Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
There are a lot of smokers here in Hong Kong and I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good street shots of people smoking, but shy of sticking my camera in their face – which I’m loathe to do – it’s hard. This one is the first shot I really like, not only because you see the subjects is smoking but because you see the smoke.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2500
There aren’t that many cities where you can really explore vertical perspectives. Tokyo is one of them and with this shot I was aiming to do just that.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2000
Christmas season it seems starts earlier every year. In the US it’s usually after Thanksgiving, but here in Asia there’s no Thanksgiving so it’s usually after Halloween… One thing is for sure: late November Tokyo is ablaze with Christmas lights. This wasn’t one of the more spectacular trees, but it was an interesting contrast with the signs in the background, I thought…
Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Tokyo (or at least parts of Tokyo) has a very industrial feel, and I was reminded of Blade Runner in ways that (strangely) Hong Kong doesn’t evoke to me. Cold light, lots of multi-level pedestrian walkways and (inevitably) lots of escalators.
Inside the Crypt
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/140s, ISO 200
It’s not easy to capture the inside of a crypt, especially on a sunny day. You have to find one with the proper orientation to the sun so that the outside isn’t blown and the inside isn’t black. I quite like this shot for that reason.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/220s, ISO 200
What I really liked in the Père Lachaise cemetery compared to others I have visited is that parts of it are not nicely laid out and manucured. There are wild areas, where the tombs seem to jut from the ground, the vines have invaded the stones, etc. It feels much more like what I expect a cemetery to feel like, a place forgotten by the living.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/1.8, 1/400s, ISO 200
On the hills of Edinburgh sits the Old Calton Burial Ground, a wonderfully moody cemetery where I spent a good hour just wandering around and taking photos. Some of the mausoleums are massive, such as this one.