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The Skyline of Hong Kong Island at Sunset

The Skyline of Hong Kong Island at Sunset

Due to a typhoon, I was stuck in my hotel room in Kowloon for two days. It was raining cats and dogs, the air humidity and temperature were similar to those in a hot shower stall. My original plan was to see the daily laser show, which they call The Symphony of Lights. The promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui must be the best spot in Hong Kong to watch it, but obviously when there is a typhoon, they cancel The Symphony of Lights. And I wouldn’t go out with my camera in such humidity anyway.

After two days of lashing rain, it seemed like the typhoon had moved on, so I dared to leave the safety of my hotel room and went to Tsim Sha Tsui. Perhaps they would perform the laser and sound show in the evening. When I got to Tsim Sha Tsui, there were already plenty of people on the promenade. And then I saw this magnificent sky. The typhoon had cleared the air of the usual smog and the setting sun created these beautiful colours in the sky. I knew I didn’t have much time to capture this, so I ran like hell to a spot where I could get an unobstructed view of the skyline and the sunset sky.

Before the laser show, there are always many people hanging out and “reserving” their viewing spots long before the show begins. I managed to get to a good spot and set up my tripod just in the nick of time. I took several bracketed exposures, recorded a short video and… the colors where gone.

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