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"castle in the air"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 1 June 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I was caught by this unusual sight of the harbour misting over... but it's only minutes before the mist was gone.
The newest skyscrapers (West Kowloon) and the Central Reclamation Site, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/680 second F/4.1 ISO 100 14 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...

k@ from Paris, France

First of all a fabulous vantage point, and then what an atmosphere ! Your palette of grey here is so rich, soft, deep... and yet it is a pic in color, isn't it ? Mist.... erious & fog...orgeous !

1 Jun 2009 5:21am

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Wow this is such a powerful shot Hugo. I love the muted tones and the superb composition. There's something very sci-fi about the background.

1 Jun 2009 5:51am

JamesC from portland, United States

Futuristic and something out of the movie, reminds me of the city of alantis. Glad you got this with the mist, made the image IMHO.

1 Jun 2009 6:34am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

What a surreal scenery!! Excellent composition!

1 Jun 2009 6:58am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

I love the misty light and muted tones Hugo!

1 Jun 2009 7:22am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent composition! Beautiful atmosphere! J'aime!!!!

1 Jun 2009 8:06am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

excellent point of view and misty atmosphere ! something surreal, like a science-fiction movie. a very powerful image !

1 Jun 2009 8:37am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Also very contemporary design!

1 Jun 2009 2:18pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

wow.. you were on right place and time to catch this fantastic misty scene . Stunning shot !

1 Jun 2009 2:49pm

bruno from les Ollières, France

Excellent point of view !

1 Jun 2009 2:55pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Lovely romantic mood in this misty almost mystical picture....softly muted tones make for a truly enchanting image! Brilliant work Hugo!

1 Jun 2009 5:36pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Hugo, this is just AMAZING!!! I've never seen such mist in the harbour before - and you happened to be in the right spot just in time. The unconstructed new tower, and construction site in the fore, really make this whole image so special. I might be tempted to play around with it a bit though, just to see how it looks in B&W with slightly darker midtones to make the cloud shadows heavier - but that's not you, I know ; )

1 Jun 2009 8:15pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!!! Neither have I seen such mist before!:-) Regarding b&w conversion, when I noticed that desaturating the image a tad could bring out some mysterious atmosphere, I did further convert it to b&w (and sepia too). Strangely, without adding to the mystery, it took away the charm... so I ended up with this slightly muted version. But as you know me too well, I'm just not a fan of digital art. Have a great day!

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


1 Jun 2009 8:15pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fabulously atmospheric shot, Hugo. I like this a lot. Great title.

2 Jun 2009 12:22am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I love this one Hugo. The mist along with the muted tones make for a wonderful photo.

2 Jun 2009 5:42am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great quality in this shot, the mist here puts a veil of fancy on this fantastic building. I like it in color, indeed.

2 Jun 2009 5:51am

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

I love the image just the way you have shown. Lovely.

2 Jun 2009 8:12am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a STUNNING composition and an amazing shot Hugo!!! top notch -- 5 stars!!! bravo!!

3 Jun 2009 3:18am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Impressive indeed. The way you've distributed the space is very fine.

4 Jun 2009 6:36pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

what an enchanting image Hugo! I love the atmosphere created by the fog. your composition is superb!

5 Jun 2009 11:42am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the feeling of mystery, of emerging, or becoming something huge out of the fog.

5 Jun 2009 12:17pm

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1/680 second
ISO 100
14 mm