Louis Lo  

Hong Kong City Temple by Louis Lo

April 2021 - Hong Kong City Temple

April 2021 - Louis Lo


About the Image(s)

The temple in the city of Hong Kong, it will be lighten up twice a month at lunar 1st & 15th. The best time for shooting is the temple just lighten up while the sunset color hanging on the sky, however, the sunset color was a bit early than the temple illumination, so that this image is combined by two images. The picture was local adjustment the brightness and shadow by PS and camera raw .

The mountain on the back is named Lion Mountain, which is well known and representative mountain of Hong Kong, and the temple has a history of 100 years, the COVID-19 testing station just setup in these below, it’s a contemporary image that I thought….

These images was shot by Fujifilm GFX 50R, with Leica M 50 1.4 lens, ISO 100 f/11 about 1/20s

9 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Nice improvement. Here again comes the question of using outside sources to improve our images. When the image is for a competition or similar, we must obviously follow the rules of the individual situation; however, I am all for reasonable free range in other situations. I don't really think there's a right or wrong here   Posted: 04/06/2021 12:40:16

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Louis, for me the two most important elements of the image are composition and lighting. I feel that you have done an excellent job with the composition in capture and post - creating three very interesting layers - the temple, the mountains and the sky. I went to Photographers Ephemeris and checked the location of the temple and the Mountain to make sure that the lighting in the sky was correct and (as you said) it is.

The brightness of the temple certainly catches and holds the viewer's eye. I think that is what you intended. From my experience the only change I would make is there at the temple. It seems to me that the temple is just a bit too bright and I would darken it just a small amount.

Nice picture. Thanks.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:05:49

Rich James
Louis, great travel photo. You definitely brought attention to the subject with your post processing. I was interested to see the number of people in front of the temple, are they in line to visit the temple? Although I like the sky replacement, I do think it detracts from the subject, so it could be toned down. Also, I would try to erase the the street sign and pole at the bottom left as my eye was drawn to it. All in all, nice job.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:53:41

Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Thanks Gary, James,
I adjusted the image as your comment.
The COVID-19 testing station is just temporary setup in front of the temple, those people are queued for testing.   Posted: 04/08/2021 03:02:53
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
I think this version looks much more realistic.   Posted: 04/20/2021 08:49:47

Louis Lo   Louis Lo
  Posted: 04/08/2021 03:05:04
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Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
When I first saw this I thought of the old Howard Johnson's restaurant near my home when I was a kid because of the roof coloration. Strange what memories images can conjure up from forgotten storage in one's mind! Normally I like "juicing" images up but Gary and James were correct about the top left sky coloration and your adjusted image does look better. I like the DOF from foreground to the temple, to the high rises and mountain. I like how the shrubbery at bottom right points to the temple ... so much so I cropped the image from the bottom and got rid of the pole at bottom left that was a distraction. You did a great job here and it is inviting!   Posted: 04/10/2021 17:57:24
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Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Louis, I really like the layers of the picture. The replacement sky of the image makes the color rich and interesting than the original image. This image was taken with right time, so the temple is the main subject and it was outstanding. You did a very good job.   Posted: 04/14/2021 22:55:46

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Quang Phan, with this image, the viewer at once experiences a familiar and unfamiliar place. It captures well the integration of western and eastern cultures in Hong Kong. You were astute to merge the sunset image with the other one. The sunset sky adds so much to this photograph. Even with a slow shutter speed you captured the details of the people in the lower part of the frame, which then adds a human narrative to the story.   Posted: 04/20/2021 22:39:30


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