Louis Lo  

Silent Night by Louis Lo

November 2021 - Silent Night

November 2021 - Louis Lo


About the Image(s)

This image was captured in Hong Kong few days ago, the bridge in front have Red color lighting across entire bridge,
which also dyeing the sea like red wine as well, very attractive ! I grapped the timing just lighting up during after sunset to capture it.
I used my camera Fujifile GFX 50R with Hasseblad HC 28mm lens, ISO 100 f/5 10s,
cropped the image for just focusing on those lighted bridges and dyed sea, adjust the color and brightness/constrast by PS/camera raw

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is very striking, especially with the 10s exposure making the colored water smooth and magical.
I have been to Hong Kong 32 years ago. These bridges are probably new. What do they connect?   Posted: 11/04/2021 23:22:13
Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Thanks Stephen, this bridge named Ting Kau Bridge and connect the Tsing Ma Bridge (faraway one), and can direct drive to airport.   Posted: 11/05/2021 07:54:49
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
When I was last there, we landed at the old airport, whose runway ran from the land out into the sea, and appeared very short. I asked the cabin attendant if any planes every overshot the runway and went into the sea, and they replied that it happened from time to time (I hope that was a joke).
Then they built the new airport on an island, and I recall that transport was by high-speed boats to the city. Evidently, bridges have now taken place of that. Is that right?   Posted: 11/05/2021 11:11:34
Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Yes, you are right.   Posted: 11/05/2021 16:27:04
Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Thanks Stephen, this bridge named Ting Kau Bridge and connect the Tsing Ma Bridge (faraway one), and can direct drive to airport.   Posted: 11/11/2021 04:35:36

John Kelly   John Kelly
A truly beautiful photo of a night scene. Never having been to this location doesn't really permit me to truly appreciate it entirely. Great photo and editing.   Posted: 11/07/2021 20:58:12

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Louis Lo, magnificent image! I like the way you used the bridges as a compositional element directing the eye of the viewer deep into the image. At first I thought you used a neutral density filter and long exposure to obtain that smooth flat look in the bay, but you wisely lowered your ISO and shot it for 10 seconds. It takes exceptional skill to balance the light and get the effect you got. My only suggestion, and it's a minor matter, is to consider deleting the bright white set of lights on the bank on the lower left side of the image   Posted: 11/08/2021 17:22:36
Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Thanks for your comment Charles, actually, 10 sec long exposure time was not enough to smooth flat the water, anyway the original effect was not satisfied, so I adjusted it by motion blur in PS.   Posted: 11/11/2021 04:39:31

Rich James   Rich James
Wonderful image! First the cool colors are remarkable from the deepest purple to a beautiful lavender. But the converging bridges with the city in the background and the stars up above make it very special. I wouldn't do a thing different. Beautiful.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:30:17
Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Thanks James.   Posted: 11/11/2021 04:40:27

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Very well done and the sharpness of the elements is outstanding! I agree with Charles on getting rid of the bright light at the left as it draws the eye down when it should continue to the right. You already have a fixed point with the blue bridge structure and then the lights bring the eye to the right. The foreground bridge upright (what is that called?) is set at the 1/3 line. I love the color of the water, which sets a mood. Well done!   Posted: 11/24/2021 10:02:07

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Louis, Your success factor is cropping the photo from portrait format to landscape format without losing any detail and color of the photo. I really like your long exposure to calm the water and show the pink color of the lights on the bridge. The only downside is that if you want the water to be flat, you can take 10s, but can make the light on the top of the bridge's slings too bright, which can be corrected by taking several different shots under bracketting. Another nice point in the photo is that you have added a very nice detail that is nesting another bridge at the bottom of the big bridge, it creates a very nice frame. I would like to see the bridgehead in the right corner clearly, but maybe because you plan to shoot with foreground portrait format, don't expand it. Thank you, I know you spent a lot of time on this highly technical photo. Best regards   Posted: 11/27/2021 22:08:43