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The Sun and The Moon

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 25 March 2019 in Cityscape & Urban.


I am back after a week away in the southern regions of Western Australia and continuing on through my China photos from last year. This enchanting spot is located in Guilin and the two structures are the Sun and Moon pagodas. It is in the evening when they really come to life with their beautiful contrasting illuminations. Luckily our hotel was only a couple hundred meters away from the small lake and the pagodas so we were able to get there very easily in our own time.

The classic shot is the obvious composition of the two pagodas and their reflection in the water. I tried to find something a little different and located a little spot away from the main path where I used the illuminated leaves to frame the view across the lake. I though that having the branches in the frame would minimise the boring dark sky over the lake. I shot multiple exposures to be able to blend the details in the shadows while controlling the highlights separately.

It was a funny situation as well because when we found this location it was unoccupied and hardly anyone looked this way. When I set up my tripod and took my camera you would not believe the amount of people that suddenly descended on this spot. I had to ask Paulina to prevent people from reaching over, under and around my camera to take a similar image. Some people were hovering within centimetres of me to jump in my place as soon as I packed my gear. It was all a little bit crazy but all good fun at the same time.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 5 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm

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