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Hong Kong at Night

June 19th, 2010

This is crop from an HDR panorama taken on May 9, 2010, during a hike along the Island Peak trail. I held the camera still against a railing, and each slice is created from exposures at 0.5, 5, and 13 seconds. It would have been easier to take the photos with a tripod, but i probably wouldn't have hiked as far, and probably wouldn't have gotten the same perspective. There is quite a bit of haze in the air, but at night it helped catch the light from the buildings.

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mm, Photomatix 3.1, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Lightroom 2.7.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Thomatis
about 4 years, 2 months ago
HDR images obviously require high dynamic range. - Simple. At night there is no high dynamic range. Yes there is still a 'small' range in the multiple exposures that may show just a tad more detail, but, all said and done there is no high dynamic range. Very nice shot all the same.
Posted By: Euphytose
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Nice, downloading it.
Posted By: 7wonders
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Wonderful.
Posted By: jrm125
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Great pic!

Any chance the full panorama is available anywhere (possibly for dual monitor)?
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Actually Thomatis, that's not true. Night shots can have a high dynamic range, especially when there are lights from buildings, street lights etc. To keep those from blowing out, while exposing for less bright areas, you need to do some blending or HDR.
Posted By: debichu
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Here's an earlier shot - same idea, and this is panoramic:
http://superjchung.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/hong_kong_night_skyline21.jpg
Your picture is newer though.
Great picture :)
Posted By: Jeffrey Picard
about 4 years, 2 months ago
This feels like an image out of Blade Runner or some such. I like it!
Posted By: Fates Hand
about 4 years, 2 months ago
wow , hate to be paying that electricity bill .. nice pic
Posted By: Thomatis
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@ chris gin,- In night shots were part of the image is totally dark, with no nearby illumination, you could expose for an hour and not bring out any detail. So an exposure of 1 hour OR the time it takes to expose buildings/ streetlights etc without blowing them should make no difference to the totally dark areas, I feel.

The least exposed shot should capture the highlights,- without blowing them,- and
The most exposed shot should display good exposure in the darkest areas without bringing out the noise.
Between these two, other shots should be at 2ev intervals.
Posted By: Lostnumber
about 4 years, 2 months ago
It's a nice shot but far too busy to be a background for me.
Posted By: BlackGary
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Very nice shot and very crisp! I love shots with a high amount of detail!
Posted By: J a Y
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Great shot, I really like it, very sharp. It reminds me one of my shot (http://click.copypaste.ch/?p=233). Good job!
Posted By: stubulman
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Simply spectacular--a feast for the eyes.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Thomatis is just off base here, a victim I think of too rigid a mindset. The proof is in the pudding or, in this case, the picture. This image captures far more subtle levels of light and color than the average, one click night shot and, at the same time, somehow avoids shadow noise. Clearly the wide spacing of the exposures worked here and was, thus, entirely justified. And, unlike many HDR images, it still looks natural. How can you argue with success?
Posted By: HugoLeung
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Thanks everybody for the praise. I am humbled.

Thank you WhiteDog, for so elegantly stating things. HDR is a complicated thing and is too often wielded bluntly. I will post the originals to my websites, so people can see the dramatic difference HDR can make, even with a night scene.

jrm125: I'll be finishing up the panorama soon. I'm missing a portion of the bottom right corner because i forgot to take a photo of the trees there, and i will probably have to use photoshop.
Posted By: SK-1
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I think your hike was WELL worth it! Thanks for a nice shot.
Posted By: Judy
about 4 years ago
You are doing some great photography here, keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

Judy
Posted By: HugoLeung
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Full panorama at:
http://www.hugoleung.com/2010/11/hong-kong-night/

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