This is my second shot of Central–Mid-levels escalators,this time taken from outside.I hope you like it in vertical format,which in my opinion shows better how densely built-up the city really is.
In WS I attached another photo of the Escalators.
Some facts about the escalators found on wikipedia.org:
The Central–Mid-levels escalators in Hong Kong is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The entire system covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top. It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island.The escalators are 800 metres (2,600 ft) long with a vertical climb of 135 metres (443 ft). The total travel time is twenty minutes, but most people walk while the escalator moves to shorten their trip. Due to the geographical situation, the same distance is equivalent to several miles of zigzagging roads if travelling by car. It consists of twenty escalators and three moving side-walks.The escalator daily runs downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight. Apart from serving as a method of transporting, it is also a tourist attraction and has restaurants, bars, and shops lining its route.
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JFS (32429) 2013-03-22 1:20
Very interesting work in B&W, it helps us to know how Hong Kong looks like. Ideal for runners....
Have a good WE!
kasianowak (2459) 2013-03-22 3:45
Podoba mi sie to zdjecie skladajace sie z linii, wzorow i ksztaltow. Pionowy format z wysokimi budynkami w tle pasuje idealnie. Swietny pomysl na czarno-biale zdjecie.
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
pajaran (36906) 2013-03-22 3:47
Dobar tekst o pokretnim stepenicama sa datim podacima ...
Dobar snimak, perspektiva i kontrast.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend.
Good article on the escalator with a given data ...
Good shot, perspective and contrast.
Good work with the beautiful photography workshop.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend.
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-03-22 4:07
This is a beautiful compliment to your last shot, and black and white was a really excelelnt choice.
The photos of these escalators really show the intense busyness of the streets, the tall tower blocks add to this nicely too.
Really nice urban shot, and very gritty with the B&W treatment.
tedesse (22493) 2013-03-22 4:16
Interesujacy widok ruchomych schodow od zewnatrz!
Ladny pionowy kadr w b&w, podoba sie rowniez ujecie w WS.
timecapturer (31278) 2013-03-22 6:28
this is so creative and I love it! The lines and tones here are just irresistible and it works so perfectly in this medium. It has an almost sci-fi atmosphere about it and I commend you on your observation and imaginative post processing. Superb!
Best wishes for the weekend - Brian.
Silvio1953 (99199) 2013-03-22 9:16
Ciao Krzysztof, fantastic B&W, great PP work, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Kamilutka (3207) 2013-03-22 11:14
podoba mi sie geometria tego zdjecia. Pelno tu lini pionowych i poziomych i trzeba naprawde dobrego oka, zeby nie zrobil sie z tego rozgardiasz, ale udana kompozycja. Dobry pomysl z czarno-biala kolorystyka - mysle ze kazda dodatkowa barwa "przedobrzylaby" calosc. Tymczasem jest ciekawie i oryginalnie.
Ladna glebia i bardzo dobry kontrast.
Romano46 (5988) 2013-03-22 11:16
nel bhianco e nero sei molto bravo e lo sai gestire ottimamente e utilizzare nelle occasioni appropriate, come in questa di oggi nella quale, probabilmente il colorte sarebbe risultato banale, ma che , al contrario cosě elaborata, si carica di un fascino particolare.
La composizione č interessante per l'incrosio di piani orizzontali e verticali, la nitidezza abbastanza buona, e il contrasto appropriato al risultato.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rychem (9750) 2013-03-22 11:29
Bardzo ciekawy obiekt, plątanina konstrukcyjna też robi wrażenie, a czarno=białe zdjęcie dodaje jeszcze wymowy
Mondaychild (378) 2013-03-22 11:46
this photo shows well the contrasts and the ambiguity of Asia.
On the one hand there is the modern architecture of the escalators, then there is the "modern" architecture with faceless tenements that can be found anywhere in the world - but even these have a special touch.
When watching the photo I don´t KNOW that it was taken in Asia, but I can somehow FEEL it.
Everything is narrow, but they are able to use the space in the best way possible.
B/W fits well. It makes us focus on the essential in this shot, the architecture.
ikeharel (38090) 2013-03-22 12:59
Good evening Krzysztof,
A "busy" B&W shot in a very busy town. Without those escaltors, many would use cars in the already congested city.
POV well chosen, and shown a narrow "strait" through high-rise buildings.
WS also well showing the escalators - you might as well post a main pic.
Have a nice weekend,
jcpix (3796) 2013-03-22 19:34
Your description is perfect, this photo expresses just how dense and compact the urban streets are. The choice of an upright format is perfect for the vertical lines of the buildings and makes that diagonal descent of the escalator even more intense as it pulls me down an into the image. This has an effect of black & white chrome, quite eye-catching and compelling. There's obviously a graphical element as well, which is well suited for this environment. Very well done! Have a great weekend.
ACL1978 (6103) 2013-03-22 19:51
Really unique view, Krzysztof, and a great urban B&W shot as well. Nice use of lines to show the busy nature of downtown Hong Kong - here they go in every possible direction, dragging the eye with them. Really full shot, too - nowhere is there not something to take in. Thanks!
macjake (39998) 2013-03-23 1:18
now this it totally cool!
I had no idea such escalators existed in Hong Kong, never! Am i totally ignorant!?
Really smart and cool idea to reduce the cars on the road and congestion by adding in these escalators for people.
love the shot too, it has a cool HDR look and feel to it that I appreciate. and yes, the congestion is obvious, I feel clostraphobic already just looking at it! :)
very cool indeed
abmdsudi (27118) 2013-03-23 6:25
The positioning of the escalators is very satisfying, especially when set within the inevitable asymmetry of their environment and black and white emphasizing the strong graphical elements. Excellent clarity and detail, and the wide angle perspective. Really strong lines, well taken picture.
Sonata11 (28758) 2013-03-23 9:17
bardzo ciekawe ujecie fragment tej sceny tego ogromnego miasta. Wyglada ze jest tak bardzo ciano, patrzac z innego punktu widzenia. Dobry wybor B&W coloru do tej kompozycji w pionowym formacie. Podoba mi sie.Serdecznie pozdrawiam I zycze milego WE,
lousat (58446) 2013-03-23 16:49
A great work behind this pic,an HDR postprocession very well done whit these soft details and incredible composition very rich of things and geometries,"the kingdom of confusion" could be the best title for this pic..hehehe...have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (45717) 2013-03-23 18:43
Hello dear Krzysztof
Yes this photo really does show how built up HK really is. I like your choice of B&W aswell as the vertical frame, addeding length and depth to the vertical structures in the photo Superb sharpness and contrast aswell.
Thanks for sharing, have a good Sunday
jusninasirun (17144) 2013-03-25 2:57
Love the tonal contrast of this fine b+w composition. You have seen the lines forming interesting graphism in this well captured frame.
Thanks and kind regards.
ktanska (21637) 2013-03-25 13:26
I think you found optimal viewpoint to show this long escalator, leading to higher parts of the city. Comparing left and right parts of the frame gives good idea of steepness, something that is usually pretty hard to achieve.
Buildings are so tall and narrow, and not so moderns as we can see on the left. B&W suits well.
Cricri (87288) 2013-03-26 0:05
Une vue intéressante, impressionnante, le N/B est bien choisi avec l'image en complémentaire superbe aussi en couleurs et en réalisation
jhm (123140) 2013-03-26 5:02
I've selected for your lovely WS, splendid in colour.
Also lovely detailed image .
Sharpness and presentation are superb.
Excellent composition, pleasant colours. TFS.
marina7 (6142) 2013-03-26 11:23
I haven't been there, the shot is awesome! It took me awhile to figure out what's what here and how it worked, lol. I thought it was some sort of a strange railroad going up at first:)) How did you get outside for god's sake? Is there an observation point?:))
Superb use of black and white, it gives such a stylish industrial feel to the whole thing. Great work!
resat1972 (5990) 2013-03-27 5:15
karışık gibi görünüyor ama güzel bir fotograf
danos (74518) 2013-03-28 0:36
nice the B/W scene of the Central–Mid-levels escalators,with the light to be so well capture.I like the vertical format as the excellent clarity of the scene.
Hansaphotos (5587) 2013-03-28 8:09
A wonderful shot from the urban jungle. The tube elements of the escalators placed in the foreground is a nice addition, and also works well as a lead into the composition. Yes, the vertical format was well chosen. A nice combination of different arcitectural styles. The busyness from this place is well conveyed. It even seems like you managed to include a church here, in the right part of the frame. Brillian b&w work, Krzysztof! TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
adidas5nb (1682) 2013-03-31 1:37
really great picture. good choice for b n w.and i cant believe how much u have accommodated in that single frame. really tells a good lot about hong kong.bravo
PaulVDV (15365) 2013-04-01 9:47
The picture achieved its purpose. It shows very well how densely built-up Hong Kong really is. It even shows a city centre where you only look into the height and into the depth.
Maybe not really a city for people with claustrophobia ...
Best regards, Paul
serp2000 (29632) 2013-04-01 10:52
Ni hao, Krzysztof,
Good idea to make this photo in b&w version. Some creative and artistic result. Impressive graphic, perfect contrast, good illustration of an urban life style )))
bayno (16423) 2013-04-01 21:06
an elaborate composition well seen and well thought out, full of graphical elements and volumes, I really like how you edited the image in b & w, great detail and depth, it is a great pleasure to see some b & w on this site ...nice also the WS....
greetings from Goa....
COSTANTINO (42760) 2013-04-17 23:40
a strange sepia composition
a shot with lines,lines and lines towards
all the directions,nice pov
have a nice day
- Copyright: Krzysztof Kusy (krzychu30) (9399)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-01-28
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S VR, Hoya CIR-PL PRO 1 DIGITAL 67mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-22 0:59