Photo Challenge: Landmark. The Great Wall of China

I visited the Great Wall of China, and I was exceedingly disappointed with my photos.  The air quality was so bad that I could barely see anything, and the photos were not good.    So, in response to Photo101’s call to photograph a landmark, I took a few dim shots of the Great Wall and photo-edited the heck out of them.  (I’m new to free online photo editors, so forgive me my indulgences, please.)

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

Great Wall 2

Photo 101: Water

 

Ely Black and White framed

 

Ely 10

 

Day 3 of Photography 101 asked us to take a photo that included water.  I took this picture recently in northern Minnesota, near Ely.

The original photo was color.  I  used a photo editing thingy to make it black and white.  I added a few other effects as well.   Which do you prefer and why?

I’m trying to understand when black-and-white is preferable to color.

 

 

 

Temple of Heaven, edited

Debra discovers free online photo editing!  Which version of the Temple of Heaven do you prefer?  I used FotoFlexer to experiment with special effects.

The Temple of Heaven, located in Beijing, China, was first built in 1420 and later enlarged.  Here the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held their Heaven Worship Ceremonies.