The Sun Setting Over Happy Valley
Fuji XPro-2, 38mm, f/13, 1/170s, ISO 200
I live just south of Happy Valley and had already staked the area along Taï Hang road. Yesterday I took advantage of a clear day and went all the way up the road by cab so I could walk all the way down while the sun was setting. My battery died halfway down, but I got some good shots before the XPro2 sucked the juice out of it. I love the mix of buildings and vegetation here in Hong Kong.
Food & Fortune
Fuji XPro-2, 75mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
There are certain things that you really only see in America. But a few years back I already published a shot called « Only in America » so this one had to be called something else. Still, where else in the world are you going to find psychics with their own storefronts next to taco stores ?
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/340s, ISO 200
I had a few hours to kill before my flight from Los Angeles back to Asia, and a friend recommended I check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall for some really interesting photo opportunities. It was an excellent recommendation, and while this is one of the most abstract shots I got, it’s really worth seeing. After some consideration, I decided to leave the lens flare in for added effect.
Breakfast in America
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 4000
I’ve been deprived of a digital camera for three months and deprived of San Francisco for three years. This morning I got up early thanks to the insane jetlag between HK and SFO and I strolled around before the sunrise. It’s good to be taking photos.
Nature vs. Architecture
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/7.1, 1/90s, ISO 6400
Perhaps the most striking sight in Cambodia, the sign of the passage of time, is these ruins completely overtaken by massive trees, the walls completely encased in roots. I couldn’t find any decent broad shot that would convey the strange majesty of it all, so I went the other way and looked for detailed views. This, ultimately, is a good way of highlighting the fight between nature and architecture.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Hong Kong is a city that makes you look up to the sky, and there’s something uplifting about that. I’m still amazed that I live not 10 minutes from where I took this photo.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/9, 1/170s, ISO 200
Nowhere in the world apart from Hong Kong have I seen this combination of narrow streets and tall scrapers. I makes this kind of shot work.
The Lippo Twins
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/10, 1/120s, ISO 200
The Lippo is definitely one of the most interesting looking buildings in Hong Kong. Add reflections from an overcast sky and you get some really cool lighting.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/120s, ISO 200
I love framing buildings with trees, and if there’s one thing you can say about Hong Kong it’s that there’s an abundance of both.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/10s, ISO 200
It won’t have escaped your notice that I’m fascinated with Hong Kong buildings. Having said that, admiring them and framing them in an effective composition are two different things. As I walk around the streets of Central or Causeway Bay, I try not just to see cool looking scrapers but to structure them inside a photo. Work in progress, as they say, but I think I’m getting there.