Probably this could be the best picture I took this year, for many reasons. For one, the effort I went through to get this particular angle which reminded me, not anyone can claim to be a photographer. A Real photographer need to do his homework, plan ahead of time and find superb and different view points. As i always tell my students, to create a GREAT photo it depends on three main elements (1) Subject Matter, (2) View Point and (3) The Photographer. If one managed to get these three element perfectly, than most likely the photo would be very good in all aspect
This particular one was no different. For one, the subject matter is the famous Petronas Twin Tower. At one point they were the tallest building in the world, but still as TWIN building they still hold that position and honor, not to mention its the main landmark in Kuala Lumpur and probably the entire Malaysia.
As for the view point, I had to a find an angle that would show these giants in a different and spectacular way. So I researched on the internet and I saw couple of photos from the same view points, and I knew instantly that I needed a wide angle lens to cover such an angle, and hence the decision was to use my wide 21mm Zeiss 2.8 Baigon. Also, on that particular view point, taking photo was totally not allowed, and I knew that in advance, but I just couldn’t accept it, hence I decided to go with my Leica M9, simply If I have taken my canon 5D Mark II, people would have assumed that I was a professional Photographer or a journalist due to the size of the Canon. With Leica M9, even though its a professional camera, but due to its small size, people tend to assume this person is an amateur and just another tourist :). AND IT WORKED after one hour worth of begging!
As for the third element, i.e. the photographer, I had to do it different and unique to myself, to be distinguished from the others who already took more or less the same angle.For one, I choose my favorite time to take the photo, i.e. during BLUE HOUR and secondly was to go with HDR technique. Therefore, I took five different photos at different exposures on a step of 1/3 stops. Combined that photos together using software called “PhotoMatix”. And after several editing and retouching, with photomatix and light room, this was the final look that I was satisfied and ready to show the world.
Thanks and let me know what do you think, as usual your comments and remarks are appreciated