Monday, February 24, 2014

One night in Beijing

My first stop after arriving in Beijing.  It was a cold night with temperature around -5ºC according to my plan I arrived in Beijing National Stadium, Bird's Nest.

The building is not as massive as I have imagined, but the design is definitely very outstanding and beautiful from every angle.  The night wasn't perfect due to the poor air condition it was a little hazy.  Depict that, I still carry my gear along for a long shutter night scene, my subject of course - The Bird's Nest.

After walking around the stadium, I decided to setup my tripod at around J/K entrance to compose this image.

Beijing Nation Stadium, Bird's Nest - 鸟巢

A typical composition it seems to me a must-have shot for whoever visited this place.

Due to the cold winter night and long shutter effects, only a few tourists/ visitors appear in this frame.  I could have clone it out, but... 

If I were alone (travel with my wife and it is too cold for her), I would have stayed longer and explore the area with more shots.  For those who have not been to Bird's Nest and planning for a trip there and serious about taking great picture, slot in a solid 2-3 hours at least.

Before leaving, I took this final shot.  To me is a must-visit place in China, Beijing.  Try going at night, there will be less crowd and with all the lights properly lit you will get your shot with better colour and contrast.