I am in Brunei Darussalem this week, so thought I would post a couple of shots whilst I am on the road. Brunei is a small oil-rich kingdom on the northern shores of the island of Borneo, surrounded by the Malaysia state of Sarawak. With a per capita GDP of around US$25,000 a year, it is a clean, prosperous country with high literacy rates, low unemployment and one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Nearly everyone has a car so there is no public transport except for taxis (and you don’t see too many of those on the road because there are only 45 taxis in the whole country), but there are no traffic jams because the population is less than 400,000. Being an Islamic country, no alcohol is sold or served anywhere in Brunei, but tourists are permitted to bring in two bottles of wine or spirits, or 12 cans of beer, for their own consumption during their stay.
This is the majestic Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in the middle of the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, which during the day is completely white except for its gold domes, but at night is bathed in orange lights. I didn’t have a tripod with me so took this shot resting the camera on a fence with ISO set at 800 and using a 1/15th sec shutter speed. I have sharpened it as much as I could without making the picture too noisy, and cropped the top and bottom. It is still a little bit noisy, but I don’t have NeatImage on my laptop, so couldn’t do anything to improve that. I will try to sharpen it further and run it through NeatImage when I get home next week, and if that results in a noticeable improvement, I will repost it. I liked the way the water around the mosque filtered the reflection of the building so that the green lighting inside the minarets is more clearly seen.
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danielswalsh (13593) 2005-07-29 11:16
Nice shot David;
You've really captured the beauty and majesty of this mosque. Very good composition in capturing the reflection - it really adds to the shot.
I've posted a workshop with a couple suggestions which I hope you may find of use....
wishnugaruda (1305) 2005-07-29 11:21
This is so perfect.
The great reflection of this golden Building in the water - so clear with good DOF although it is night.
Very good POV.
Sabine - wishnugaruda
michalu (810) 2005-07-29 11:26
Hi David greate photo!
Amasing gold colors and beauty reflaction in watter!
rajhema (1871) 2005-07-29 11:26
Very shiny and beautiful. Fantastic capture. Great colors.
ayobami (1353) 2005-07-29 11:41
Gorgeous! What stunning lighting and reflections you've captured! And thanks for your detailed note, sounds like a wonderful place! Great composition too, I like how you've placed the main tower off to the left slightly, well done!
krzbia (397) 2005-07-29 11:52
Wow, this is very beautyfull shot. As for ISO800 You've successfully managed to avoid most noise. I also like the workshop posted by danielswalsh.
pnphan (3957) 2005-07-30 4:26
beautiful night shot.
jbweasle (9373) 2005-08-01 17:00
David you have capured this palace well although the building is tending towards overexposure in places. It does however mean that the reflection is perfectly exposed and it is this that is the highlight for me. The green lighting is a beautiful touch.
pamastro (7218) 2005-08-07 22:11
From white to gold, it must offer some excellent contrasts when seeing it at these two times of day. Here I thought it was sheathed in gold. They really did a good job with the lighting scheme to create this effect. And you did a fine job capturing that light, both the real and the reflected. The noise here isn't really too noticeable since it is a fine grain pattern. Looks natural. But it could be sharpened more which would result in more noise, as you said, as there is some motion blur. And I like what was done in Dan's workshop to increase the strength of the structure. But otherwise it is a very nicely captured reflection shot. It offers a nice serenity and shows us the riches of this small nation.
annagrace (2467) 2005-08-08 21:55
Phenomenal job without a tripod, as you know I have tried this myself. The noise doesn't bother me at all, it adds to the mystery of the photo.
I really like the reflection of this beautiful mosque. I'm envious of you getting to see Brunei, it looks like a beautiful place. TFS,
Paolo (41222) 2005-08-23 6:31
Nice image David...a real gold palace!
excellent night view, full of reflection very beautiful.
excellent POV and composition,
thanks for the note.
fadingstar78 (420) 2006-01-19 10:36
beautiful, sharp pic with a great reflection. excellent pic!
jafadabret (56497) 2006-04-01 11:10
Belle symétrie avec cette reflexion. Les couleurs chaudes sont exhaltées par la nuit. Excellent !
elmec (12210) 2006-05-12 14:27
It,s amazing night photo!
I like the composition and frame!
vesilvio (750) 2006-08-03 2:39
Very good picture.
I like very much the green reflections of lights inside the building.
Thank you for explaination about the mosque and for useful tips with PS CS.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-10-17 18:57
This one is superb. Lovely reflections, nice composition, having the main tower on the left top. Nice evening lights and colours due to them. Sharpness is okay. I agree with the WS submitter, the highlights we're a bit bright and this is nicely fixed in the workshop. I think the noise in this image is not really apparent yet, atleast there are no big portions with noise distracting me.
Great share. TFS>
ruisc_pt (10343) 2006-10-26 16:48
well here It is.. wel l captured.. The WS is good too...
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, UV
- Exposure: f/4, 1/15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-29 10:53