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RavenHawk58 October 04, 2016
Great shot. I have to learn this technique.
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tonyafricano December 08, 2016
Love it! Love the Sony a7rii, too ;)
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anthonymannion January 11, 2017
awesome
 
shelleymillercampbell August 06, 2017
I love this picture, it's stunning!

City Streaks



Another popular spot to take photos in Hong Kong with lots of traffic and a beautiful view of the skyscrapers. I was pleased with how this one came out....
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Another popular spot to take photos in Hong Kong with lots of traffic and a beautiful view of the skyscrapers. I was pleased with how this one came out.
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Contest Finalist in Lapse Of Time Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Long Exposure Experiments Photo Contest
Winner in City night Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Long Exposure Games Photo Contest
Runner Up in Lapse Of Time In The City Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Lapse Of Time In The City Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the Central District on Hong Kong Island, and it seems as though this location is both popular and familiar among locals.
Time
I was really pleased with this image once I completed it. I had seen the image around different photo websites and I knew when I visited Hong Kong I had to try my hand at it. I ventured out in the evening with only a vague idea of the actual location itself. I wandered around for an hour or so before finding the location around 9:30pm when the city lights were still illuminated. It was really cool to see the pictures of this location really come to life as soon as I found the spot on the pedestrian bridge.
Lighting
I tried several different exposures in order to get some nice streaks from the car lights. The light from the buildings also had to be correct so in composing several exposures I had to maintain balance while also getting some of the clouds in the sky. Despite wanting a bit more illumination in the sky I think the image turned out quite nice using light and motion.
Equipment
I took this photo with my Sony a7RII with the 10-18mm f/4 wide angle lens attached. I attached all this to my Promaster ball-head tripod while using the Sony remote trigger to avoid shake.
Inspiration
I had seen this photo several times floating across different photo websites when searching for photos from Hong Kong. I only went to Hong Kong for the first time a few months ago and knew that there were many places, including this one, that I wanted to visit and shoot some photos. I was excited to try my hand at this location because I have always found it to be very awe-inspiring every time it pops up. The movement and different angles really drew me into the image and inspired me to make it mine.
Editing
I had a good idea what sort of post-processing I was going to do before taking this image, and it was a bit less labor-intensive than I anticipated. I layered the photos using the "lighten" feature in Photoshop then proceeded to copy, move, and trim the car lights to make them more dense. Overall, the post-processing wasn't too extensive.
In my camera bag
In my Canon backpack adorned with flag patches from every country I have visited I carry my camera, all four of my lenses along with the essential accessories I may need on any outing. I always have a minimum of 2-4 batteries fully charged, several cloths for wiping my lenses, charger, and a pen and paper just in case I need to take notes, or in the rare case that my phone is dead, I can scribe the information of anyone I meet while traveling. Of course, I also have a strap on the outside for my tripod in case I will need it whenever I am out and about. Don't forget the memory cards! I always carry 2-3 memory cards just in case I fill one or happen to leave one at home plugged into my computer for editing.
Feedback
Just keep trying new things and always continue to expand your skills and techniques. I am constantly learning new techniques, getting good at them, then moving on to find something new to learn. Every failure is a learning experience, every success is a step in the right direction. Get better and better and never give up on yourself.

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