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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300S
Shutter Speed
300/10 second
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F/16.0
Focal Length
11 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
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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:iconhexlord:
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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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure, go ahead.
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:iconneonblack420:
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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:iconandriacarissa:
andriacarissa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Many techniques used in this picture. Great!
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:iconjuubiee:
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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:iconranklord:
ranklord Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent photo !
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:iconnnonsensee:
nnonsensee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
big city life ♥
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:iconek9-chick:
EK9-CHICK Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
great photo
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:iconnishant2110:
nishant2110 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist
nice shot!
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:iconozly1572:
ozly1572 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
amazing!
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:icondmario84:
dmario84 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Again you never fail to amaze me with your shots. Awesome!
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconrovers92:
Rovers92 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
really cool!
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:iconvipkate:
vipkate Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
it is very pretty :)
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:iconmatthewngphotography:
Great shot! But perhaps you could correct the tilt a lil :)
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I always have the impression that even the slightest adjustment to the tilt will affect the balance and composition of the photo. But thanks anyway for the comment. :D
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:iconmatthewngphotography:
Ah. Yup I agree too. Sometimes it's an initial mistake that can't be corrected. xD
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:iconparadust:
paradust Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
brilliant! what lens and what camera?
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Tokina 11-16mm, camera is *points to the EXIF data on the right* XD
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:iconparadust:
paradust Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
doesnt say "tokina" - should have figured it out though - focal length and characteristic flares make it a rare piece of glass. got one myself :D
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:iconvectorlink:
vectorlink Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
great shot ^^ what was ur shutter speed?
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
*points to EXIF data on the right* XD
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:iconvectorlink:
vectorlink Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
>< failz, thx ^^
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:iconneven-ebrez:
Neven-Ebrez Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
You just an awesome photographer all around. I listed you as my fav on my profile page. ^^

I just love your work.
:iconilavplz:
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! ^^
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carlos170691 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a very spectacular view of Singapore..
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconamritvirk23:
amritvirk23 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
gr8 shoot.... very ice :)
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Banan6-PancaKes Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
great picture :) awesome!
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:iconaglaira:
Aglaira Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Photographer
Good work!
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:iconjpgmn:
jpgmn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!

This deviation was feature here: [link]

Cheers,
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the feature ^^
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:iconadvent-seer:
advent-seer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Strongly reminds me of the Times Square at New York. :3

However, it looks fantastic! I love the the lights and the perspective of this shot of yours! :love:
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, really? ^^

Thanks ya :hug:
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:iconadvent-seer:
advent-seer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Yes, for me. It's because of the middle that's right in the middle. x3

You're welcome! :hug:
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dannsegoshi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Loved the shot! The colours, composition and framing! ^^
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Long time didn't hear from you, thanks for dropping by :)
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dannsegoshi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Yeah! Long time.

Blame my college, swine flu and the insanity of my teachers. I'm in the academic hell, short deadlines, difficult tests with no more than 3 days to study about the subject and etc.

But now I managed to organize my schedule, thanks God. ^^
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Slice-the-Rainbow Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Wow that is just so clear!
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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sleepybadtzmaru Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
nice, how long did you leave the shutter open?
very cool pic.
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
30 seconds, as shown in the information there. ^^
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:iconsleepybadtzmaru:
sleepybadtzmaru Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
oh sorry, i tend to skim over things and not really read them. i will from now on here.
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gamefan23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
And I thought L.A. was the city of Angels.
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh :)
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pinkyluxun Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just Wow *0*~
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks ^^
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SDF-2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Am inspired to try this for my next trip in Central District, Hong Kong.

Hope the gangsters do not extort from me for protection fees.
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