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victoria harbour & the skyscrapers...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 6 August 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Larger and clearer view

2IFC on the left (Central) and ICC on the right (West Kowloon)... and they have been accommodating such most "prestigious" tenants as HK Monetary Authority, BNP Paribas, Enrst & Young, Nomura, Financial Times, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse...

More from this tale of two buildings: "heavenly" & "sunset, harbour, city"

Central, Victoria Harbour, and West Kowloon, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/30 second F/11.0 ISO 800 23 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...

larans from Lund, Sweden

Impressing skyscrapes...and very impressing photography in those latest pictures and in the two older entries. Wonderful and always from you. Have a nice weekend!

6 Aug 2011 7:17am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A strangely expressive image which carries a sense of the character as well as the appearance of the harbor. Wishing you the best of weekends, Hugo.

6 Aug 2011 8:21am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a beautiful and very impressive view of this cityscape ! I love the soft colors of the sky ! have a great week-end dear hugo !

6 Aug 2011 8:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A stunning shot, Hugo, of impressive scale and perspective.

6 Aug 2011 8:45am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Superbe paysage urbain.
On se croirait dans un film de science fiction.

6 Aug 2011 9:02am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

the scale an perspective in this is excellent

6 Aug 2011 10:15am

Z from Shanghai, China

Beautiful sky! Very unique pov as it is different from most of the photos of the victoria harbour. Great work, Hugo!

6 Aug 2011 10:15am

Frida from Sweden

I'm from a very small town and can't imagine being on the top floor in one of those skyscrapers :-) Great perspective and sense of scale in this image.

6 Aug 2011 10:57am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent view of Hong Kong! I love the colors and all the details of this beautiful image! Have a nice weekend Hugo!:)

6 Aug 2011 11:11am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

impressive skyline and signature Hugo style...good work sir!

6 Aug 2011 6:41pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautiful city view across the sea...beautifully done as always!

6 Aug 2011 7:50pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Hugo, this is awesome! Your privileged vantage point, the perfect light, dramatic clouds... and all the DR and detail of the X100 - does it get any better than this?! (Thank's for the link to the larger - it really makes a difference). Looks like construction is beginning again - another new tower?

6 Aug 2011 8:15pm

@Ian Smith: Another new tower? No, just part of a massive roadwork project - The Central Wanchai Bypass & Island Eastern Corridor Link... Reclamation for commercial property development purpose is politically sensitve and has virtually come to a halt.

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

A really wonderful image, Hugo! The tones of the sky and the clouds are stunning. Excellent scale as well.

6 Aug 2011 8:42pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A rendering from the future. best…jf

7 Aug 2011 1:13am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

impressive indeed!

7 Aug 2011 1:41am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

I always appreciate your affection for the place you live, something that comes through well in your photos.

7 Aug 2011 5:05am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great urban landscape, full of details and color!

7 Aug 2011 5:50am

allan from Ban yok, Thailand

Gorgeous light and colours, so peaceful, top shot!

7 Aug 2011 8:46am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The larger version is excellent, so much sharper and vibrant. I particularly like the small ferry terminals fanning out into the harbour.

7 Aug 2011 11:54am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb view of HK from a different to the usual angle! good composition and nice clarity in hazy conditions - well done!

7 Aug 2011 1:27pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

fantastic towers !
best capture

7 Aug 2011 1:38pm

Ol from Aschaffenburg, Germany

i am stunned... very, very beautiful shot! hong kong owes you several favours for your free advertising i think ;)

7 Aug 2011 3:45pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Excellent picture from a superb point of view Hugo. Thats the thing about u - ur pictures are taken from such original angles and u really manage to find some amazing spots. thanks for all ur comments on my pics. i'm truly humbled. have a great week ahead. some day i shall visit u in hong kong since i'm not so far anyway. feel free to let me know if u ever come to shanghai :) Cheers!

7 Aug 2011 4:47pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragend! 5*

7 Aug 2011 5:28pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

It looks like a great place to visit !

7 Aug 2011 6:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A grand image, Hugo. I enjoy that you've included these two giants and the wonderful sweep of the harbor. You never fail to present us with lovely and memorable images.

7 Aug 2011 7:51pm

elena from torino, Italy

it is like tintoretto's views.... a few time later

7 Aug 2011 11:16pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

The scale is staggering Hugo, the construction site in the foreground looks tiny in comparison to that huge dominating building, are they still called 'sky-scrapers' ?

8 Aug 2011 2:21am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is breath-taking. A magnificent harbor shot...a pleasure to stop and study its beauty and information !!

8 Aug 2011 7:46am

k@ from Paris, France

I already wrote it on your other site but i repeat it here since it's a pleasure to see it again : i love your hight vantage point as much as the gorgeous mix of science-fi feel & timeless utopia, like in a futuristic novel. A piece of art crossed by a great inspiration. Something's magic in this image. How did yourself feel it ? I'd like to know. Have a very good week, HugOdear.

8 Aug 2011 8:09am

@k@: Thank you my dear! Your words always mean alot to me! Regarding my feeling, you probably won't imagine how mixed it actually has been... I admire all these architectural accomplishments, I really do! Yet, they have been built on land reclaimed from our beloved harbour, that has become more like a "river" today! I do miss the harbour I knew since I was a small boy... Just hope this pic is good enough to show the beauty of it!

k@ from Paris, France

I can understand that mixed feeling utterly, thanks for your answer that allows me to imagine now the ancient harbour below........ Even more magical.

8 Aug 2011 4:19pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous composition

8 Aug 2011 9:56pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

The skyscraper in the foreground can't even fit in the photo because it is so huge....such an incredible size!
This shot encompasses so much! Wonderful shot of the city, the harbor....mountains and clouds!!!

9 Aug 2011 12:15am

jani from Jonkoping, Sweden

very nice photo!

9 Aug 2011 6:20am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is almost unreal. LIke a dream. The light over the far tall building is magical and the sky worthy of any renaissance painting! It's just really beautiful, Hugo.

10 Aug 2011 6:34pm

Pierre from Lyon, France

Très belle photo - Félicitations !!

But please, please could tell us what is the level of Photoshop "improvement" done ?
Any possibility of seeing the original - untouched ?

22 Oct 2011 6:11pm

@Pierre: Thank you for the kind words! I have never been a fan of digital art and my photos are mildly "touched"... here's the "untouched original".

Pierre from Lyon, France

Thank-you for sharing !
That is very helpful to understand how you have taken such a great picture.
I can see that you were at the right time, the right spot, with the right camera settings !
Looking at both pictures side by side I can also see how a little bit of "photoshop work" improved the
"breath-taking" effect !
One can do so much with photoshop that tend to be suspicious ! Especially for street photography where from my point of view it should improved the least possible to match reality.
Thanks again / Pierre

30 Oct 2011 2:44pm

Arr D from Montreal, Canada

This is a terrific urban landscape! The two towers echoing each other makes the distance tangible. Although it is a spectacular place that lends itself to a good picture, your approach makes it an event : well balanced contrasts; just enough natural colors; and a great depth of field.
I enjoyed looking at the two versions (before and after touch-ups).
Enough talking : I want to browse some more !

13 Sep 2012 8:37pm

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1/30 second
ISO 800
23 mm