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Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area - China

Stretching over 72,000 ha in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the jagged Jiuzhaigou Valley reaches a height of more than 4,800m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. Some 140 bird species also inhabit the valley, as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda and the Sichuan takin.

I was very attracted to the strong pattern created by the heat from dark pavers melting the snow during the day but leaving it on the grassy borders. I accentuated the pattern by taking the shot very low to the ground and using a very wide angle. The L1 was able to be hand held at 1/160 at f13.

The water flow along these long falls was very attractive. I wanted to stress this by using a shutter speed slow enough to achieve this and managed to find a place where I could obtain a composition which assisted as well. I knew 0.6 sec would be slow enough and by using a tripod and stopping down to f22 on the L1 (with 2/3 exposure compensation to maintain detail in the snow) the final result was very pleasing.

I noticed how the tree reflection bought out the water colour in the lake so I took a simple composition which would not detract from the main point of the photo. The L1 at 0.4sec on a tripod at f20 held good sharpness through the scene. A two thirds stop exposure compensation was required to keep snow detail.

The very strong geometry of the snow clad roof lines was contrasting with the verticals of the prayer flags and the trees. The composition also used the contrast between the colours in the building and the black/white /green of the background. The shot was taken at 1/40 on f14 with -2/3 compensation.

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Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area - China
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