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Here's my contribution to the growing gallery of Forbidden city-pictures here at TE. I was quite fascinated by the little figurines on the roof ridges, didn't have a zoomlens at that time so this was the best I could get. This was one of the few days of my stay in China when there was clear weather, we had almost no rain but always a light haze - smog I guess.

The picture is rather noisy. I don't want to do automatic noise-removal because that would take away all the details on the roofs. After sharpening noise increased even more so I had to compress the file a little more than I would like to. I had a lot more of the rightmost roof on the original but I think this tighter crop concentrates better on the ornamentation. Editing also included contrast enhancement and tone-curve manipulating.

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Additional Photos by Simon Mitternacht (mitternacht) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 280 N: 267] (1839)
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