Wenhua Hall

Wenhua Hall is in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

I understand it used to be where the emperor’s heir would discuss political issues. Not sure what it is used for now, other than a background to tourists taking their picture, resulting in a long wait for me to get a shot without people in it.

It’s odd. If I point the camera at a group of women they look at me as if I had just invaded their privacy and offended them greatly, yet point the camera at a building and they’re happy just to walk into the scene oblivious to the fact I’m there.

I’m not sure, and I think I need to conduct further research into this, but I think my camera must therefore be some sort of invisibility cloaking device. I think if I simply point it at a subject, say a bank vault, then I must immediately be invisible to anyone nearby. It’s only when I point the camera directly at someone intentionally that they will notice me.

I reckon could probably get away with stealing the Eiffel Tower using this method.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s