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NIKON CORPORATION
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Sep 27, 2009, 9:11:22 PM
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City of the Night by hexlord City of the Night by hexlord
A view of Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) at night.

It's been ages since I went for a proper night photography outing, so this was the end result. I am not that satisfied with the shot yet, so most likely I am going to try again soon. :)

PS. And yes, for once I am not shooting cosplay :P

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Excellent use of motion to capture an apparently empty street...the glow-lines from speeding vehicles makes the image look surreal.

The thumbnail for this image is eyecatching, mostly because of the light glowing like stars in the lower half of the image which makes the viewer want to expand it and find out what they are. I feel that it takes daring and imagination to point the camera directly at a light source at night.

Which brings this critique to the next point: The photo evokes a wider perspective...there are more lights...more stars on the ground than in the night sky because of the heavy urbanisation. It is as if Singaporeans have replaced the natural beauty of the night with a constellation of their own...when they look up, all that most people on the ground will see are the skyscrapers. The city is so busy that the lights never truly go out.

The white, central building contrasts with the other buildings, which are of darker colour; but in itself does not become the focal point of the image. Instead it forces people to look in the centre of the photograph and take it as a whole, to form their own impressions of it.

The only negative criticism I have of this image is that without this subtle shift in focus, there is little that sets apart this photograph in terms of originality compared to the many similar cityscape photos that are easy to see in tourist brochures. But perhaps this could be a good thing...its just another city where humans have made the sky gone dark with their own little earthly lightbulbs.
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chickenfoot911 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
May I have your permission to use this photo as a background for a photoshop project, which will end up being used as a Facebook Timeline Cover?
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hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, don't think it is possible. Cheers.
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DarkNightZ24 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Photographer
hi there,
Do you mind if i use this image as research for my Night photography project for uni? Just basically asking if you mind if i print it and stick it in my workbook for research?

Thanks

Rowan
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hexlord Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure, go ahead.
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neonblack420 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Great lines in this shot. The darker building in the background help the front building to stand out.
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andriacarissa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Many techniques used in this picture. Great!
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Juubiee Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
this is the most awesome night shot i've ever seen in my lifetime, i can say.
Love this! <3
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ranklord Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent photo !
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nnonsensee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
big city life ♥
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EK9-CHICK Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
great photo
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