePagoda  in #Xian , but it is not the Giant Goose Pagoda itself. I'm not sure if I can come up with a decent photo of the Giant Goose Pagoda. The time constraints of being part of a bus tour means that you have limited time to come up with interesting compositions, so you get what you get and work with it.
Photo: How Red Were My Leaves
The others were green with envy.

On our first afternoon in Xian, after visiting a Catholic church- it was Easter Sunday (see this post: http://goo.gl/4pUHW )- we were taken to the Giant Goose Pagoda. In the gardens was this little tree standing alone, surrounded by all the green shrubs and evergreen trees. It stood out, well, like a red tree among the green.

I took two shots, neither of which pleased me, but I combined them into a single frame with Photoshop's photomerge, then added a sky to replace the washed out grey. There are a few other adjustment layers, for example the concrete and rock in the lower right corner were too bright, so I brought down the levels and adjusted the color channels to get a natural looking tone.

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Giant Goose Pagoda
Xian, China - April 2009

The day we visited the #GiantGoosePagoda  in #Xian , the skies were a uniform grey. Most everything was dulled in the shadowless light. I had an idea that I would take a series of hand-held shots to make into a vertorama later, but . . . well, I missed a bit here and there and it didn't work out the way I envisioned. Here, then, is the "central" photo of the series.

This photo was processed in #Lightroom5  and #Nik   #SilverEfexPro .

#Travel   #China

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