Crowd control Chinese style, just a short distance from the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing on the evening of the Opening Ceremony for the 29th Olympic Games. There were literally 1000s of military on every corner! It was a very humid evening and we felt very sorry for them all. They must have been baking in their uniforms!

Taken with Canon 40D, using 70-300 IS USM Lens at f4.6 and 170mm. ISO 800 and 1/4 second mounted on a tripod.


china, beijing, crowd, hot, hat, military, olympics, godber


  • wellman
    wellmanalmost 6 years ago

    stunning lighting – love how the sweat is focussed on

  • Cheers. I’m pleased with this, but can’t decide if I should a) sharpen slightly and b) do something with the white balance. Anyway, I wanted to upload it quickly whilst it was topical!

    – James Godber

  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonalmost 6 years ago

    Great composition & light. I love the detail of the sweat too, it adds to the moment.

  • Rob Davies
    Rob Daviesalmost 6 years ago

    Looking great, though I’d go with a different white balance myself. :)

  • I will get round to it, but it will probably be post Games! Thanks for looking in!

    – James Godber

  • wellman
    wellmanalmost 6 years ago

    I reckon the white balance is spot on – its what attracted me to it initially

  • KLiu
    KLiualmost 6 years ago

    I like the white balance. heading down there tomorrow morning!

  • Timana
    Timanaalmost 6 years ago

    I like it. It looks like something from an old movie and then you realise it was taken yesterday.

  • Thanks Timana. Thanks for dropping in and finding time to look at my work!

    – James Godber

  • inframefilm
    inframefilmalmost 6 years ago

    You got that Blue steel look… awesome photo

    great place to be right now… keep up the good work

  • Thanks so much! Appreciate it!!!

    – James Godber

  • Susan Moss
    Susan Mossalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture James, it looks really hot and humid, as I know it is

    JAMESHOLLOWAYalmost 6 years ago

    stunning photograph…the glint of light that hits the sweat in the night light is a visual and technical stunner….i am amazed….excelent work james….i have so much to learn about using artificial light….naturall available light is cool…but stilll have a big learning curve on artificial….peace out & best regards

  • Cheers James. More luck than judgement I think!! That’s the beauty of digital – there’s nearly always another way and you can compare…..

    – James Godber

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 6 years ago

    Wow..what a portrait!! Unreal..great work

  • Cheers Sal. There was no where to go while we waited for the fireworks so I had plenty of time to experiment! :)

    – James Godber

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