Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/11, 6,5s, ISO 200
The last time I’d been in Rome I had spotted those fountains in front of the Borghese Gallery but the light was all wrong and the photos I got weren’t very interesting. This time the light was right, and I had the tripod and ND filter. I quite like how this looks. In particular the rusted stone (is that a thing?) which I guess is fungi of some sort came out real nice. Oh and I know it’s not an imp, more likely some devil out of Dante, but Slow Imp sounded nicer.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/16, 15s, ISO 200
For a long time I’ve been meaning to take a long exposure shot of the coliseum with traffic light trails in front. When I got there thanks to my friend Lori, I found that the angle I wanted to shoot from was occupied with scaffolding and a crane. So I went to the other side, and shot this. To be honest I’m not super happy with the angle, but I still think it works. Will revisit at a later date.
Slow Sea Horses
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 12s, ISO 200
Walking around the Villa Borghese with tripod and ND filter, I realised there were more photo opportunities than I anticipated. I tried to find the right angle for the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini, with the sun behind me and was quite pleased with the results.
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.
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.
Ciggie and Chat
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 400
As I said already there’s a lot more smoking in the streets in Hong Kong compared to what there is in Europe. I’m always on the lookout for these ciggie moments, because in a sense they are characteristic of the place.