Long Exposure Photography at Blue Hour by Joey J πŸ“Έ


Making of a Photograph: Part 10 – Hennessy Road (Hong Kong)

This photo was shot in Hong Kong back in February 2016. I wanted to feature a signature view of Hong Kong skyline shot from The Peak (Victoria Peak), but I don’t have a convincing photo (despite visiting six times so far πŸ˜…), so featuring this street photo instead.

After arriving in Hong Kong early in the morning, I went to my hotel in Wan Chai first, left the luggage and rushed to this pre-scouted spot to shoot during the morning golden hour.

This is shot from a footbridge over Paterson St Tram Stop, using a tripod. It was bright enough to shoot handheld, but I wanted to use a slow shutter speed (1/2.5 second) to blur the motion and emphasize the movement of buses and trams, which I think fits the image of Hong Kong as a fast-paced city.

Hong Kong is like a cityscape photographer’s paradise. Although visited six times, my last visit was in 2017. So, hoping to revisit again and finally capturing a satisfactory photo from The Peak. πŸ˜€


About MeAbout the Author: LASTLIGHTS.NET is a passion project of Joey J, a Singapore-based Japanese photographer primarily shooting cityscape photography with long exposure at blue hour. Visit his Home Gallery (30 most favourite photos taken) or download his free eBook, Getting Started with Long Exposure Photography.


peter grey
June 17, 2023 | Permalink

I like the picture and I agree, Hong Kong is a feast for the photographers eye.

    June 17, 2023 | Permalink

    Thanks! Yes, would love to stay in Hong Kong for a few months and shoot as often as I can.

June 17, 2023 | Permalink

This looks beautiful, Joey! I also find it difficult to shot a good picture when it’s crowded.

June 22, 2023 | Permalink

Still an amazing shot Joey and makes me miss Hong Kong so much!

    June 22, 2023 | Permalink

    Thanks, me, too! Still hoping to go back and stay much longer next time.

      June 22, 2023 | Permalink

      By the time either one of us go back I feel like it will have changed so much again!

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