Study in silver and gold

Uploaded: October 13, 2003 10:26:35


Aperture f 8.0, shutter speed 15 secs, taken around 7.30 pm, just too late for twilight.


Ian Jones October 13, 2003

Jean. I'm impressed that you got away with f8 on this nicely coloured and composed shot. Don't worry about losing the colour from twilight. The greys in the sky and building compliment each other - a deep blue would have spoiled it, although sunset might have enhanced it (if the sun was setting on the buildings). The only criticism is that you've appeared to have cropped the main tower and the foreground object. #66295

Jean Young October 14, 2003

Thanks for the comments Ian. I think you're right about the blue sky - it probably would have been distracting in this shot. I didn't realise that I'd cropped the edge off the fountain - it irritates me too, now that I've noticed it. The crop of the top of the building was deliberate - there are two huge great poles reaching up into the sky and including their full length meant I had what I thought was too much sky in the picture. Cropping right at the top of the building was the lesser of two evils.

Jean #231585

donnalee cataldo November 05, 2003

What a beautifully composed photograph. I loved the shades of grey in the bldgs and the opposing designs across the bldgs themselves. I also liked the way the yellow lights of the fountain lit up the underside of the sprawling tree branches. The star formations of the street lights are also very soft and lovely. Very nice photo to look at and study. #257684

Sharon E. Lowe level-addict November 18, 2003

Congrats Jean! #271905

Murry Grigsby November 18, 2003

Congrats on your win, Jean!! #273249

Patricia A. Cale November 18, 2003

CONGRATULATIONS, Jean!!!!!!!!!!!! #273257

Kerry Drager November 18, 2003

Hi Jean: I agree with everyone else: CONGRATS ... an outstanding photo!! Kerry #273274

Cathy Shotz November 18, 2003

Jean...what a well-deserved win! Congratulations! Excellent image. #273724

Lee Teft November 19, 2003

Compelling, colorful, unique ... All rolled up in one. Congratulations on your well-deserved win! #274454

Jean Young November 19, 2003

Wow!!! I can't believe it. Thanks for the congratulations everyone.

Jean (jumping up and down in joy) #274458

Scot Wharton November 19, 2003

Jean, congrats on your win with this shot.

The perspective on this is very nice. I've been to HK Park and have shot that fountain and the other one in the background also, but never at night. (BEAUTIFUL) The "golden" fountain is so tall in person, but in your shot it looks so much smaller.

The BOC building looks so beautiful in this shot....again WELL DONE! #274764

Patrick Campbell November 20, 2003

Congrats on your win! Impressive low-light photo! #275192

Jean Young November 20, 2003

Thanks Scot and Patrick,

Scot, I've taken quite a few shots of the Bank of China recently - such a dramatic building.

Jean #275439

Gabriela Cunha November 20, 2003

congratulations, Jean!
:) gy #275493

Jean-Francois Schmutz November 25, 2003

Big Bravo on your Win, Jean !

JF #280253

Paula S. Masterson December 04, 2003

Way to go, Jean!! Congratulations and keep up the great work!!

Paula M. #288770

December 13, 2003

Great use of a long shutter speed to get blurred water and a rich warm ambient light. You should be proud Jean.

Shawn #294250

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