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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Fuji 100
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2009/11/20 Graveyard, Cemeteries and [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-20 7:05
Viewed: 1899
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Perhaps the most famous graveyard in Asia, right up there with the Pyramids & Pompeii, that of the Terracotta Warriers, in Xian. It was unearthed by a Chinese farmer in 1974.

This is Pit 2 of 3, open to the public, which is only partly excavated. There are 4 pits in all. The 4th is empty, & it's assumed that the emperor died before it could be completed. Soldiers, warriors, calvary & archers are located in the other 3 pits. Pit 1 is by far the largest.

Tripods are forbidden, but strangely, flash (which is useless anyway, in such a huge area) is allowed. I took a time exposure, using the rail as a brace. The layers of charcoal & ash, would suggest that the wooden superstructure originally housing the terracotta warriors, caught fire, and the whole lot collapsed, centuries ago.

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Hi Chris
Very interesting capture and historical place
Great details and clarity
Thanks for sharing

interesting capture, thanks for the note Chris

dd, île de la Réunion

Hello Chris,
Interesting story and well suited shot for theme. Crisp details and good light
Selahattin E

Why would tripods be forbidden?? WHAT?....oh well...this is nice Chris! Very different posting for the theme! It's amazing how creative folks are! I love the earthy colors in this!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-11-20 7:38]

Hi Chris,
A very interesting capture of this chinese graveyard with these Terracotta sculptures.
Very good light and accurate sharpness.
Excellent details which were a must to recognise the figures from the rocks.
Good work, my friend of this geological site.

Francis Xavier

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-11-20 7:56]
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Hi Chris
Must have been tough trying to make a decision as to what to photograh, its repititous yet so intriguing and educative.
Great shot for this theme.
Tripods forbidden because they could dig in and make more deterioration? Or because of limited space for visitors to walk without tripping over pods.?

Fantastic texture, POV and light here with an awesome write up about the history of this place. Your photos always tell an interesting story and this makes them even more interesting! Great work here Chris and TFS!



Hi Chris!
great clarity in bad conditions! nice composition! a neat presentation
best regards,

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-11-20 10:02]

Hi Chris,

This must be very interesting to see in person. I've seen articles on the Terracotta Warriers and it's great to see them so well captured by your lens. Just amazing! Have a great weekend.


Hello Chris,

This is just amazing, more fantasy than fiction!
Thank you for the opportunity to see this remarkable historical graveyard.
Under difficult conditions, you have captured a shot which gives good details and reveals colours, oranges and greens, which I would not have expected.

It is strange about the tripod ban!
I was not allowed to use a monopod in a museum in Germany and there were no crowds, vertually no people! But, like you, a flash was okay!
I reasoned that it was to prevent excellent quality phographs being taken which could possibly compete with the official merchandise. With me, I think they were being extremely speculative!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Chris - Great shot with an improvised tripod! Good detail and color.

Hi Chris,
Very interesting capture vith excellent contribution to the theme.TFS.


Boa noite Chris
Very unique post to the theme. Interesting and very well captured.
Have a good WE
My regards

Cet endroit si connu et si particulier permet une participation très originale au thème de la semaine. Une vision assez inédite du lieu.

Hi Chris,

Sorry, I missed this one - A great capture with very interesting graveyard with a great approach, in addition to wonderful contribution to Friday's Theme.

The colors and sharpness are well done with great clarity and maintaining nice DOF. Wonderful work!

best regards,

Hello, Chris -
Unusual and fascinating entry for the Friday theme - the Terracotta Warriors have always fascinated me. It is great that you saw them site in person. You did well with the details here considering your improvised "tripod;" the rough contour are brought out by the contrast and shadows. The broken figures scattered through the frame create a unique feel. Warm earthy tones. Well done!

Hi Chris
very nice place .....tfs

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-11-21 6:42]

Hi Chris,
very interesting and beautiful historical place.Well taken.Well composed.TFS.Necla.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-11-21 11:39]

Hi Chris

We often think of graveyard with tombstone and cross. But for other religion it may look different with all the same importance and meaning. The image looks a little as a mess, you should have clean a little before shooting. Just joking, it is obvious that archeological site are often messy. Tood exposure and focus. And of course good scanning treatment. TFS.


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