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Winter Solstice by foureyes Winter Solstice by foureyes
The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is enclosed with a long wall.
The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. Chinese thought of "The heaven is round and the earth is square",....
the emperors would offer sacrifice to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year.
This ceremony was to thank Heaven and hope everything would be good in the future.
The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty

I'm loving China
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Anupthra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
I'm feature your image in my journal here: [link] :aww:
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manj3d Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here on my
'All Things December' news article = [link]
Happy Holidays! :heart: :hug: :snowflake:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Great shot.
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YouAreViolentRed Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Student Photographer
Hi! You've been featured: [link]
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mAngox3 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008   Photographer
amazing atmosphere !!

love it.
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Chicagogirl11 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
Very beautiful!!:aww:

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MetalDready Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
I love the colours!!
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marcobat16 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
Wow.
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SweetNightmaresDear Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
The contrast between vivid color and dun, ashen stone is very striking and beautiful... The clouds really add something to the piece as well.
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NotAFake Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
To be perfectly blunt, I really don't think it's fair that so many of your deviations are on the top favourites list. I mean, you're an amazing photographer, but this site is filled with amazing photographers, and a lot of them get left out.
This is a nice shot, with the bland colours contrasted by that bright red, very nice.
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KingOfGonzo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
Love the sky
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Zweetchuck Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow:
thats so amazing i cant put it into words!
what camera did you use? n lense?
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:iconcastigator:
Castigator Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
Gorgeous photo. would you mind if i asked how you attained the effect of the balance in colours? Waht filters did you use?
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:iconprofesstional2b:
professtional2b Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
you want to die infront
stop plz stop
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MicrophoneMistress Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005
This is amazing! The color is gorgeous!
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freethan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
I really like the way the red, is like a ribbon left to float in the middle of the pic.
Nice effects, dramatic angle :)
Bravo !
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:iconshabzden:
ShabzDen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
beautiful shot...:) gr8 composition
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:iconsemperfiballa:
semperfiballa Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
I'm loving china as well
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:iconcilon:
cilon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005   Photographer
AMAZINGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!:+fav:
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JonnyBalls Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005   Photographer
that's AWESOME!
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:iconinfront:
infront Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005   Photographer
wow
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:iconfleetofgypsies:
fleetofgypsies Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Another world! Excellent reportage!
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DarkGoddess28 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of sacrifice would they make? :) I'm so eager to learn - cuz I feel like you are teaching us about China :p
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weepingtrees Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
I love how the red of the wall is the only real color in the shot. It really is beautiful.. :+fav:
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arwenita Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
loving it :heart:
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:iconwolfmaid:
wolfmaid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
everything in this looks so...surreal. i love the colors!
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:iconzhaffy:
zhaffy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Good colors, warm colors, i eat you colors :slow:
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:iconanagoge:
anagoge Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
Looks like something straight out of a game.
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Katie-Bach Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
Beautifuly done! :clap:
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:iconolego:
olego Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
I love the ominous clouds!
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Gazza-NZ Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
a splendid image
inspiring photography throughout your gallery

Gazza
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Matix411 Featured By Owner May 15, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh...
i would die to travel to a place like that.
i had no idea your work would be like this after i saw your latest deviation, but after looking at your gallery my god..truly inspirational.
i think i'll take an hour or so to browse it.
cheers.
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nuozek Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Its so interesting seeing you shoot a completely different culture, id love to see you photograph England. Id be really intruiged by your take on it.
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AsceticMonk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this photo so much, I am using it in my blog's header image. Thanks for all these wonderful photos!
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s-a-i-n-t Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
how do you get that contrast, clarity, colour and perfection in all your shots so easily?!?!?

another one of my favourites of yours... i think it is the minimalistic use of colours and excellent subject.

(i'm keeping this one in my inbox too) :giggle:
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s-a-i-n-t Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
how do you get that contrast, clarity, colour and perfection in all your shots so easily?!?!?

another one of my favourites of yours... i think it is the sinimalistic use of colours and excellent subject.

(i'm keeping this one in my inbox too) :giggle:
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thewill Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005  Student
the surreal colors, coupled with the splash of red, make for a brilliant photo!
i wish i was there... the honor, prestige, duty... wonderful
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couleur Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005
I had onced been to this place before, but by that time i wasn't really intersted in photography. I really regret no taking photos as an intrest, you should visit Kunming since you like china so much. Trust me you will love every moment of it
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anarene Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
gloomy day. <3 its gloominess is sort of apt.
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rogue-without-hands Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Have you been in the temple building itself with it's tremendous pillars?
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atribeofone Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
your gallery is wonderful - I could comment on so many images that my eyes/mind have been feasting on, but thought I'd just combine my comments into a single :jawdrop:

PS: I'm grooving on the square composition as well...very unusual to see it across an entire body of work.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
i await anxiously for the coffee table-sized book of your photos from China... and perhaps you'll give me a signed autographed copy and allow me to pay you in installments.

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Loa4eVER Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Beautiifull again:D.
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Dragon168 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
oh..

I love this shot !~!

:)
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Quandam Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
i love this kind of architecture. :crying: i want to go to china!
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korpse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005
This, for me, is just the most amazing picture. Simply fantastic, no two ways about it!
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horrorho Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
i want to bone this picture, it's so stunning :+fav:
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noctemvixen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
Another awe one! That red just stands out perfectly in this. I wish I was there to view this. My heart aches for it.
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Taf-like-woah Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005
Wow....just...wow
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1ted Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
nice!.. again
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Date Taken
Feb 3, 2005, 11:24:44 AM
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