The towers at UB City
Category: Cities 'n Architecture
The towers in UB city (owned by the UB group of Mr. Vijay Mallia) is one of the most prominent sights of today's Bangalore skyline. I first noticed it all light up while driving along the cubbon road and asked people 'which building is that?' Subsequently I have roamed around the area to get better views of the towers.
On a visit to the HDFC bank, I figured that the view of one of the towers from the bank complexis not so bad, especially on a sunny day with those white clouds for the background:
This pic was shot using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens, set at 35mm, in Av mode, f/8, ISO-100 for a 1/160s exposure. I wish I had a tripod at that time so that I could take three different exposures and do an HDR merge (see 'HDR image from Golden Temple, Bylakuppe
' for a 'HowTo' on HDR). I never got a chance again, since the sky was mostly dark and cloudy soon after that!
The second tower had to be shot in the night because of its lighting, which makes it stand out in the night even from a good distance - like say Cubbon road or the Mysore road flyover. I took my gear on a weekend evening and drove towards UB city. On my way back, I stopped at Kasturba road for this shot:
This time I had a tripod and a managed to get a few shots for the HDR merge. All of them were shot with the Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens, at 35mm, full manual mode, ISO-100 and f/8. The base image was shot at 1.6s and the others at 0.8s and 3.2s. I dont think the HDR made much difference to the final result, but a little perspective correction and tilting using GIMP may have :)
Apparently, the building's design was inspired by the Empire State's building in Newyork. Even though, its much smaller in comparison, TOI already refers to these towers as Bangalore's Empire State's building ... and rightly so, dont u think?