Today’s photo is of the Lippo Center and the Admiralty Center Tower – Lippo Center Tower 2, to be precise – on Hong Kong island.
I’m guessing I walked along Connaught Road to Cotton Tree Drive to get from Exchange Square to the location of today’s photo, taken from Cotton Tree Drive outside Fairmont House and looking in an easterly direction.
As with my shot of the Exchange Square Towers 1 and 2, I’ve tightly framed today’s shot with a telephoto. This also serves to compress the distance and make the Admiralty tower on the left appear closer to the Lippo Center Tower 2 than it really is.
The Lippo Center was called the Bond Center back in 1989 when I took this photo but when Alan Bond’s Bond Corporation imploded in 1992 with debts of 1.8 billion Australian dollars they were bought by the Indonesian Lippo corporation. Bond’s loss was Lippo’s gain. The two towers were completed in 1988 – just the year before I took this photo. They were designed by American architect Paul Rudolph who sought to break up the straight lines of the traditional skyscraper with boxy clusters of protruding windows.
Reflected in the blue glass windows of both the Admiralty Center Tower and the Lippo Center Tower 2 is the golden colored Far East Finance Center Tower.
Topaz B&W Effects 2.1
As I mentioned in a post yesterday, an updated version of Topaz Labs B&W Effects will be released shortly and I’ve been working with a pre-release edition. Below is a rendition of the Lippo Center and Admiralty photo above in black and white, processed in Topaz B&W Effects 2.1.
With a little more time to explore the features of this new version I’m really liking the possibilities it opens up. I usually scroll through a bunch of the presets to find one I like to start from and then hop over to the modifying control to further play with the image. There’s a million-and-one ways to render an image in black and white. Below is one version I settled on for today’s image.