Hong Kong Skyline

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 16 2010

Category: night light

1 Comment

Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:135mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Playing with Focus

I love the possibilities presented by long exposures and bright lights in darkness.  I frequently experiment with shaking the camera, zooming in/out, and more recently spinning the focus ring during an exposure.  This last technique produced this image, where lights, while in focus, are tiny and concentrated with a distinctive flickering, but grow into soft conical shapes when blurred.  For better or worse, I’m a high volume shooter – especially when playing with lights like this.  I’ve figured out how to consistently reproduce perhaps 10 different light formations from my time spent playing with this material, this particular one being a first for me on the night it was shot.  This was one of 600+ exposures shot across the water (on the Kowloon side?) to the fanatically lit-up skyline of downtown Hong Kong.  Minimal color adjustments and other tweaks performed in ACR.

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One comment on “Hong Kong Skyline”

  1. Luminescent tadpoles, all racing in the same direction.


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