7 Things to try

Fine-art travel pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Ste­wart re­veals how he took this in­cred­i­ble tow­er­ing city shot

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Our creative projects to try this month in­clude tak­ing a dif­fer­ent view of a city, turn­ing still im­ages into an an­i­mated GIF and get­ting ul­tra-close to wildlife

The shapes and sym­me­try of th­ese build­ings is what fas­ci­nates me most. Tak­ing an ev­ery­day struc­ture that most peo­ple would ig­nore and find­ing a way to cap­ture it in a new and unique way in­spires me.

This shot was taken at a res­i­den­tial pub­lic hous­ing com­plex in Tse­ung Kwan O, on the out­skirts of Hong Kong. I fol­lowed my usual ap­proach of scout­ing the area dur­ing the day to take note of var­i­ous an­gles to try out, which helped me to find this view.

I then re­turned later that night, wait­ing un­til most res­i­dents were home to start pho­tograph­ing. Wait­ing around un­til later in the evening was well worth it, as there were then plenty of apart­ment lights shin­ing through the win­dows, adding in­ter­est and colour to my fi­nal shot.

Care­fully con­sid­er­ing my cam­era po­si­tion and an­gle is key to get­ting a strik­ing com­po­si­tion and a good align­ment in shots like this. To help with this, here I used a Nikon D810 fit­ted with a Samyang 14mm f/2.8 wide an­gle lens, mounted on a Gitzo Trav­eler tri­pod. I set the sen­si­tiv­ity to ISO 64 and the aper­ture to f/11, and used a re­mote ca­ble re­lease to take three ex­po­sures of 3 sec, 20 sec and 45 sec.

Later I man­u­ally blended the three ex­po­sures in Pho­to­shop. Tak­ing and blend­ing th­ese dif­fer­ent ex­po­sures en­sured that my fin­ished shot had prop­erly ex­posed high­lights in the colour­ful build­ing win­dows, as well as shadow de­tail in the night sky.

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