Ways of Light – Hongkong, China

Picture Edit:

Another sunset shot – sunset shot? Yea, it’s Hongkong so real colorful sunsets are quite rare. In this case, I waited from sunset to dark but the colors of the sunset didn’t turn out so well. So I decided to use the blue hour as main frame. Main work in this picture is to combine light trails to get it more intense. The technic is quite simple, just choose the picture with intense light trails and copy them into your picture and use the blend mode “lighten”. If you see that something else is visible besides the trails, just use masking. Beyond that, remove some stuff you are disturbed by, like the little sign on the bottom, people/cars… At the end the “normal” color, sharpness, contrast tuning and you are done.

Camera Setup:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 11-24mm ƒ/4L @11mm, ƒ/11, 6 frames 3,2s-30s, ISO 100, on tripod, triggered by remote control


Like every picture, also this one started with finding a/the location. In this case I found my favorite spot in Hongkong, China. Hongkong has so many great spots but you get also very easily lost in this city. For Hongkong I use a lot GoogleMaps to find interesting spots. This makes it much faster and you can plan even before your trip. The bridge from where I was shooting in this case, I also found by this method. I was just virtually driving around figuring out how to shoot the skyscraper and getting a kind of interesting foreground. The bridge is accessible via one the one million malls next to Hong Kong station. As it is super wide it is a piece of cake to put out your tripod and start shooting. If shooting would be so easy everywhere, I would love it. Spot is marked in the map so check it out – or even better find an even better one close by?

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