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Fantastic capture!
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spettacolare!!!
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Just amazingly beautiful, near perfection!
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It looks like a giant ladies slipper....Top notch photo!
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Lovely!
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I've performed there! Outstanding capture. Wow :)!!
 
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a breathtaking capture!! So beautiful.
 
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Moonstar Reflection



National Center for the Performing Arts reflecting in the lake, Beijing, China
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Behind The Lens

Location
I have taken the photo in front of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. It is a great example of the contemporary modern architecture that has sprouted across Beijing in recent years. Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, it represents ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was built from 2001 to 2007.
Time
This particular shot was made on 8:51 PM, July 12 2016. But I made a whole sequence of shots that evening, arriving at the scene around 5 PM, and staying until around 10 PM. My goal was to shoot through the so-called Golden and Blue hours, with the intent to create a time-lapse of the changing light. Since I had to move my tripod several times (it's a popular place), the original plan failed, but I still got some nice shots.
Lighting
Since the air quality was very good for Beijing standards, and I knew the Moon would be full, I wanted to capture the Moon rising above NCPA. Having been at the spot many times before, I had a pretty good idea where exactly the Moon would be in relation to the foreground. The key for the exposure was not to blow highlights in the brighter part of the NCPA, where the windows are showing the interior lights, but still get enough details in the darker area.
Equipment
The photo was shot with Nikon D7200. The lens attached was Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 at 11mm. It was shot on a tripod, with a cable release, to avoid vibrations. Exposure was set to 30 seconds at f8 and ISO 100.
Inspiration
The scene itself is very photogenic and certainly provides one of the best photo opportunities in Beijing, especially when the weather is good. Fantastic design of the NCPA is truly futuristic and when the air is clear and wind is not strong you can get a perfect mirror-like reflection in the lake surrounding the complex making it resemble a huge egg (actually, popular nickname for NCPA among locals is "The Giant Egg"). I have tried to take similar photos before (I spent four years in Beijing), but the obstacles were always twofold: Beijing smog and the fact I didn't own a truly wide-angle lens, which is compulsory for a shot like this. So, before, I shot panoramas, using a 35 and 50 mm lens but I was never quite happy with the results. Having bought wide lens, NCPA venue was among the first I revisited and I was rewarded with a fine weather.
Editing
I did basic post-processing in Lightroom, correcting exposure and white balance, and then I exported image to Photoshop, where I enhanced contrast and did some basic sharpening and noise reduction.
In my camera bag
On this evening it was just a tripod and one lens, Tokina 11-20mm, attached to Nikon D7200. Additionally, I am a fan of fast prime Nikkor lenses, so I may also bring 35, 50 and 85 mm f/1.8 lenses. I also own an old manual focus 50 mm f/1.4 ais Nikkor, which is great for low-light shooting, video work and timelapses (no flicker), as well as Nikon 55-300 mm lens, which I use for reach, but I find it's too soft on the longest end. Occasionally, I might use CPL or ND filters. Cable release is a must, but I should probable invest in a more stable, heavier tripod.
Feedback
Beijing provides apt photography opportunity, whether it's street photography, modern architecture, ancient temples or Great Wall landscapes. For best weather, I advise traveling in September/October or April/May. You shouldn't be discouraged by the smog, in that case it's always possible to stroll and shoot in Beijing's interesting old alleys - Hutongs. If the weather is great, bypass crowded Great Wall Badaling and head to unrestored sections of the Wall, such as Jiankou, Jinshanling and Gubeikou for truly fantastic vistas.

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