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Sky-high Fortifications
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Dipping and soaring like the wind-whipped tail of a kite, the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China runs along sharp mountain crests. This stretch is one of the "wild wall" sections, those that have not been rebuilt. The Great Wall is not a single construction but a series of defensive walls built sporadically by a succession of rulers—at a monumental cost in human toil, injury, and death. The exact combined length of its sections remains unknown.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS IV
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 100-400mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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