To round off our mini China tour with the mother-in-law we went to Beijing. I had (for once at least) a plan as to the kind of pictures I was looking for. This is definitely easier to do once you know where you are going and what you are going to see.
The idea was taken from the Winner of the TPOTY competition. His were almost, but not quite, silhouettes of Paris to give nice monochrome graphic images. I'n not sure I got what I was after but I do like the first two in particular.
This time we were determined to see the inside of the Forbidden City. Which is the world's largest wooden complex of buildings (or something). However, to have a chance of seeing it before it became mobbed we went early and to start with here are the shots taken outside of the moat that surrounds it,
Once inside, it is certainly impressive, but I think a bigger effort is needed if we want to avoid the crowds. The guide book said enter by the North gate, early, avoid the crowds. We messed up and missed the North gate and by the time we got round to the main entrance it was busy! Apart from the exit, (by the North gate ironically enough.) the crowds weren't too bad, even for me, as it is massive.
Then, its quickly back to the Black and White and an interesting tree to finish the Forbidden city
The final part of this trip to Beijing was spent in wandering around one of my favourite bits (as I think I've said elsewhere). The 798 art district used to be the 798th armaments factory (Hence the name.) and has been taken over by art galleries and cafes.
Some of the art looks/has been abandoned which goes well with the big industrial buildings the surround the place.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.