Taipei 101, Taiwan
Three-exposure HDR taken from hard to find Elephant Mountain (no one in Taipei seemed to know where it was!) in an unusually cold and rainy night. Processed with Photomatix. Taipei 101 was until recently the tallest building in the world, the views from the observatory are stunning.
See it large in black: here.
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Focal Length: 44 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Taipei 101 (traditional Chinese: 台北101 / 臺北101), also known as the Taipei Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building, designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and Samsung Engineering & Construction is the world's tallest completed skyscraper according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the arbiter of tall building height. Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. It has been hailed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World (Newsweek magazine, 2006) and Seven Wonders of Engineering (Discovery Channel, 2005). The tower has become an icon of modern Taiwan. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.