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A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
 
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One of Kuala Lumpur's most endearing landmarks, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, is a bit of a challenge to photograph at night. For some reasons, the building lights up only after the sky is pitch black. Even then, there are too many of those 'fairy lights' draped around it, concealing the beautiful architecture.

Story: Combining day with night.
In order to get the best of both worlds, I used 4 separate exposures taken at different times, and combined them into one single image (above).

The (original) individual pictures are shown on the left:
1. 6:59 pm - f5.6, 1/6 sec. Exposing for details on building.
2. 7:19 pm - f5.6, 1.0 sec. Exposing for blue sky, streaking taillights.
3. 7:50 pm - f5.6, 1/3 sec. Exposing for "fairy lights".
4. 7:51 pm - f2 , 1/25 sec. Manually de-focused for use as 'glow' layer.

Tip: Mount the camera on a rigid tripod as precise registration (alignment) of the images is critical. You might end up spending at least 3 hours at that same spot as you wait for the light to change from day to night. Bring a book or a friend along. Make sure you load the camera with fresh batteries and have enough space in your memory card. Changing halfway will cause 'displacement' and ruin the sequence. Finally, make sure a tourist bus don't drive up and park right in between! With exposure and white balance bracketing, I ended up taking over 100 shots. Yes, it's hard work but it's also fun...

All pictures Canon G1, rated at ISO 50
 
15th October 2003
     

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