Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.
Canal Grocery Store
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 500
There’s a whole parallel economy going on on the canals of Bangkok. More often than not it seems you’re not going to the grocery store, the grocery store is coming to you. But they’ve got to stock up somewhere…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/850s, ISO 200
There are a lot of temples in Bali, and a lot of stray dogs in the temples. This one was very peaceful, sitting at the front of one of the temple doors. Mind you it was so hot the poor creature must have been overheating like crazy…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 320
To be entirely frank, our time in the Mekong doesn’t carry with it so many good memories. The weather was awful (despite this being the dry season), two of my kids were ill most of the trip… It wasn’t great. But looking back at the photos, I feel like I captured a little of the spirit of the place (and yes, I realise this woman is ferrying sunhats for the tourists, but at least she’s doing it in a traditional-ish way…)
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
Monks at the Souvenir Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/1200s, ISO 800
I only stayed a few days in Bhutan and it was for work, but I would dearly love to go again, so entranced was I by the little sights I managed to get. One of the things that you see more than anywhere there is Bhuddist Monks. Even in front of souvenir shops.
Navel on Display
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 800
I’ve posted quite a few bare chested guys in this series of moments this week, but I also wanted to capture this particular fashion approach to heat that is the t-shirt rolled under the armpits. Here’s an example of that.
Social Media Break
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/250s, ISO 200
I’m not playing a kind of Hong Kong street photo bingo, but an old guy with a bare torso checking his phone would be a good score if I did!
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO 1000
It’s quite a common occurence to see wedding photos taken in public places. This was very true in Shanghai, and it’s just as true here in HK. I suspect a lot of photoshopping goes into it down the line, but for me it was just fun to snap at these future bride and groom in the stairwell of Central MTR station. The best is that they were smiling at me more (I felt) than they were at the official photographer. I know street theoretically works better when the subjects are unaware of the camera, but I really like this little moment of joy.
Working on a Building
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Bare chests are another fixture of Hong Kong in the warm months. Manual laborers (and indeed men in general) are often seen either bare chested or with their shirts pulled up to just below the armpits. I’ve been trying to capture that ever since I arrived here, and this is certainly one of those successful attempts.