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4 Comments | Report
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi August 13, 2014
OMG, excellent shot !
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TheoShilton October 19, 2014
Thank you very much gondmagdi!
Nayeefa
 
Nayeefa January 21, 2015
Breathtaking!
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TheoShilton January 21, 2015
Thank you Nayeefa!
kaileymccall
 
kaileymccall July 28, 2017
Amazing photo
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TheoShilton July 29, 2017
Thanks Kailey!
skaimages
 
skaimages November 28, 2017
Brilliant capture
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TheoShilton November 28, 2017
Thanks a lot!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Marina Bay in Singapore, Malaysia in June 2014.
Time
The time of day was around 3pm in the afternoon. Prime heat and humidity time in Singapore and it really was a work out walking around the harbour. I also had to find a good angle to shoot the building as the sun was directly behind and I needed to block it out in my composition. I had limited time to shoot that day so I opted for a handheld shot rather than using a tripod as it gave me greater speed and flexibility when searching for my composition.
Lighting
The light in Malaysia and Asia in general is extremely bright on a sunny day. Compared to Europe or the US its really noticeable and you need to adjust your settings accordingly. I usually drop down to a small aperture (usually around f8) and keep a low ISO (Mostly 100-200). I nearly always shoot daytime shots at around 1/125 and then adjust the iso and aperture to compliment the light and avoid any blur of movement.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7000 and a 10-20mm Sigma lens to capture this image. Due to the size of the building and the limited distance I could get away from it when shooting I needed nearly all of the 10mm limit to fit my subject into the viewfinder. The shot was handheld and due to the distance and the good light in Malaysia a flash would have been redundant for this shot.
Inspiration
I really enjoy shooting architecture and am always on the look out for interesting buildings/structures when out and about. This particular shot was an obvious one to take for me. Marina Bay is full of amazing structures most of which are extremely modern some even slightly futuristic. As soon as I looked back from the opposite side of the bay I could see this office block standing tall amongst the others. I immediately ran back the way i'd come to grab this shot.
Editing
This is about as post processed as you can get! I took 3 RAW files and processed them in Photomatix Pro to create the HDR effect. For this I increased the tone compression, contrast, saturation and the black and white levels before merging to HDR. I then imported the image into Lightroom where I carefully adjusted the hue and saturation, the clarity, contrast and sharpness of the image and applied a slight vignette to bring out the shape and colour of the building.
In my camera bag
Most of my work is produced on the street and I have a comprehensive kit for that purpose. If I am out shooting I always make sure I am carrying a range of gear. Firstly I have my Nikon D7000 body as well as a battery grip and some extra batteries. You never know when you will find something interesting and sometimes a 2 hour walk can turn into 5 hours of shooting. Theres nothing worse than wishing you had more battery life to capture something. Regarding lenses I carry a range. Firstly I have an 18-300mm Nikon lens that is my go to lens and usually attached when i'm walking. I really like the flexibility this lens gives me and I can shoot anything from a low wide angle to a medium close up at all times. Secondly I have a 10-20mm sigma lens that I use for architectural imagery. I used this lens for the shot in Singapore and I rarely find myself wanting for exterior shots with a limit of up to 10mm. When 10mm just doesn't cut it I have 2 fish eye lenses that always do the job. I have an 8mm fixed focus that I find is a great substitute for the 10-20mm and then in extreme cases I have a 6.5mm fish eye if a focal length of 8mm really isn't enough.
Feedback
Always look around your surroundings. This look different from different places and its especially important when shooting architecture to look at every perspective you can find if you want the best image. Always have a wide angle lens with you otherwise you are going to fall short on most images. Once you have reached the 10mm limit with a normal wide angle lens you will need a fish eye if you are left wanting. I always carry an 8mm and a 6.5mm fish eye lens for exactly this purpose.

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