Towering Above Everything Else

October 14, 2008 at 5:36 am (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, )

Petronas twin towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas twin towers, Kuala Lumpur

Av:F/2.7; Tv: 1/20; ISO: 80;f: 6mm (35mm-eq: 38 mm)

At first glance, I thought this was an outstanding snap (yeah-yeah .. i patted myself on the back and stuff!). But when I examined it later, I found quite a few shortcomings:

  • As a rule of thumb, tall structures should be shot in Portrait mode. Especially the once-tallest-building-on-earth. Of course, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. However, I think that this snap would have been much better had I rotated my camera 90 deg while clicking it.
  • Even in landscape mode, it is not properly centered. I feel that symmetry is very important for these kinds of photos. Even if there was not perfect symmetry at the time of clicking the snap, I could have fixed it during post-processing (by rotating the picture a bit and inserting black background).
  • There is still an oh-so-faint camera shake (you can discern it if you see the top of the tower on the your right). I probably should have gone for faster shutter. But that would have meant higher ISO and the accompanying noise.
  • Probably giving it a Vivid Skin Tone might have enhanced the overall effect.

What other problem do you see with this snap? Comments are welcome!



  1. Subhanjan Sengupta said,

    Whatever you say, I say this is a good shot. You are talking of symmetry. True. It is important. But try to do things that are ‘zara hat ke’ from the concept and try to bring about a different perspective. I also do not think ‘Portrait’ mode would have worked. The ‘portrait’ mode basically tries to adjust the setting to take a picture of a subject that is close to the lens. Depth of field, therefore, would have been quite low in that case.

    The most important thing is the composition. You see, there are countless pictures on such popular buildings. So why should your picture be different? What new perspective should be there to make it different? I think that is what you should have tried to figure out before taking the pic. Say for example, you could have stepped backwards to the back of the tourists. Then you could have lowered yourself (maybe by kneeling) and take the picture of the towers with people looking up at to the top – all heads held high. Just imagine the picture with silhouettes of people in front of the bright lights of the building. You may have also gone to the other side of the road, and given a high exposure to capture the moving traffic around the Twin Towers. We would have had a new perspective of life around the building.

    So try to take things in a different way. Think more before clicking. You are already doing good work. You will do far better.

  2. Subhanjan Sengupta said,

    And never ever give full size pictures on your blog. Are you not bothered of plagiarism? Reduce the pictures to 640 by 480 and post them on your blog. But of course, one can never stop plagiarists from finding way outs.

  3. kiranoncemore said,

    Hi Subhanjan,

    Your comments are invaluable for me! Thanks for taking so much time out to give these suggestions.

    I can totally imagine what the “silhouettes effect” would have looked like! What I meant by portrait mode was that I should have actually rotated the camera and taken a “vertical” shot so I could have covered more height. I’l keep in mind your point about being different from others while clicking a snap. After all, photography is all about creativity!

  4. kiranoncemore said,

    I did worry quite a bit about plagiarism; but I had assumed that the Creative Commons License would discourage such kind of cheap behaviour!

    But now that you mention it, I think such licenses are not sufficient. I’l start scaling down my snaps down to 640*480 res before posting them. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Subhanjan Sengupta said,

    Thank you Kiran for visiting my pictures. I have answered to your questions over there. Where are your new pictures? I am waiting to see your pictures. You have a good sense. Use it.

  6. anoop said,

    hey..liked that ‘self-critic’ part of ur blog title…! something i wish i wud be able to do too, being an amateur..!
    good snaps btw, n sorry am stil not capable of providing some kind of feedback on the photos..! just love seeing em..!

    Kiran: Hey Anoop, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your encouraging comments. You are too modest – your snaps are way above the level of an amateur 🙂

  7. anoop said,

    hey thanks for droppin in n tht praise on my snaps…tht makes my day..! 🙂
    am still kind of unawares of all technical aspects of photography…n been trying to learnn…! n observing others online is helping out a lot,!
    btw,am using a Canon PS A550..

  8. Aishwarya said,

    I personally feel i lik the ic more cause of the assymetry…think it looks better this way…:)

    Kiran: Aishwarya, you think so? Thanks!! 🙂
    Its true actually .. in some cases asymmetry looks better than the “boring old symmetry”. But was not sure whether that holds for this pic though.

  9. Swapnil said,

    The composition of this picture is good. Symmetry and portrait version of the same subject would create a different effect, but there is nothing wrong with this!

    Kiran: Swapnil, thanks for taking the time out to post your tips on so many photos. The most invaluable asset for a photographer is the knowledge of fellow photographers! And thanks for your compliments on this snap too 🙂

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