The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. Several walls have been built since the 5th century BC that are referred to collectively as the Great Wall, which has been rebuilt and maintained from the 5th century BC through the 16th century. One of the most famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains; the majority of the existing wall was built during the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. The most comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has recently concluded that the entire Great Wall, with all of its branches, stretches for 8,851.8 km (5,500.3 mi). This is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) sections of actual wall, 359.7 km (223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

Photograph taken at Badaling in 2008.

Photograph taken on Lumix FZ-18
Photograph tilt shifted in Photoshop CS4, then saved as 3 separate images with adjusted exposures (-1,0,+1), then tone mapped in Photomatix with final processing and conversion to jpeg in Photoshop.

Others you may like:

Others you may like.

!http://ih3.redbubble.net/work.6389441.1.lp,375×360,b,s,VGhlIEdyZWF0IFdhbGw%3D.jpg!

Tags

great wall, china, beijing, badaling, hdr, wall, great, ancient, peoples republic, tilt shift

Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

View Full Profile

Comments

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Luke Griffin

  • bubblehex08
    bubblehex08almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Bubbs.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Clive.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Ólafur Már Sigurðsson
    Ólafur Már Sig...over 3 years ago

    It looks like a miniature model. Nice work.

  • Thank you, that’s exactly the effect I was hoping to get.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • Cheers Kathy.

    – Luke Griffin

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait