Most of the time when I travel for work, I travel light. That means a small camera (usually my x100f these days), and even if I take the mirrorless, I only take one or two lenses. But occasionally, I’ll go crazy and take the big zoom lens with me, as I did this one time in Istanbul. And boy was I happy that I did. This shot was the best to come out of a morning of strolling around the sites, making the most of the compression of the zoom for (I think) great effect.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
I really loved visiting Humatun’s Tomb in New Delhi all these years ago. I loved this stone lattice with the two people sitting on the other side. It would have been fascinating to do the same shot a little earlier or a little later to see how the light penetrated the room. Guess that’s an excuse to go again.
*Tin Hau Temple*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
As a Western European, you’re used to grandiose places of worship, built in the middle ages in the glory of the Lord. In Hong Kong, most places of worship are tiny and mostly discreet, but no less beautiful for it. Tin Hau Temple on Hong Kong Island (there are many more temples to Tin Hau elsewhere) is one such temple, but when the doors close at night, it takes on a very different look. This is what I wanted to capture here.
*Tai Hang Tags*
iPhone + Hipstamatic
Tai Hang is one of my favourite places to hang around and shoot in Hong Kong. Often, I shoot street, but this still life of sorts called out to me. There’s a neat kind of balance between the four elements in this shot.
*Silver and Gold*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The Lippo (silver, on the left) is one of the most distinctive buildings in Hong Kong, but the proximity to the Far East Financial Center (gold, on the right) makes a shot with the two of them at the right time of day a compelling proposition. I quite like the contrast they make.
iPhone 6S + Hipstamatic
A street fountain in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Morning light and a cold hipstamatic filter did the trick (I think).
*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !
*Incense for Tin Hau*
There’s a temple to Tin Hau just down my street. It’s interesting in more than one way, but the most fascinating fact (to me) is that it used to be by the shore. With reclaimed land it’s now at least half a mile from the shore ! There are often offerings, incense or burning candles in front, and I tried to compose the incense brazier with the temple in the background.
*Bir Hakeim Bridge*
Sometimes you don’t do long expos for specific effects like freezing water or light trails, sometimes you just do them because it’s dark and you want pin sharp focus and low ISO. This was the case here. In fact, looking back, I’m so lucky to have had this shot: this spot is very favoured by wedding photographers and it’s very rare that there isn’t some sort of shoot going on. There was that night, but they were behind me!