The City Lights At Dusk

Dusk, Bangkok, Thailand

While visiting Bangkok we stayed in the Lebua at State Tower hotel. It’s famous for being used in the Hangover 2 film, although I didn’t know that at the time of booking. This was the view from our balcony which was pretty fantastic! It was great to observe the traffic and listen to the sounds of the city from above. There’s something special about watching all of the lights come to life during the transition from day to night. It’s almost like the city changes, taking on a different personality.

Before leaving for Thailand I bought a small, flexible, light tripod that’s a bit like the well known gorillapods. It was invaluable for this long exposure which I simply wouldn’t have been able to attempt handheld. I wanted to try and give a sense of the traffic moving along the highway. It looked to be one of the main arteries into the city which I guess isn’t surprising as it spans the river. You can also see the trails left by some boats working the Chao Phraya river, which provided some of the highlights of our trip. I’ll be posting more about that soon!

What’s the best view you’ve had from a hotel balcony? Do you enjoy a good dusking? Any long exposure tips for me? I’d be happy to hear from you!

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8 thoughts on “The City Lights At Dusk

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sreejith. Because I had the tripod I was able to shoot at ISO100 which really helped to keep it sharp. The composition was fairly restricted since I was shooting from a balcony facing in only one direction! So I can’t take too much credit for that.

  1. i*Kan

    Nice shot! What were your aperture and shutter speed settings? For a change I dragged my tripod with me on our vacation and tried to take pics of the lava glow at a volcano (pics coming up soon!) but had to increase the ISO to get decent exposure, since the max shutter speed I could get was 30 seconds.

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan! The shutter speed was 30 seconds which is also the maximum I can get with my camera. Aperture was 13 and my ISO was set manually to 100.

      I did post-process this photo in Lightroom to bring up some of the shadows to brighten up the scene. Shooting in RAW mode I am always so surprised by how much information is in the dark areas of the photo just waiting to be discovered!

      That’s great you took your tripod, good effort! I look forward to seeing the pictures you got 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Judy! I love the time between sunset and darkness. It offers some great opportunities and as you say, wonderful lighting. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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