Victoria Peak by night. by Matthias Dengler
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Victoria Peak by night.

June 12, 2018

My last evening in Hong Kong, I spent on Victoria peak, one of the surrounding mountains of the city. 3 hours before sunset, I took off by bus from the famous Star Ferry near the central harbour. I knew, I had only one chance to capture it, and the entire day I couldn't see any clouds on the sky.

At first, I arrived at the bus station and was surprised, how little people were on the "viewing platform" until I realised that this platform was heading into the other direction. Upstairs, on the other side of the building, you could enjoy the view over the city. Quickly I realised though that this building and tourist spot I was dropped at was not the spot I wanted to shoot at, since the view towards the harbour was completely blocked.

So I checked the hiking route around The Peak. After a short walk, my breath was taken away by this stunning view! Immediately, I set up my tripod at the perfect spot, until a few minutes later other photographers arrived to reserve their spot.

That was exactly why I came extra early. It was not even boring to watch the day end and spending in summary 3 hours on Victoria Peak. I will not forget this view!

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2 Comments

Derek Brawdy's picture

Great image. Thank you for your notes; I'm in the planning stages of a trip to this very spot n September and your comments are very helpful. Like you, I always do my best to arrive as early as I can to account for getting lost, getting a good spot reserved, and sometimes, just to enjoy the view. What focal legnth did you use for this shot?

Matthias Dengler's picture

Yeah that is totally right! It's not always necessary, but if you have the good weather and no other plan that day, it is certainly a good idea to be early and to take your time :)

I used a 16mm lens on the Fuji APS-C sensor.