2013-03-29 – Hong Kong Late Night Lightning Over Wan Chai
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Hong Kong Late Night Lightning Over Wan Chai with TST Star Ferry in the foreground. Hong Kong is such a dynamic city with so much energy and trying to capture the true Hong Kong is my goal. This image was taken late at night after an afternoon and evening of storms. Trying to capture lightning can be challenging as there are many different types of skies and one needs to get the balance just right. Often during storms, the clouds will drop and lightning will only be flashes of light within the clouds. It’s usually after the storm breaks and has past over I’ve had the most success. The air quality is sharper but this does not mean humidity levels drop and can still be an issue. Seeing a picture of Hong Kong skyline with many of the lights turned off for the night is how the city sleeps. Still, an amazing sight to behold and one can watch for hours.
Lightning storms over Hong Kong can be simply exhilarating. They were over a thousand strikes and can last hour after hour and in some cases over 12 hours. Every thunderstorm is unique. Over years of shooting lightning, I’ve learned to observe the rain patterns as well as a frequency to get an idea of the potential for capturing images such as the above image. Shooting time-lapse has also helped me capture more of these types of images that can be very challenging as humidity is high causing the lens to fog up, wind gusts cause camera shake and let’s not forget about the rain. The camera needs to be adjusted for increased light and this is sometimes as much luck as art. Post-production is also very important as there are ways of getting the most of an image but this image took over two days of post-production and many different techniques to get the result you see here.
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