Photo of the Week

Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong (Photo by Vincent Earl “Vince” Tanching)

“Captured on July 20, 2019 during one of my most recent trips to Hong Kong, the Bank of China Tower is one iconic building in the territory’s skyline. I wanted to capture a photo of it showcasing its dynamic architecture as well as the colorful lights that adorn its edges at night. Prior to shooting the building, I spent a considerable amount of time researching online on various possible perspectives from where I can shoot, making use of various tools particularly Google Maps to be able to scout a favorable spot to position my camera. Arriving in the scene prior to sunset, I also began to physically walk around the location, settling on a pedestrian footbridge parallel to the road beside my subject. I used a Nikon Z 7 camera and a Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm lens mounted via the Nikon FTZ lens adapter to capture this final image. To shoot, I set up my tripod on a low-perspective and shot upwards. I timed my photo carefully for me to be able to showcase the edges of the buildings being lit in every shot that I took, where lights glittering at different places in a given moment. I also took into consideration the traffic passing through during that time, so as not to lessen the contrast of my photo from the headlights of the vehicles coming toward my direction. From the numerous photos that I took that evening, I selected twenty-four images, blended them in Photoshop and came up with this truly iconic image.” – Vincent Earl “Vince” Tanching