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Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 16 July 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Must be one of the most photogenic skyscrapers in HK... Time really flies, wondering how many people would still remember that it's first called the Bond Centre - it was developed in the late 80's by the then Australian tycoon, Alan Bond...

89 Queensway, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/800 second F/3.4 ISO 100 8 mm

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Very dramatic. What a wonderful perspective with great composition and excellent detail! Really interesting designs in the building as well!

16 Jul 2008 5:38am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks alot for the nice compliments!!! Pretty interesting architecture, isn't it... it was nicknamed the "koala tree" in the early years!:-)

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful, Hugo - the clouds seem to be conforming to the towers.

16 Jul 2008 6:04am

@Stephen Phillips: Thank you Stephen! Yes, the cloud formation was pretty dramatic but it didn't stay long; I'm glad I was quick enough to catch this.:-)

Paolo from Italy

Very good framing, it looks like a giant LEGO artwork

16 Jul 2008 8:30am

@Paolo: Thank you Paolo! "LEGO"... yes, like your association!:-)

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

Un excellent graphique et un très beau noir et blanc

16 Jul 2008 9:02am

@Marie Le Corre: Merci Marie!!!:-)

neilanie from Carson, United States

tetris!! haha

amazing photo!!

16 Jul 2008 10:34am

@neilanie: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments!!!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Hugo... this is probably the best photo of this building I have ever seen! Such an 'old' building, that never seems to age (even when shot in B&W). Well done.

16 Jul 2008 12:35pm

@IanSmith: What a wonderful encouragement Ian!!! How to put it... I have been passing this building every day for years now but I was never so drawn to it before. Maybe it's the lighting, maybe it's the cloud formation... Anyhow, gratified that you like it too.:-)

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

I like the perspective
and your control ofhighlight and shadow

16 Jul 2008 1:13pm

@Pouhou: Thanks so much for the kind comments!!!

ashlee from HONG KONG, Hong Kong

nice black and white photo !~
& i really didn't know if once called bond ?!

16 Jul 2008 1:20pm

@ashlee: So glad to meet someone from HK!:-) Thanks for the nice compliments!

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

This is a great shot with very nice toning, Hugo! Did you intend to capture these towers as if 'falling backwards' or is this (very nice) effect a coincidence?

16 Jul 2008 1:23pm

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks alot Mirko!!! As I mentioned earlier, I have been seeing this building on my way to work almost everyday, but have never been so drawn to it as I was that day... To be frank, I didn't think much but just tried to capture it in the way it appealed to me in my mind's eye!:-)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

how dramatic! i thought they were totem poles! marvelous architecture! what a beautiful light and sheen to the dark windows... magnificently captured against the sky! :)

16 Jul 2008 3:53pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you DJ!!! Enjoy your description very much!:-)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Dramatic perspective.

16 Jul 2008 5:15pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you Ana!!

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Magnificent, bold composition, Hugo ... terrific idea to give it a little twist and shoot at a 45˚ angle!

16 Jul 2008 5:35pm

@Ron: Thanks so much Ron for leaving your kind comments and thoughts!!! They mean alot to me!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Absolutely amazing, this is an oustanding image Hugo, in building design, shot, and finishing.

16 Jul 2008 8:19pm

@Observing: Thanks so much for the wonderful words!!!

Martin Gervereau from Paris, France

super angle de vue .... qui apporte une dimension vraiment grandiose à la photo !!!

17 Jul 2008 8:27pm

@Martin Gervereau: Thanks for visiting Martin!!! You've got alot of inspiring photos!

Vink from Magagnosc, France

Like a lego building ! Well done !

18 Jul 2008 6:48pm

@Vink: It's nice to see you stopping by Vink! Thanks.:-)

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

I do indeed remember this as the Bond Centre, and remember it going up - as with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank going up, one of the markers in my mind where I clearly remember a change in the skyline. There was so much city growth a lot of it went 'under my radar' ...

24 Jul 2008 1:42am

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/800 second
ISO 100
8 mm