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Moon Pond at Xidi Village

August 20th, 2010

Moon Pond at Xidi Village in Anhui Province, China. An ancient village established in the 11th century.

Fujifilm F200EXR.

Comments from the Community

Posted By: Clyde
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Unique location and interesting, effective saturation levels. I do like it. Thanks :)

Something I can't put my finger on so I'll leave it to the others .
Posted By: only4now
about 11 years, 5 months ago
you greatly captured the old world feel with this photo - like it :o)

the only thing i would have liked to not see in the picture would have been not to see the people - it took away from the mood. other than that, good stuff.
Posted By: AnkurP992
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Finally, ive been looking for some unique locations on IFL. Im tired of seeing the usual Europe and New Zealand ;). If you have more it would be greatly appreciated =D

I wish there was more color tho, it looks a bit desaturated to me :/, but im sure thats just how it lookd in real life
Posted By: quicksand
about 11 years, 5 months ago
it's different, i'll give you that. but i'm not sure 'good different'. i kept starring at it because i haven't seen something like this before, but ultimately a wallpaper is supposed to end up on my desktop, and i'm not sure i'd put this there.

there's an undeniable unpleasantness about the scene, which is of course not the photographer's fault. i hear china, i think poverty, dirt, the pond must be full of persistent organic pollutants and sewage. it just doesn't look like a place i'd like to be at, as strong of an image as it is.

anyway, all that is just my subjective view, but objectively i think the picture would have benefited from the tourists being taken out. it weakens the photo's impact.
Posted By: D5K
about 11 years, 5 months ago
I like the colours like they are, I think they match the subject. Nice picture

Two minor things, I think je front of the house in the middle is a bit to bright and i also find the people in the photo a bit distracting, especially the reflections of their umbrellas. I tried to remove them from the image. Here is a link to the image, see if you like it: http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/1997/02344moonpondatxidivill.jpg
Posted By: Nex
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Like Ankur, I enjoy seeing a new location once in a while on IFL. This picture has so many different elements that I find pleasing. The water surface has a glassy quality to it, the cloudy atmosphere adds a rich background, the contrast between the "ancient" buildings and the "modern" people gives a fun "going back in time" perspective, and lastly the ducks in the pond are like the "garnish" or the "cherry on top" of this well composed photograph. I'd give it a 9/10 for a powerful, well thought out submission.

I can't find anything I dislike about it, and (as opposed to the other commentators) I find the people in the picture strengthen the photo's impact rather than weaken it. As a side note...

Don't let Chris Gin see what you said about his beloved New Zealand ;-)
Posted By: stubulman
about 11 years, 5 months ago
@AnkurP992, Chris Gin is "New Zealand." His shots are never boring to me.

I like this image a lot. It is something totally different from submissions heretofore. There certainly is a morose quality about it (which I like).

I did take the liberty of adding saturation, about +23, in Photoshop. It does make the image pop a bit more. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with the image as it is.
Posted By: Chris F
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Great shot and composition! You did a great job of making me want to be there. I usually prefer it when there are no people, but I agree with Nex that the people here add to the photo's effectiveness. It's great to see a village that's so old still be in use.

I wish that the sky was not edited in the way that it was. I can tell it's a sunny day based on the lighting and the umbrellas, and I can see that there is even blue sky. But the blue color has been almost entirely diminished. I wish it was more pronounced. Was that a decision you made, or a consequence of the rest of the editing process?

Overall, great shot. I really enjoy it.
Posted By: Von Sohn
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Great, great picture! It makes me feel a little weird, with the unsettling tone and ancient buildings. I think the people over there help it look a bit more alive; without them, it would probably become even more unsettling.


To me, there's nothing to improve. I really love it the way it is.
Posted By: AnkurP992
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Not dissing any of the New Zealand shots, i have plenty on my wallpaper cycle :). Id just like to see more places on my wallpaper

I'm putting something here cuz i have to, ;). But yea i did take this image into photoshop and raised the saturation by a tad bit. Livened up the sky a bit. But as I said earlier, more of china please =D
Posted By: Humbert
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Thanks for the comments, I actually made a mistake in the description: the village is called Hongcun, not Xidi (another village nearby).

The thing with China is there are a lot of people. The village is actually a tourist attraction, so was very crowded. Took a fair bit of patience to wait for only three people. Its up to you if you want to photoshop the people out.

As for saturation, I did recolour it. If you want the original colours, I've uploaded the original to:


Finally @quicksand, the pond is far from dirty. Due to the nature of Anhui's reliance on tourism, there is very little industry in the province. The water is diverted into the pond through a series of man made brooks from mountain streams. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site I expect its fairly well protected/preserved.

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