I have posted two sunsets and one sunrise to TE so far, so here is another sunrise to balance things up. I didn’t have to travel very far for this one. I got up a little earlier than usual one morning, and this was the view from my bedroom window.
Although I had seen many other sunrises like this in the years that I have been living in Kuala Lumpur, this was the first time that I had seen a layer of wispy low cloud snaking its way between the city buildings, with gives the view an added dimension. I think the cloud is at about the 20 storey level because this was shot from the 41st floor of the Villa Puteri condominium near the Putra World Trade Centre – this is the same level as the bridge on the Petronas twin towers in the background. Unfortunately I don’t have this view anymore, because I have moved to a quieter part of the city, but it was nice to wake up to this for the first five years that I was living in Kuala Lumpur.
This was taken with my old Nikon Coolpix P&S camera resting on the window ledge. I shot this on auto because I didn’t have time to play around with the manual settings because I know that colours like this in the sky can disappear as quickly as they appear. I have done no post processing other than to sharpen it a little. Normally when I compose cityscapes like this, I try to comply with the ‘two thirds, one third’ rule, but the sky was so good I didn’t want to crop the top, and I didn’t want to lose the street lights by cropping the bottom. So this has to be one of those exceptions to the rule (who said “rules are meant to be broken”?)
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fiedziu (1764) 2005-06-26 7:15
wow, impressive and misty picture
from this POV Petronas looks like old cathedra
thanks for sharing
davido (1982) 2005-06-26 7:34
What a morning ... I'm jealous ...
This morning I waited for such a sunrise with friends ... It never came ;^)
The blue and rose tones are beautiful.
I love the cloud (of pollution?) cutting the composition in two parts. That's a great pic !!
jbweasle (9373) 2005-06-26 7:36
This is fabulous. I love the red colours both in the sky and from the city below. I love the whispy cloud as well. Excellent positioning of the Petronas towers off-centre in the frame. Good exposure and detail too.
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-06-26 7:39
Awesome! Beautiful colours of the city scenery. Great work, Nino.
drteddy (277) 2005-06-26 8:02
These are the moments that I call..."decisive"!! Great work David!
kikvel (4784) 2005-06-26 10:05
very nice shot David
the colors are just great, you did choose a nice time of the day for the picture
the sky was beautiful
Cricri (109597) 2005-06-26 10:12
bonjour,un joli moment a regarder,superbe les couleurs dans le ciel,bon travail,amitié cricri
Zanni (6108) 2005-06-26 13:17
Splendid sunrise and beautiful pastel colors. Good you broke the rule here. It seems to be in a cartoon city. Did you met Batman that early morning?
michalu (810) 2005-06-26 14:27
David gigantic photo!fantastic colors and super panorama!
very good job
Michael (277) 2005-06-26 14:38
What a very nice shot ! the colors, the lights of the city and the amazing foggy atmosphere...everything is nice !
There's some kind of futuritic feeling while looking at your picture.
kclai (2267) 2005-06-26 22:37
This is a good picture of KLCC and its surrounding. Good effect of the mist appearing in the mid.
Yes, you need to keep all the element fully intacted into this shot.
Well done, David.
klyee75 (778) 2005-06-26 23:36
Hi David....u can hardly see mist in KL nowadays...what a fresh morning and a beautiful colours of the sky...good work.
Kok Leong :)
chaity (1539) 2005-06-27 1:16
Hai David, what a lovely sunrise photo especially this one in KL. The color of clouds are very beautiful.
ChrisJ (101718) 2005-06-27 4:08
Wow! What a view. A spectacular sunrise, with superb color, lighting, & sharpness. The low cloud is a bonus. Well done!
bbs (149) 2005-06-27 5:08
It's a classic! And what do you mean 'one third, two thirds rule'? Some of the best photography is pure anarchy if you ask me. Good work man!!
capthaddock (28790) 2005-06-27 9:33
Wooow, this must be the best picture from KL I've seen so far, another exaple of the magic created by pollution in the form of the wispy cloud.
RandomCameraGuy (3071) 2005-06-27 23:08
This is a magical shot of KL David. I'm not usually one to comment on sunset/rise shots, but this is an exceptional one. Well composed with great colours and a haunting mist. Impressive.
kenny0127821101 (11) 2005-06-30 5:56
This is fantastic picture I like it cloudland picture TQ David
cobraphil8 (82) 2005-07-01 6:05
A photo that I shall like having in my collection, this sight of Kuala Lumpur is extraordinary!
I like this general view with this magic sky.
I was satisfied with my photos of Kuala Lumpur, but there you beat me by KO!
Une photo que j'aimerai avoir dans ma collection, cette vue de Kuala Lumpur est extraordinaire !
J'adore cette vue d'ensemble avec ce ciel magique.
J'étais content de mes photos de Kuala Lumpur, mais là tu me bats par KO !
MRodini (304) 2005-07-01 13:02
I´m going crazy when i look to this photo! It´s like make on computer.. You have a very good eye to the photography...
Amazing sky, lovely clouds.. everything is beatiful on this photo!!
tdanny (663) 2005-07-01 22:38
Beautiful colours, the orange/blue, sunrise of KL city. The low clouds really made an impression here. Liked the lower part/foreground as it's still dark and the lights were still on (the 2/3, 1/3 never matter for this picture)
It's good picture esp you're taking it with yr old p&s camera. Well done mate !
Pictures of my hometown KL city wasn't many 1-2 years ago in TrekEarth.
jrzufferey (7301) 2005-07-04 17:29
Magnifique cette photographie avoir du bleu et de rouge soit dans le ciel et dans la cité. Merveilleux Ciao/jr
ivanhooace (60) 2005-07-13 14:58
As a malaysian, i must really congradulate you on your work.... what a magnificent view, make me proud becoming a malaysian; at least we still have some beautiful scenary..
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-07-17 1:06
Impressive shot with beautiful colours on this sunrise. You were fortunate with a view like this on the early morning. Very nice the fog among the buildings.
Thanks for sharing,
genem (303) 2005-07-28 7:11
Wow!!! It looks amaizing, unreal! There is a layer of city night life, separated from a sunset sky by visible mist bound
awiefoong (181) 2005-07-31 3:13
this is wonderful! all the nice things have been said... i can only add this comment :)
ydarias (679) 2005-08-18 9:22
Hola David. Sacar una foto de una ciudad casi siempre es complicado. Pero tú has salvado la situación muy bien con esta. Es un punto de vista distinto, y has elegido estupendamente el momento del día. Es impresionante la iluminación, has elegido una muy buena exposición y los colores son muy interesantes. También me gusta mucho esa capa de nubes o niebla que se forma entre los edificios. Bien hecho, felicidades.
ow808wo (0) 2005-08-18 10:24
Great citiscape. I like the clouds among the towers. What a view you have from your flat!
I'm no expert in photoshop but I am posting a workshop where I am attempting to make the colours look a bit more natural. It's very much a personal interpretation of course; and it may be far from the true colours of that morning.
All the best,
santhosh_ermal (122) 2005-09-22 17:59
wow...what a fantastic shot you took sir....
very nice timing...good angle..super colour composition inside the frame...
great work sir
IanSewell (579) 2005-09-26 16:16
Beautiful shot. Even though the red streetlights looks like a little unrealistic to me, I still like them. Well done. I added to my "photos from you house" theme, I hope you don't mind. TFS!
MON (135) 2005-10-01 14:26
Wonderful shot!. I like a lot amazing colours and composition. Red tones of the floor also are very interesting.
Congratulations!. It will be one of my favourite shots.
Hoos (134) 2005-11-05 16:13
Exc photo, good work, that morning looks awesome the cars, the buildings, the mist and obviously the colors of the sky! Nice shot! congratulations. Juan Jose, Costa Rica
rajhema (1871) 2005-11-26 14:08
Spectacular view David. I don't know what the foggy formation is. Didnot read the note completely. But it all worked well in your picture. Great one
Pjulin (400) 2006-02-20 12:35
Hey, a great foto. Good combination of red and blue colors. You're very lucky to have had such a good point of view. Well done.
Dimis (209) 2006-02-20 12:44
What an excellent shot David, well done!! It looks like a picture from a sci-fi movie. The colours are amazing and I love that cloud cuts the buildings through.
Thanks for sharing
krakowiak (4762) 2006-02-20 13:05
There is only one word which in my opinion describes this view (and photo) - MAGIC.
This is an amazing, mystic, foggy shot.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-02-20 13:06
Did nyone say sta wars?
This looks like the scene of some scienc fiction capital,the lights and colours are out of thisorld
goes to my favorites
pwelliott (216) 2006-02-20 13:30
I think this is a perfectly composed shot. The colors are amazing. I would love to wake-up to see that in the morning.
Svillegas (1169) 2006-02-21 8:37
Wonderful atmosphere captured and great composition. Good colour saturaion. Amazing shot!
elmec (12210) 2006-02-22 14:31
The colours on the sky and the fog under the city and city lights - everything is great!
I like so much!
Mistral (15402) 2006-02-25 12:53
your bedroom is really admist of the sky!
Very lucky to have this view!
Colours are fantastic and the low clouds in the middle of skyscrapers are simply stunning!
jafadabret (56501) 2006-02-28 11:05
une photo comme on en voit peu, même sur TE !
J'aime le ciel et la ville comme intimement mélés pour un spectacle unique. L'écharpe de brume qui serpente entre les tours est le lien entre le ciel et la ville. C'est magique !
tsangclare (130) 2006-03-13 12:33
this is an amazing photo! Well done! you have captured the layer of cloud very well! the overall composition of the photo is very impressive as well!
AdamBurton (8062) 2006-05-02 18:50
wow - what an incredible shot David. Really well captured - that swirling layer of mist adds so much atmosphere to the image.
patriik (1935) 2006-05-19 5:47
Wonderful shot! Beautiful place, lovely colours, I like this compo, sharpness, POV!
svetoslav (318) 2006-05-20 8:07
This is an unbelievable view. I honestly have never seen such colors in the sky. The thin fog layer gives the picture an amazing Sci-fi feeling. Congratulations for , honestly, one of the best city sunrises I have ever seen!!!
jone (3231) 2006-07-18 2:30
wonderful, like a paradise...
alego (277) 2006-09-09 15:56
I agree with the comments posted so far, and will not repeat them, except to say it is simply fantastic image.
I just wonder if you have considered perhaps increasing contrast and saturaton slightly? Also, I think image would benefit from the addition of nice with frame around it.
navy (66) 2007-02-05 18:19
The view, the framing, the light.
The most impressive is the morning fog.
rabani (9645) 2007-03-12 2:52
Hi david, there are times when waking up early in the city, is rewarding. At least in the visual way. The low clouds wisping among the building and the red glows of the streets and flaring of the morning sky, could make this photo into a classic mornng shot of KL.
spyros60 (150) 2007-03-24 13:52
Great shot, I love this kind of shots and very often I wake up very early. I could use a ND gradient filter to balance the sky light. Nice Job!!
Many greetings from Greece.
Yes I do the tourist promotion of the area using this photo too.
batalay (36103) 2007-03-26 6:56
What an ethereal vision. The colors and composition in your photo are fabulous.
During January 2000 I was in Malaysia briefly, ostensibly to give some talks at the Malaysian Institute of Tehnology in Johor Bahru. With my hosts I visited Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days. Your photograph gives a wonderful overview of the city, and the majestic Petronas Towers. In writing my book, 'Math and the Mona Lisa,' Leonardo serves as a foil in integrating science, mathematics and art. I had cited the Petronas Towers as edifices that used of the Fibonaccie series in designing the heights of the various courses in the towers.
Very impressive city, spectacular photo.
Green smiley tomorrow.
robertbartolome (270) 2007-04-01 7:30
I myself love sunrises and sunsets and this one you captured is really spectacular... I love the colors. It must be really nice waking up in the morning with this view... too bad you moved :-)
By the way, thanks for your comment on my "Friends at a sari-sari store" photo.
belido (19934) 2007-04-20 16:41
Fantastic shot!!! I can spend a lot of time analizing each detail of this stunning picture...
aidil98 (94) 2007-05-10 7:18
Hello David! This is amazing shot, like something mystic, but it´s real! I like a lot of atmosphere in picture and colours make shot more better:) Thanks for sharing and have a nice day and summer!
TravelerNL (3011) 2007-07-01 7:25
Hopefully I'll be able to see a similar spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur when I will be there on the 21st and 22nd of August this year.
This is an excellent capture with beautiful colors. Well worth getting up early for. The low cloud gives it a kind of mysterical feeling.
vicana (74) 2008-03-09 19:21
Extraordinarily beautiful shot! The layer of fog in front with the multicoloured sky and the highrises look awsum. Thanks for sharing.
coco (30439) 2008-03-22 19:28
This, this one is a winner. This is a superb shot with an amazing composition and light. Your photo is great and you managed very well the light with a very good exposure.
Thanks for sharing.
npecanhuk (68104) 2008-05-12 2:37
A very nice picture with a colorful sunrise, the lights still on in the streets, the low cloud going through the buildings!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil,
Balrog (102) 2008-10-25 12:11
OMG that is so amazing. The clouds and sky colours, the fog, the city skyline and the buildings, cars and street lights.
One of my favourites here in TE.
startacked (1341) 2009-01-04 10:12
I just linked from the TE homepage to this picture. The colors are a bit blown but its just amazing. The picture is warm and cold at the same time. Awesome stuff. TFS, Gilbert
danydan (312) 2009-06-06 1:44
Superbe image, j'aime cette brume qui flotte sur la ville et ces couleurs !
Bravo pour cette photo magique !
Dalloo (26) 2009-08-16 5:00
TE members left nothing for me to say! Simply stunning photo, lucky you ;)
afrinaldi (44) 2009-12-14 22:35
it was awesome picture david...i think, i will take this technical time when I come to this place next year..
ilghiz (708) 2011-12-25 2:26
A magical landscape!
I like the colour scheme, hues of blue and hues of sparkling red make it lool mysterious. Great sharpness.
svefay (808) 2011-12-25 2:45
one of the most beautiful city view image, bravo...
eugenefu (526) 2012-08-02 19:50
I'm from Malaysia and would like to praise you for taking a rare beautiful shot of Kuala Lumpur city like this. This is the first time I see such great view of it. Well done.
Aloya (27) 2012-08-02 20:35
Great capture my friend. I really love the atmosphere. I love my country Malaysia too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture of KL.
archimatica (20325) 2013-01-28 6:29
Great! I really like it!
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-05
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon E5000
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/9 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Photos from your house, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Blogger slideshow, 'more photos that I'd like to remember (IV), Skylines [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-26 6:45
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