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A Setting Near Xian, China

The Terracotta Warriors Live Here!

After spending a couple of hours touring the excavations and viewing the Terracotta Army in their natural, if somewhat ruined habitat, I emerged back into the sunlight to observe this area on the grounds.

I have to tell you, the sky didn't look like this. And the mountains were barely visible through the haze. If you're a pixel peeper type, I urge you not to look too closely- unless you enjoy that kind of up-close visual torture. This photo has been processed into a kind of submission. There are many serious flaws to be seen. Just take in the scene and move along. Please!

OK. First came several layers of de-hazing in LightroomCC, followed by replacement of the dull blue-brown cloudless sky with this one from California. There was also some cloning out of people in the foreground. All in all, there are maybe two hours of labor invested in getting to this state.

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*Giant Marionettes – *

Friendly giants, though!

I've reworked this photo– again. It's a "vertomrama" made from two horizontal aspect frames, handheld. I posted this a couple of days ago, but after seeing it online, I thought it was a bit dark. Also, the noise on the little "girl's" face and dress was annoying, so I ran it back into Photoshop and did a little more filtering. A version of this from a few years ago is also in my G+ China album (https://goo.gl/aHLnd4 ) done in an earlier version of Photoshop and its Photomerge function.

These characters were apparently part of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It must have been quite a sight. They now reside in the museum attached to the Terracotta Warriors excavation site, Lintong District, Xian, Shiaanxi Province, China. The site is well worth the day-long trip to see.

Used almost exclusively in this reworking effort was #LightroomCC2015 , except for a minor bit of clone-stamping that required a trip into #PhotoshopCC2015 . I may yet try more plugins to further reduce noise and such, but at web sizes, this will do!

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Not sure to whom, though.

I've posted a version of this before. When on a tour bus, one does not always get the choice of angles and composition that might be preferred. This is one of those shots- somewhere between Xian, China, and the Terracotta Soldiers excavation site and museum the bus drove around this under-construction monument. Just before turning right and away, I managed to fire off one shot.

This particular version is a composite. The original sky was empty and sort of a blue-grey-brown. The previous upload of this (http://goo.gl/WDOaAs) used a texture to disguise the plainness of the sky, but this time I thought I'd give it something more interesting from my growing collection of sky shots.

Used in this production were #Lightroom5 , #PhotoshopCC2014 , #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail and #TopazRestyle .

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Giants Among Us

But it seems someone else is pulling the strings.

That big terracotta guy staring down at you is a tad unnerving, but he'd have to break his strings to chase anyone down. He seems, perhaps, kindhearted, seeing as he's looking after the "little" one.

Apparently these giant marionettes were used in the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but now they are on display at the Terracotta Warrior excavation site museum, Lintong District, Xian, Shiaanxi Province, China. Keeping in mind that the perimeter stanchions are typically 37 to 40 inches tall, you get some idea of their size.

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The Mini-Cotta Choir

"Everyone sing with us!"

The authorized Terracotta Warrior replica factory workshop that our tour group visited was actually quite interesting. Besides replicating full sized (and very expensive) Terracotta Warriors for people to purchase, there is recognition that the typical tourist isn't going to part with that kind of money. There are several different sizes, therefore, from the aforementioned large ones down to these, which were about six inches in height.

I thought that as they stood there all proper, that they resembled a Men's Chorus like (for people of a certain age) Sing Along With Mitch. One wonders, though, what song would they choose to sing for us?

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The Watchers

They're so still, they look like statues!

So, at the factory where they make replicas of the Terracotta Warriors, there were these two standing on a porch, seemingly watching the tourists come and go. They really weren't very well situated, so I gave them this almost-square crop and a textured background (originally an off-white wall). The shadows of the Warriors and on the top and right edges of the frame are the result of adding an inner shadow to the texture layer with the Warriors and palm branches masked. The result gives some depth to the scene, and they don't look cut out. I like that!

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There I Stood In Grandeur, Guarding The Dead Emperor

Now I stand, immobile, unprotected, my painted-on uniform faded.

From Wikipedia: The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

April 2009

Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6

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