For the God of Knowledge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s; ISO 3200
The first time I went to Hong Kong 7 years ago I was walking around Central and I kind of stumbled upon Man Mo temple on Hollywood Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and is really tiny inside, but the huge incense spirals as far as the eye can see are a truly impressive sight. This place has a mood all of its own and this time I took my wife and kids there so they could share that experience.
No Rest for Street Vendors
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/100s, ISO 2000
If ever a city deserved the nickname City that Never Sleeps it’s Hong Kong. Even late at night there are still plenty of street vendors plying their trade (mostly in fake electronic goods, watches and food). I captured this one because the light struck me as interesting, outlining the customers as it does.
HK Taxi Stand
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/500s, ISO 3200
I spent a short week in Hong Kong recently, and went out nearly every night to try and capture the particular atmosphere of the city after dusk. I was mostly on Hong Kong Island around Central (my favourite part of HK anyway) and this week I will share photos from a series I entitled Hong Kong Mood, trying to express what makes Hong Kong what it is visually. I was greatly helped by the incredible low-light performance of the Fuji x100s with virtually no grain at ISO 3200. Liberating.
The Front Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
I have an unwavering fascination with doors, especially when they are ornate or derelict or a mix thereof. I took a lot of photos of doors in Venice, most of them half-rotten canal doors. This one probably is the most representative, but I may do a « door » series in the not too distant future.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 800
Limoncello is a staple lemon alcohol from Venice. It’s not unpleasant, but it really is an acquired taste. Still, the bottles look so cool that the photographer in me doesn’t care how it tastes!
San Giorgio at Dusk
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 18s, ISO 200
Obviously, for the lover of Long Exposure that I am, Venice is a godsend. I wish I’d had a proper tripod (there’s only so much a Gorillapod will do) and more evenings and mornings to find cool locations to shoot, but I did get a few shots I liked, including this one.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Venice is ripe with street photo opportunities, and when I saw this couple seated under the statue of a saint alongside Santa Maria del Giglio, I knew I had a good shot despite the high contrast.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/120s, ISO 400
The theme for this week’s photos is Venice. I was lucky enough to have to spend three days in Venice for work last year and spent all of my free time walking the streets and losing myself in the labyrinth. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface, so the selection this week will be only a little bit of what I think I could shoot if I went back. Anyway, here’s the first shot, a view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, with the obligatory gondola. I wasn’t exactly plagued with beautiful weather, but there was enough texture in the sky at most times that it didn’t look completely bland.
Nostalgie de Paris
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
Just before the summer I finished a roll of one of my favorite slide film: Agfa Scala 200. I remember walking back to St Lazare, past Trinité and thinking the alignment of the Metro sign with the Trinité Church bell-tower would make an interesting composition. Months later, after scanning the film, I have to agree with my past self. I’m in two minds whether the slight aperture blur of the Church is too much, just right or not enough, but I guess it’ll give me an excuse to experiment further next time I’m in Paris.
Buddha in the Clouds
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200
This is another shot of the Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu, Bhutan. A truly impressive piece of architecture. One of the most surprising aspects to me was the notion that this would be built today. I can’t imagine a cathedral being built in France today in the style of the medieval cathedrals, yet this is, in essence, what it is. It’s one of those moments when I realize that spirituality truly means something else in Asia.