A recent trip to Beijing resulted in a few hours to walk around the Forbidden City. The smog was almost unbearable – I didn’t recover for weeks after returning to the US. But, I did manage to capture a handful of images that I liked. This one of the fortress wall around the Forbidden City is interesting. I used Photoshop and Lightroom to work with what I had – the smog was amazingly dense and when I looked at the image on my MAC looked like a foggy day so I went with it. The result is here.
I love the image but it makes my heart hurt every time I look at it because I know the truth about what the people in the city are living with. The good news is economic development in China is creating an enormous working-class and eventually middle-class. The bad news is nothing in life is free and this is part of the price.
Abby had ACL surgery in September of ’13 so we were more than a little concerned that she would not be able to hunt again. We went out on Saturday for a short hunt at Black Meadow in New York’s Warwick Valley. We put four birds out and she found five – not unusual for Abby, she is always cleaning up after lesser dogs. This is a point on a Chukar (Partridge family) near the end of our short hunt.
The picture was taken with my new Fuji X100S at 1/1700, f8, ISO 320, 23mm (fixed). This is my first experience with the X100S and so far I am very impressed. The dynamic range in the shot was very high and I adjusted exposure in Lightroom with no noticeable noise or artifacts. Most of the adjustments for this shot were done in Lightroom with some retouching and blur added in Photoshop.