Photo Friday – CITYSCAPES – Peter Stewart


‘Photo Friday’ is a weekly photography competition that Camera House Australia runs. Every week we choose a new theme and prize, and this week the winner was Peter Stewart who entered into our CITYSCAPES theme.

We asked Peter about his image, and this is what he had to say:

Q.What inspired this photo?

A. This photo was taken from the top of the peak on Hong Kong island. It’s a very popular photo spot for tourists and one of the “must have” shots people take when visiting. I travel to Hong Kong quite frequently so always try to fit in a trip up to the peak for this view. Weather here is quite unpredictable so many times the view is obscured by fog, haze or just general grey skies. For this particular shot, I wanted clear weather and more importantly, sunrise! I made the trip up in the middle of the night to capture the change in light as the sun rose over the horizon.

Q.What camera did you use?

A. This was shot on a Canon 5D MKII with a Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, on a tripod with a remote cable release to prevent camera shake between shots.

Q. What setting did you use?

A. The camera was set to ISO 100 and an aperture of f/11. Initially I was shooting in darkness so I had it set to ‘bulb’ mode and would fire off shots every few minutes starting with 1 minute exposures and then working my way to faster shutter speeds as the light increased.

Q. Did you edit this image, If so what did you do and with what program?

A. The idea with this image was to show the transition from night to day, so we have the buildings illuminated with the gentle dark skies, but with a hint of morning light peaking through. I had many images taken over an hour long period just before the sun rose, and at various exposure times. To edit this, I used Photoshop to mix various exposures taken at different times to ‘play with the light I wanted.

Q. Do you have any advice for our community photographers?

A. As this image was the result of one of the first times I had played around with the technique of shooting night to day/day to night, I would say that it’s important in photography to always keep trying out new styles of shooting and just experiment. You don’t need to have the fanciest camera in the world, if you have a keen eye for good composition and subject, coupled with the knowledge of how light works and how to tame it with your camera, that’s all you need to start creating stunning images.



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