Bai Chuang Shyu  

Taipei City Mountain View by Bai Chuang Shyu

June 2020 - Taipei City Mountain View

About the Image(s)

My mother is living in a mountain village in New Taipei city. I visit her about once a week. From this spot on the mountain I can view a part of the downtown of the Taipei city. This image was taken by my Nikon D810 on tripod with f/36, 15 sec and ISO of 250. I waited there till sunset and light was on. The night cityscape was framed by tree leaves and grasses in the foreground. Post processing of the local enhancement in saturation and contrast was done by Viveza2 and finally was cropped in PhotoShop.

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11 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
A beautiful night-time cityscape image with the city lights blending nicely with the scenic layers of mountains in the background and framed by the leaves in the foreground. The lighting is fantastic and excellently captured. I particularly like the way the city lights leads your eye from the lower left to the right into the twilight sky.   Posted: 06/02/2020 06:51:34

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
A great night photograph but I'm not sure if the foliage on either side is adding to the image. The sky and mountains in the background work well.   Posted: 06/02/2020 12:09:04
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
Ray, thanks for your comments. My teacher of my first photographic school emphasized the image framing with placement of subjects in the foreground. Thus it becomes my taste by following that instruction. I do not know how to judge the pros and cons of the placing subject in the foreground. I admit that leaves and grasses are not particularly beautiful for framing.   Posted: 06/03/2020 02:55:23

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You took this at the right time to have the mountains in the background still visible. The lights of the buildings are spectacular and in focus. You have a great composition with the lights forming an S curve, leading me to the larger buildings to the right. I also like the composition of framing the subject and having foreground. In this image, the leaves on the right don't bother me, but those on the left are distracting to me because they are not in focus.   Posted: 06/04/2020 09:36:04

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
A beautiful, "blue hour" photo! I love seeing the city lights and then the rolling hills in the background. Nicely done.   Posted: 06/04/2020 13:23:28

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
nice night scene, is it 14-24mm, gauging from the angle? I'm incline to think either crop in more or use a narrower angle lens to still have the 101 tower and light in place but less of a frame intrusion. Although they are not bother me much, but might make this a stronger image, with more impact, just my two cents.
  Posted: 06/04/2020 15:44:08

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I agree with Ray that the foliage on the sides does not contribute well at night (but it might in daytime). But the shot is fine and dramatic in all other respects.
As I have mentioned before, I have a strong interest in Taiwan and Taipei, as we lived there in 1988-89, before the 101 Tower of course. Please tell me from which direction or location you shot this. Thanks.   Posted: 06/17/2020 16:40:36
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
Stephen thank you for your interest. The Taipei 101 is always the favorite and focus of photo enthusiasts. The location of this shot is taken from the mountain in the New Taipei city and is in the northeastern part of Taipei city.   Posted: 06/17/2020 21:08:36
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Is that mountain location the same as Yangmingshan, or is Yangmingshan further away? We used to live a kilometer past the National Palace Museum, and pass through the tunnel to downtown.   Posted: 06/17/2020 21:40:16
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
Yes, the place you lived is in the mountain foot of Yangmingshan. The Yangmingshan is famous for its nature beauty and is located in the north of the Taipei city. It has a amazing panorama view from this mountain. The location where I took the shot is in further east to the Yangmingshan.   Posted: 06/17/2020 23:34:24

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
This is a most beautiful cityscape photo of downtown Taipei City. I like that you have captured the image when there is still color in the sky but you can see the city light. The composition is very good because the line of hills in the foreground has an upward angle. The buildings are fairly sharp and the lights are colorful. But the best part, for me, are the hazy, blue mountains in the background. Great job! The framing foliage does not add to the image because it intrudes into the scene too much. A narrower frame of foliage would be better.   Posted: 06/17/2020 22:44:40