No trip to Malaysia is complete without a visit to Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Towers. They're stunning, and at one time were the tallest buildings in the world, but it's Malaysia's people and their food that interest me far more than steel buildings. Anyway, just to shut Craig up, here's my skyscraper effort which I dedicate to him and his lovely lady Westcoastgirl.
Trying to find a unique POV was difficult. So this is taken from behind the Towers and KL shopping centre near the little stream and fountains
17mm using 17-40mm lens
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lousat (82734) 2012-01-20 0:39
Ciao Lisa,bellissima prospettiva!Chissa' che fatica hai fatto per farcele stare nel riquadro queste altissime torri..hehe....luci e riflessi sono il tuo pane e nel risultato si vede la ta firma...bellissima! Buona serata e complimenti,Luciano
sevy (15367) 2012-01-20 0:40
I agree with you, take a shot of Petronas towers is a must.
Usually, full night shot is giving a too strong contrast, but here with the clouds, there is texture and the contrast is also more balanced. It is giving an interesting warm balance to the overall scene.
For pure architecture shot, we could discuss the perspective making the towers 'falling'. But it is difficult to overcome unless to do tricky post processing or to buy a very expensive Tilt-Shift lens.
dkmurphys (52855) 2012-01-20 1:09
Impressive capture. Those buildings are quite amazing and the lights are perfectly ballanced.
Well done, enjoy the weekend.
macjake (61590) 2012-01-20 1:36
awesome! another dedication! lol
Well, tosca won't enjoy this one as much as I do, that i can assure you - but I'll let her know you're thinking about her :)
If you had some rocks in the fg, then she'd be more into this scene!
amazing - you used a tripod! I'm so proud of you!
the lighting is always hard to predict with these black hour shots isn't it. the blacks and yellows go well together.
The heavy keystoning is more pronounced in the horizontal compo compared to a vertical one, so i wonder what the difference would have been. Can you go back and do it in the vertical?
honestly, there are many times when keystoning is actually beneficial to the scene as it adds a more dramatic visual. If they were 100% vertical it loses a bit of interest , at least in my opinion.
and you're right, you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't photograph the Iconic structures! may as well 'get it out of your system!'
Personally, i would have been here for hours!
great shot, very sharp.
thanks again, much appreciated
dale54 (6707) 2012-01-20 2:08
lisa hello!! what a wow shot,beautifull work,great scene too,must say the light in this is super! tfs! dr
Zengi001 (2739) 2012-01-20 2:11
Great vertical perspective shot revealing the magnificience of these mega buildings.
Good point of wiev and good light management!
Thanks for sharing,
Have a good day,
ikeharel (63071) 2012-01-20 2:21
Most impressive Lisa, no need to shut-up anyone - you made a best POV to show this, and as you say a trip to KL must have a pic. of those towers.
Night scenery as good as you always post, superb light managed.
Have a nice weekend,
tyro (22188) 2012-01-20 2:30
This is Magnificent!
As you say, no trip to KL is complete without a photograph of this impressive pair ot towers. You have selected an excellent viewpoint here and the inclusion of other tall buildings does, I feel, enhance the image: the fine reflections on the water certainly do.
Perfect exposure, lovely light and colours, excellent composition and stunning sharpness.
I read Craig's critique with interest. I presume by "keystoning" he means the "leaning in" of tall buildings at the top due to the camera's being tilted upwards from horizontal (funny, 'cos a keystone in a bridge is wider at the top than the bottom!), but in your situation here I think there's little other option which you had. And I don't find the effect upsetting either. You could have corrected the verticals in processing but you would have lost a lot of your picture at the sides and, as Craig also suggests, over-corrected verticals never look good - I think it's always nice to have some "lean in" at the top otherwise the whole thing looks contrived and artificial. Of course, these Roman chaps (and the Greeks before them) had discovered "entasis" more than two millennia ago - as we discussed a while ago too.
Perhaps what you really need to do is to invest in one of these!
As I said earlier - Magnificent!
bayno (18344) 2012-01-20 2:42
Ciao Lisuzza, ho visto che hai aggiornato il tuo profilo e hai messo addirittura la foto...era ora!!! ;)
impressionanti questi grattacieli, penso che non potevi fare di meglio...ti ci sono entrati pelo pelo nell'inquadratura, ma hai trovato cattivo tempo? vedo i riflessi delle luci sulla strada bagnata!!!!
Un grande abbraccio, Valter
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-01-20 2:48
A great result.
francio64 (39708) 2012-01-20 3:09
spero tu abbia una foto simile a questa da dedicare anche a me.
Sai quanto mi piacciono i grattacieli.
Poi in una notturna così, lo spettacolo è ancora maggiore.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-20 3:10
super night shot! The buildings are almost incandescent and look so amazing. Night photography and blue hour shots are something I keep wanting to develop, and looking at beautiful images like this makes me realise how rewarding it can be. Never seem to get my tripod out of its box!! Sublime and accomplished imagery!
Have a splendid weekend - Brian.
batalay (36996) 2012-01-20 3:26
Hello Dear Lisa,
Half-a-dozen skyscrapers dedicated to Craig. You've managed the light well. Indeed, the twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world for a short time, and even starred in the film, Entrapment, (with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones playing the supporting cast members). I traveled to Malaysia myself, and just before making the long trek, I purchased a copy of the film. I also wrote about the buildings proportions, the various upper courses are appear to have heights inspired by the Fibonnaci numbers 2, 3, 5, 8... Well done.
Have a good weekend. Incidentally, I just returned from a brief visit to below the Equator. How wonderful it felt in those warm climates.
snunney (90030) 2012-01-20 4:01
A fine capture of these iconic buildings; one wonders if there is any limit to the height to which man can raise his buildings. What strikes me most though is the ethereal lighting and reflections and the almost sepia like quality. Presumably due to the long exposure time. Have a good one!
hardyuno (4650) 2012-01-20 5:23
I was wondering where you disappeared to;-))
Malaysia!! Lovely picture and perfect light management. I love it, it's great done. Such a clarity.Superb
Have a nice evening and best wishes
Hartmut and Christine
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-01-20 5:46
Zdravo draga Lisa.
Nocni radovi su ono pravo, tesko ih je uraditi
ali vi znate da ih radiet veoma dobro.
Svidja mi se ova fotografija.
Nema bobica na fotografiji, cista i kvalitetna fotografija.
Cestitke na dobrom radu.
Sergiom (67592) 2012-01-20 6:45
I like the cropping effect provided by the 17 mm lense. This place is absolutely impressive and the nignt photo was mandatory there.
Have a nice day
Silvio1953 (130564) 2012-01-20 7:41
Ciao Lisa, gran bel POV sulle imponenti Petronas Towers, luce strepitosa e fantastici riflessi, bellissima composizione, bravissima, buon week end, ciao Silvio
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-01-20 7:42
Ciao ma chère Lisuzza-san,
The given details of the technical data speak well of how the image
provided is achieved. All the converging vertical lines seem to come together at some imaginary point in the dark sky. The positively exaggerated perspective does its magic. The use of the wide-angle lens creates a very effective volume in the image. The light management is most impressive. I wonder about the towers. How will they behave in case of a large-scale earthquake? They are just as well as we are here situated along the ring of fire all around the Pacific Ocean. How much would they move, 6 meters or much more! I hope that you have visited the tower and have experienced the movement.
With my very best and a warmest regards,
Have a very nice weekend, Lisuzza-san,
jemaflor (89405) 2012-01-20 8:51
Always impressive these towers, good idea with this shot with lights, nice reflections and golden tones, it's well captured.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-01-20 10:27
Ola Lisa ,
Lindas estas torres iluminadas são enormes parece que tocam no céu visto deste ângulo de visão , bons reflexos neste lago , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
chawax (19862) 2012-01-20 14:08
Great shot of these two famous towers. Excellent POV and great artifical light. It looks like the towers are translucent !
emka (86645) 2012-01-20 20:44
No need to look for unique POV. This night view is wondereful. I always wonder if it is possible to go through this connection. But I wouldn't dare anyway. Interesting brown sky. And the food, was it good?
I plan to go to Africa in autumn with my LF :).
sabermonajati (10405) 2012-01-20 21:21
amazing light and splendid towers you captured.
jjcordier (79080) 2012-01-20 22:00
Un POV original et une balance des blancs particulière qui donnent du caractère à cette photo de nuit de ces tours célèbres.
MJR (3360) 2012-01-21 6:20
Totally purged - I'd say !
A less frequent visitor to TE these days, I am pleased to see this of your recent trip.. Even without your normal colour palette this is obviously one of yours..
A very different view of the towers from usual, enhanced no doubt by what I understand to be uncommonly clean air.
Your trademark clarity and reflections, and your looong ( not sooo long actually ! ) exposure make for a fine image.
janusz2054 (2) 2012-01-21 6:47
That's an impressive shot, those are huge and modern buildings.
Fabulous night scene and excelent clarity .
yquem46 (38750) 2012-01-21 6:51
A classical yet beautiful shot of these famous towers in KL, looking like golden nuggets on the dark sky
I like the idea to include the silhouetted tree at the FG to show the dimensions and give perspective to the shot
Have a nice WE
sacimar (26205) 2012-01-21 10:17
wow! this is an impressive image of these impressive buildings, I like your composition, the light management is great and the visual result excellent, well done,
Gigidusud (18105) 2012-01-21 13:52
Fantastic shot,i like the ligths!
Have a nice Week End.
photoray (13703) 2012-01-22 6:20
New Year's in Malaysia, I am very envious.
Like everyone else, the varying light radiance and majestic towers, mirror reflections, all add up to an excellent vision,
npecanhuk (70147) 2012-01-22 6:34
Wonderful night & architecture picture!
Those World Famous towers were excellently photographed by you!
TFS - congrats,
cavli (1876) 2012-01-23 0:29
very nice night shot. I like your point of view. well composed. It looks like a hard picture to take because of the strong lights.
adores (41100) 2012-01-23 16:04
I really believe it's not easy to find an original one here:)! But you're photo is very good - I like the pov a lot, as well as the exposure! A really good night shot!
skippy007 (12510) 2012-01-23 17:54
Ciao Cara (the one & only) Monella, An eye catching image with beautiful golden tones, sharp & perfectly exposed. I didn't know Kuala Lumpur were trying to break some type of record by having so many leaning towers all in the one place, seriously the wide angle lens distortion works well, the symmetry adds interest, I think. Brava.
Angshu (56592) 2012-01-24 2:08
Hello dear Lisa
The sky in these metropolises are always the shades of brown, post sunset...a mix of pollution & artificial lights! What I like most here is the converging perspective of the tall buildings with the convergence point beyond the monitor. You've with the correct exposure, created just the exact texture...the details. Nice work!
vladic (4515) 2012-01-25 2:42
Une vrai beauté cette composition, la lumière magique et lasaturation parfaite. Les biseaux de la scène dynamise la photo. J'aime beaucoup cette lumière qui procure une belle ambiance.
Amitiés de Cracovie,
ruisc_pt (10892) 2012-01-25 7:25
You really all the splendour of these magnificent buildings.
Wonderful night exposure.
mkamionka (32523) 2012-01-26 1:40
amazing view. It must be very difficult to find a good POV for such huge structures. You have found one with some water to provide reflection in the foreground. Very interesting effect with the perspective.
Interesting brownish touch of the sky.
I like it very much, although I would probably try to find a more distant POV.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-01-28 17:36
Wow! Splendid capture on this twin towers! Love the golden tones in this image! Love how the gigantic buildings are aligned perfectly and seemingly according to height! Clear, sharp and clean capture! Flawless!
P.S. Was wondering if a 10-20mm would be better to buy, but now this picture confirms that a 17-50 mm would suffice! What do you think?
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-02-10 0:31
I like this view of this very well photographed architecture. You have metered the exposure beautifully capturing the reflection a distant back from the fountain. Beautiful wide view with the inclusion of the surrounding towers. Thanks for this great shot and have a wonderful weekend ahead.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-03-07 1:21
Every time I see this world famous hotel impressive me multi-faceted. The lighting gives a luxury you can't enjoy it. Not satiate the eye from the luxury and beauty of the place. Excellent composition.
Enjoy the day,
Noel_Byrne (27464) 2012-05-13 9:03
I cam back to your Malaysian page to once again enjoy your capture titled "For Tyro - Longstanding Fallacies" so what a pleasure to find this, equally amazing image of these stunning towers. Architecture is my biggest interest in photography, and your perspective here, as well as the light management is superb. Amazing shot. Thanks for sharing
korbee (6617) 2012-10-09 12:53
This is impressive Lisa,and i know its not easy to get the building into balnance because of your low position,plus your light was limited.
I think you made the best of it!
KL is a very pleasant town with great food ;=]]