Photo: There I Stood In Grandeur, Guarding The Dead Emperor
Now I stand, immobile, unprotected, my painted-on uniform faded.

From Wikipedia: The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

April 2009

Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6

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Photo: Giants Among Us
But it seems someone else is pulling the strings.

That big terracotta guy staring down at you is a tad unnerving, but he'd have to break his strings to chase anyone down. He seems, perhaps, kindhearted, seeing as he's looking after the "little" one.

Apparently these giant marionettes were used in the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but now they are on display at the Terracotta Warrior excavation site museum, Lintong District, Xian, Shiaanxi Province,  China. Keeping in mind that the perimeter stanchions are typically 37 to 40 inches tall, you get some idea of their size.

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Photo: *Giant Marionettes - *
Friendly giants, though!

I've reworked this photo-- again. It's a "vertomrama" made from two horizontal aspect frames, handheld. I posted this a couple of days ago, but after seeing it online, I thought it was a bit dark. Also, the noise on the little "girl's" face and dress was annoying, so I ran it back into Photoshop and did a little more filtering. A version of this from a few years ago is also in my G+ China album (https://goo.gl/aHLnd4 ) done in an earlier version of Photoshop and its Photomerge function.

These characters were apparently part of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It must have been quite a sight. They now reside in the museum attached to the Terracotta Warriors excavation site, Lintong District, Xian, Shiaanxi Province,  China. The site is well worth the day-long trip to see.

Used almost exclusively in this reworking effort was   #LightroomCC2015  , except for a minor bit of clone-stamping that required a trip into   #PhotoshopCC2015  . I may yet try more plugins to further reduce noise and such, but at web sizes, this will do!

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Photo: Every Day Is Laundry Day In Shanghai
Modern, and yet not modern.

This was pretty much our first stop in Shanghai, straight from the airport. I was standing outside the restaurant before lunch, and I was fascinated by the clever methods used to hang laundry out of windows to dry in the open (if severely polluted) air and sunlight.

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Photo: Shanghai, China
Looking across the river from The  Bund
-April 2009

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*Giant Marionettes - *
Friendly giants, though!

I've reworked this photo-- again. It's a "vertomrama" made from two horizontal aspect frames, handheld. I posted this a couple of days ago, but after seeing it online, I thought it was a bit dark. Also, the noise on the little "girl's" face and dress was annoying, so I ran it back into Photoshop and did a little more filtering. A version of this from a few years ago is also in my G+ China album (https://goo.gl/aHLnd4 ) done in an earlier version of Photoshop and its Photomerge function.

These characters were apparently part of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It must have been quite a sight. They now reside in the museum attached to the Terracotta Warriors excavation site, Lintong District, Xian, Shiaanxi Province,  China. The site is well worth the day-long trip to see.

Used almost exclusively in this reworking effort was   #LightroomCC2015  , except for a minor bit of clone-stamping that required a trip into   #PhotoshopCC2015  . I may yet try more plugins to further reduce noise and such, but at web sizes, this will do!

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