The Former Supreme Court Building in the foreground, with the Bank of China Tower in the background.
Built 1900-12 as the supreme court building, it was designed by Sir Aston Webb, the architect responsible for the East facade of Buckingham Palace, the Victoria and Albert museum, London, plus many others.
"The Legislative Council Building, also called the Former Supreme Court Building, was the home of the former Supreme Court until 1985, when it was renamed and became home to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It is located in Central Hong Kong, along the eastern side of Statue Square, directly west of Chater Garden." (source: Wikipedia)
The photo was taken in awful heat (around +40C). Everything around seemed to be melting.
This photo was scanned from a printed photo. The original negatives were left in HK forever, unfortunately, so now I have only the printed photos.
Anyway they were printed in HK in a good photo studio and they are of good quality.
The photo acquired this painting-like look after I reduced noise and sharpened the image. No colour adjustment.
I have another version (with less noise reduction), but somehow this particular variant seemed a bit funny and unusual to me, so I decided to post it here. I'll post another version of the image in WS.
Thank you for viewing the picture :)
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Kielia (22293) 2008-07-08 11:55
excellent scan and a very amazing composition that looks like a modern graphic art work. I very much like the soft colours and the light.
Royaldevon (24324) 2008-07-08 12:20
The composition stands out on this shot.
The long low pool in the f/g seems to be balanced nicely with the b/g uprights.
Lovely contrast between the clear f/g and the slightly misty b/g.
holmertz (34647) 2008-07-09 1:26
I am glad you already pointed out the "painting-like look", because I had to watch this closely to make sure it wasn't an architect's drawing of what the place would look like in ten years. The contrasts between the buildings are amazing, and there is a very interesting array of distinct lines in various directions. I can also see a circle of different blue shades around the old building.
Certainly your best picture so far, I think.
MichaelTrezzi (3347) 2008-07-10 4:51
Hello Elena, very interesting composition, you seem to breat the old good rules - the picture seems to be a bit fragmented as the main focus on the Supreme court is distracted by the moders structures, however I like it in this picture. Well done. Rgds, Michael
mafegan (8622) 2008-10-18 4:47
I do like the effect of the noise reduction and your story well explains the history of this version. As for the subject matter, the contrasting architecture and the dominant diagonal lines on the tower are all of interest. TFS, Marlene
fritzi007 (802) 2008-11-30 4:29
Wirklich eine wunderschöne Stadtaufnahme, das Bild strahlt so viel Sauberkeit aus, gratuliere!