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Hong Kong at Night III

By Swarnadip    
Mong Kok
Hong Kong at Night

Tags: Hong kong Landscape and travel

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2016 6:24AM
The 0.5 second exposure has worked well allowing movement in the figures whilst at the same time nicely exposing the colour and electric light.

Thanks for sharing Swarna.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2016 2:23PM
If you wanted to capture the sense of bustling activity and bright, vivid light then I'd say you've done that ... a definite assault on the eyeballs!

Mind you, there's just so much going on here that it's difficult to know what to focus on. And that's why I like it ... there's no sense of calm, no safe harbour for the eye to rest on and that, in many ways, is the epitome of a diverse, manic, city life Smile

Your aperture's given you a good depth of field ... enough for me to look a long way down that street and still be able to see and clearly read shop signs and pick out details like the traffic lights. I love the feeling of movement in the people too, nicely balanced by the odd person standing still enough to record clearly.

I don't want to crop it - to be honest, I wouldn't know where to start even thinking about it! But what I have done in my mod is to tone down the reds; not so that they lose their vivid quality, but just enough so I can look at the image without squinting Grin

Not normally my sort of image, but it certainly conveys what I think you wanted it to.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1605 England
19 Feb 2016 3:42PM

No suggestions, because this captures the neon, glitter, and bustle of 'Downtown' pretty much perfectly.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2016 3:56PM
This is my favourite from your Hong Kong At Night series, Swarnadip.
I like all the bright colours and the activity that carries on into the night.

I appreciate that you will get ghostly figures when using 0.5s shutter speed, but the blurriness in the bottom of the frame, where people are passing very close to you, is a bit of a distraction for me. I wonder if it would have been possible for you to choose a shooting point where people weren't walking so close in front of you?

I have done a modification leaving all of your bright colours because I feel that is part of the overall scene. I have straightened the verticals, which I did just to see how it looked, and I quite liked the result, so kept it. I also cropped the blurry bits off the bottom and cropped both left and right sides too. I think this still contains all of the activity, but without the big blurs.
I did a few contrast adjustments, too.

It's interesting that you have a large photographic store on the right.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
20 Feb 2016 12:34PM
This is good.

Bright and colourful as it is, this is the type of shot that makes a first rate high contrast mono, so mod 2 is a version as an example.

Mod1 is the basis of the mono, more contrast



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