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View from the TV tower

View from the TV tower
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13703 W: 295 N: 27291] (109601)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-23
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: China-Hong Kong
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 23:19
Viewed: 7916
Points: 150
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A highlighted building from the TV tower

I captured this photo,from the second Observatory of the Oriental Pearl Tower(TV Tower),from height of 263m/863ft, of the total height of 468m/1535ft.

I had three disadvantages:
a. the Observatory turned slowly in order the visitors to can see the whole panoramic
view of the region,
b. No one could come out from the Observatory, because of the height and the rain
c. I used 1600 ISO to win f/stops

Anyhow,i hope to like the view.

Shanghai situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Administratively, Shanghai is a municipality of the People's Republic of China that has province-level status. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.
Originally a sleepy fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the twentieth century and was the centre of popular culture, intellectual discourse and political intrigue during the Republic of China. Shanghai once became the third largest financial centre in the world, ranking after London and New York City, and the largest commercial city in the Far East in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. After the communist takeover in 1949, Shanghai languished under heavy central government taxation and many of its supposedly "bourgeois" elements were purged. Following the central government's authorization of market-economic redevelopment of Shanghai in 1992, Shanghai quickly surpassed early-starters Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and has since led China's economic growth. Some challenges remain for Shanghai at the beginning of the 21st century, as the city struggles to cope with increased worker migration and a huge wealth gap. However, these challenges aside, Shanghai's skyscrapers and modern lifestyle mark the pinnacle of China's recent economic development.

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Hi Danos
Beautiful view of this big tower. I like the colours and how you framed it. Nice POV and details
Have a nice day

Hi Danos. Very nice night photo. It's all good, I really like the colors. The only bad thing is the electronic noise, maybe that can be solved with ninja noise or other similar program, but the photo is really good.


Hi Danos. Your camera handles the high ISO quite well and you have captured good sharpness and colours. The POV gives a view seldom seen by most and is quite unique. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

Hi Danos
Very good night photo. Nice modern architecture.


Though the conditions were not easy you managed to obtain a great shot. The view is undoubtely spectacular and there is a fine light management. I like the golden colour that came out and the impressive sense of height. Composition the shows the tower in a good position.
Best greetings,

Για σου Δάνο,
Δύσκολη αλλά επιτυχημένη η φωτό σου. Η πλάγια τοποθέτησή του κτιρίου και ο έντονος φωτισμός του μου άρεσαν ιδιαίτερα. Όσο για τον θόρυβο, δεν ξέρω αν χρησιμοποίησες το NeatImage, συχνά κάνει θαύματα.
Να 'σαι καλά να μας ταξιδεύεις.

Bonjour Danos
une capture incroyable en plongée sur cette tour célèbre , de tres beaux détails, une lumière bien gérée, une superbe photo nocturne
bravo pour cette excellente réalisation sans failles

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2009-01-20 2:17]

Exposure setting are really great in this noturne shot. The architecture shapes are really beautiful. well done!



Very impressive, Danos. Great result considering the conditions you described. Love the vertigo perspective and the golden details on top with the cross. Nice also the blue lines of the roof at left helping with the framing. Congratulations.
Warm regards,

Hello Danos,
The very futuristic image, is also very spectacular. The quality of the night image is good. Framing and point of view are impregnable. Cheer.
Have a nice day

Hello Danos,

A very orginal, very good and especially very impressive POV for this superb and interesting night's photo. Light and colours very well collected. A good and nice photowork. Congratulations.
Best regards,

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-01-20 4:06]

Hi Danos,

very attractive night shot. Well chosen pov and very nice lights combination. The crop and the placement of the tower at the right also please my taste. For iso 1600, the quality is good. Great job!

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2009-01-20 4:07]

Geia sou Dano,
omorfi nuxterini fotografia,i gonia lipsis mou aresei idiaitera edo,
sumfona me tis sunthikes pou anafereis,kinisi tou simeiou pou vriskosouna,vroxi alla kai ISO 1600,to apotelesma einai poli kalo!

Γεια σου Δάνο!

Δεν μας έχεις συνηθίσει σε νυχτερινές λήψεις, αλλά με αυτήν εδώ μας αποδεικνύεις ότι μπορείς να διαπρέψεις και σε αυτόν τον τομέα! Εξαιρετικό κάδρο και σύνθεση, σημείο λήψης που κόβει την ανάσα, ιλιγγιώδης προοπτική και άψογη διαχείριση του φωτός! Συγχαρητήρια!


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  • parbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 15 N: 3160] (11092)
  • [2009-01-20 6:39]

Kalimera Dano,

Golden colored lights are very attractive in the middle of dark night and you cleverly used the advantage of high POV for photographing well illuminate building. Blue lines from next building, red signs and its interesting dome very well captured under difficult conditions. Congratulations. Ευθυμίες.



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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2217 W: 153 N: 3554] (15929)
  • [2009-01-20 7:56]
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Dane kalispera

Apithani foto apo psila pou dimiourgei entono aisthima ipsofovias. Eklpiktika fota kai sxedia grafistika. Ligaki thorivos sto kentro pou profanos dimiourgithike apo tin nikterini foto. Pragmatika poli entiposiaki


Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
Υπέροχη και επιβλητική φωτογραφία με πολύ καλή διαχείριση του τεχνικού φωτισμού και άψογη τεχνική. Πολύ καλή η γωνία λήψης με δύσκολες συνθήκες.
Χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2009-01-20 9:07]

Hi Danos,
Outstanding POV to capture this beautiful night time view of this impresssive Chinese skyscraper.
You have managed the light here flawlessly rendering lovely varying shades of gold and flattering blues.
Regards, Tom

salut danos
un POV en plongée qui donne le vertige avec une belle profondeur dans le cadrage, lumiére et couleur nickel

very beautiful night shot Danos,
marvelous quality job here, I likeit a lot, good photo job. have anice evening.

regard jaap

Helo Danos
What a great perspective at night and what a great present of this biulding
Very nice details

Hi Danos
A wonderful night photo. You reflected the beautiful modern architecture very well.
Best regards,

the POV is interesting, and the square format is very appropriate, great framing,
nice view

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2009-01-20 16:29]

Hi Danos!
Very good night shot with a great pov! In such conditions you got a great result. The building is great!

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  • orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
  • [2009-01-20 21:53]

Hello Danos,
This is a great architectural shot.
Your point of view here is excellent. Wonderful detail and lighting.
Best regards,

Geia sou Dano,
Entypwsiakh eikona apo gwnia lhpshs pou kovei thn anasa. Eksairetiko apotelesma!
Kalh sou hmera

hi Danos

I like the POV and the 1/20s is giving nice light and exposure. Your iso1600 is good without much noise, although the 5DMkII can give much better resolution. The shot shows a full view of the building. Good work.

tfs, bill

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2009-01-21 0:28]

Beautiful and lovely night shot, and a great POV from up top even higher than this tower. Beautiful color and good sharpness. Showing the beautiful Shanghai night scene. It's not the same China I saw 10 years ago. Thanks

Hi Danos,
Great architectural shot with fantastic composition and gorgeous lights. The POV is very effective, the atmosphere great likewise. Congratulations. Have a nice day!

Yasu Danos,
Wonderdul sharpness and colors, and nice details coming from the lights. Very nice filemou.
Se xereto. Salvator.

hi danos
spectacular and impressive POV, despite of the disadvantages you have achieved a very interesting shot, light and framing are very well managed.

ta leme

Ciao Danos, great nocturne shoot with fantastic light, wonderful POV, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Danos,
In spite of the technical difficulties because of the light and the movement of this Tower, you have obtained a magnificent photographic result in this night capture, with a beautiful sight and a dizzy perspective.
ISO 1600 has not given a very visible noise.
Excellent work.
Best regards,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-01-21 23:06]

Kalimera Danos,
unusual POV, good night shot. ISO 1600 and fine finaly effect. Good note also. I like it. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15448 W: 159 N: 26998] (141792)
  • [2009-01-21 23:12]

HI Danos
Impressionnant ce POV plogeant sur cette tour ultra moderne a la couleur doré et plein de détails, belle image nocturne

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2009-01-21 23:26]

Hi Danos,
I like to go on these high towers... and night time brings out all the colorful city lights...
An impressive POV and downwards perspective!
Ta leme

Salam Danos
A wonderful view of modern architecture.Great POV, colours , lights and perspective.

Bonjour, mon ami Danos,
Une fois encore, j'admire votre technique et votre façon de donner aux compositions une beauté toute particulière.
La tour prend une autre dimension. Bel exemple d'une grande maîtrise technique.
Photo très réussie.

Kalimera Danos,
Poli amorfo photo!Great POV and very nice night capture with good light,nice details here.
Have a nice day,

Γεια σου Δανο και καλη χρονια.Εξαιρετικο το σημειο ληψης δημιουργωντας την αισθηση του "πεφτω στο κενο" η "πεταω" αναλογα με την ευαισθησια του καθενος.Πλουσια χρωματα,τεχνολογια και εξελιξη στην Κινα του 21ου αιωνα που μας παρουσιαζεις πολυ ομορφα και τεχνικα.


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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2009-01-22 6:06]
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Hi Danos;
Where are you taked in this photo?Yea,this is wonderful,very nice height and idea!
Have a nice day,dear my friend


Kalispera Dano.
Cette vue en plongée sur cette tour est d'une grande beauté. J'aime le graphisme et les couleurs.
Malgré les difficultés la photo est une réussite.

Hello Danos,
You had achieved the best pov to have this great architecture well captured in a nightshot! I loved it! the ISO 1600 is incredible for this beautiful photojob!
good exposure and focus as well
very well done

Hi Danos,
Very beautiful night view. The POV, sharpness and colours are excellent. All the best.
Warm regards.

Hi Danos,
Tne view is very impressive, and you have well managed the exposure, nic night shot.

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2009-01-22 14:26]

Hello Danos,
Impressive catch da vertigo. This beautiful tower and a place from where it took. Excellent light and detail.
Best regards,

Kalimera Dane kai Kali Xronia,

Eyxomai o neos xronos na einai dimioyrgikos fotografika kai oxi monon...

Poly "dyskoli" fotografisi, lambanomenwn ypopsi kai twn syn8ikwn poy anafereis, parola ayta to apotelesma einai ejairetiko.

Me ektimisi

Geia sou Dano!
Panemorfh nyxterini lipsi me teleia gwnia kaiteleio fwtismo.
Mia fotografia poy kobei thn anasa

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2009-01-23 9:08]

Amazing quality for the nocturnal shot, indeed! Great work!

Ciao, Danos.
Striking view and excellent quality at 1600 ISO. This truly is a fine job, my friend. Most specifically : the chosen angle and light management deserve nothing but praise. Have a nice weekend, I'll see you soon.

The view of a tower from a more high PoV is a true unusual view, well done Danos, compliments for this excellent capture, beautiful under all point of view.

Hi Danos,

A real spectacular picture from a skyscraper seen from a still higher skyscraper.
Excellent night shot with great sharpness and lovely colours.

Groet Rob

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  • LamCam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 650 W: 73 N: 665] (3607)
  • [2009-01-27 14:02]

Hello Danos,
From this amazing viewpoint the spectacular tower looks almost artificial - like a scene from a video game! You have captured the magic of such a view, despite the difficulties. The 'noise' does not spoil the effect of the shot too much, because the subject is not a 'natural one.
Best wishes....Maggie

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2009-01-27 14:56]

Kalimera Danos,
I wish all my nocturne shots taken in much more favourable situation were so achieved as this one. It's hard to believe that you took it from a moving platform and used 1600 ISO, as it has a great clarity and it almost doesn't present any signs of noise. But, perhaps more important than that, is the fact that you did a great compo with a great perspective, very nicely balanced despite the radical angle.
Regards, José.

geia ksana...
pw pw entypwsiako skhniko apo ekei psila!!!
ligo ypsofoviko alla h 8ea nomizw 8a se antameipse :)
episis mou aresei opos syndyazetai h sygxronh arxitektoniki me ta entona fwta dhmiourgontas mia ais8hsh oti eisai out of space...

Hi Danos, The high POV is excellent & really shows off it's hight & the architecture very well, the lighting is superb & so is the detail, overall a well composed picture, TFS kind regards Wilson.

Ola Danos,
Que beleza de foto nocturna , ficou lindo o edifício visto deste ponto de visão o seu topo parece uma flor , lindos detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2009-01-30 18:28]
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Hi Danos
About the first disadvantage it was possible to put your camera on a tripod and taking several picture without mooving the camera, next plane for Shanghai at 6 o'clock :)
You can have same at El Borg Tower in Cairo the top restaurant is turning slowly.
Interesting dominant POV
Best regards

Hello Danos,
I think the secret of the picture lies in the attractive colours and the fact that we are looking at the giant from above - like an adult is looking at a child. I like it very much.
As for the noise: for ISO 1600 I find the result for excellent. For comparison I send you a copy after noise suppression.
Best whishes

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-02-03 10:06]

Hi Danos,

A dizzying view on the building colorful, I love this kind of corolla illuminated at the top. Thank you for the correction of noise in WS, good job on the aesthetics of the image. Danos thank you.

With all my friendships and a very good evening,


Hi Danos,

The 1/20 second exposure time and the 1600 ISO gave good results. The ponty of view is showing the details and colors of the highlighted building. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. well done, Have a nice day.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 77 N: 406] (6289)
  • [2009-02-13 23:58]

Vertigineux point de vue
Bonne journée.

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-02-15 9:41]

Hi Danos!
What a great POV for this excellent shot!
The position of this golden building in the frame is perfect and I like the perspective.Very good quality.

hello Danos
what an impressive view!It gives an important sensation of vertigo!I like the round and beautiful architecture of the tower!In spite of the 1600 iso,the rain and the fact that it was impossible to go outside,you have obtained an incredible quality!I like the luminous lines ans points all around the tower,they give a very nice graphism!Congratulations,it's superb!

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2009-03-17 12:24]
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Kalispera Danos,
This is an amazing work, even without considering your handicaps, Your framed an interesting and balanced variety of shapes and colors on the night. It looks very sharp to me and I really don't see any noise either. Well done.
HLJ, Pat

Hi Danos.

My compliments for this excellent POV and picture, according to the difficulties.

The light management is great!

Rgs, Oscar

Hi Danos: This is a unique pov of the night shot. The sharpness and details are flawless with shapes and patterns making this a beautiful shot. Well done and have a nice day. Best regards. Jusni

Dobro jutro prijatelju, noc je bila hladna a dan je poceo sa suncem.
Izgradili su mnogo visoke zgrade, jeste da je pticja pekspektiva ali ste docarali ovom lepom fotografijom izgled ove zgrade. Odlicne boje izdvojile su motiv od okoline.
Lep dan, Paja.


Καλός φίλος πρωί, η νύχτα ήταν κρύα και η ημέρα άρχισε με τον ήλιο.
Χτισμένο πολλά ψηλά κτίρια, είναι ότι η γρίπη των pekspektiva αλλά docarali αυτή την όμορφη φωτογραφία διαρρύθμιση του κτιρίου. Άριστη χρώμα διαχωρίζεται το θέμα του περιβάλλοντος.
Καλή σας μέρα, Paja.

hello Danos
very beautiful night shot...
very spectacular image...
I like the colours and how you framed it...
well done...

Hola Danos

I also have been at Shanghai so I enjoyed your perfect photo, colors are the real ones, very good work !!


Kalimera Danos,
night scene from highr ground well collected - good sharpness and colors', lighting management superb.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2010-10-22 0:31]

hi Danos
odličen pogled na vrh TV stolp. lepe tople barve in tudi dobra ostrina v fokusu, ki je na vrhu stolpa.
lepo delo in lepo narejeno! TFS!

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  • quillo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 417 N: 1877] (11856)
  • [2011-03-26 2:27]

Hola Danos, a difficult image for the light,
but obtained well with a perspectica
from above very impressive,
I like ....


Δάνο καλησπέρα,
η λήψη από τέτοιο ύψος και κάτω από αυτές τις συνθήκες που περιγράφεις κάνει την φωτογραφία εξαιρετικά επιτυχημένη.Μου αρέσουν τα χρώματα,οι λεπτομέρειες όπως και η ομορφιά της φωτογραφίας σου.


Imposant tower Danos, good pov and light management
Excellent colors and sharpness
Many useful details in your photo note
Have a nice day

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