It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
To say that our summer in Wellington a little over a year ago was worse than most winters in France would be an understatement. But I got dramatic skies and heavy grey light, good stuff for long exposure black and whites by the sea. I only published one shot from this series previously, and when I revisited it this one struck me as really interesting.
When it comes to composition, the effects of wide angle on how things sit in the frame is interesting and an opportunity to play around with things. Here the island that was maybe 500 meters from the shore looks really far away, and the rocks at the foot of my tripod look massive. And this was just 15mm, imagine at 10mm !!!
Driving one morning on the winding roads of East Coromandel, I saw this stunning vista. I had to park and get out the camera. I love it when the sun and clouds make a patchwork of the sea.
I know, people checking their phones have become a classic by now, but I like these iron curtain backgrounds and I find there’s a nice contrast to this one.
I’ve always been fascinated by the value people put to various old things. In Europe though there tends to be some apparent selection before things are put for sale, whether it’s in a flea market or as a garage sale. Here in Hong Kong it feels to me (perhaps wrongly) that anything and everything makes it to the curb. I’d be curious to know how much this guy makes a day, I’d be willing to bet it’s not much…
One cultural difference that you quickly notice when living in Asia is that people are not shy about sleeping in public (although now that I think about it, it seems to be mostly men). This is much more spectacular in mainland China where you’ll find guys asleep literally everywhere, but you do see it in Hong Kong as well, as shown here.
Hong Kong is such a modern city that you get constant surprises at how backwards some aspects of it are. When I saw this guy hauling stone on his back, I just could not believe it.
*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!
There is something shocking about seeing homeless army vets in US cities. Just to be clear, I’m not judging, I have no idea what the fate of my country’s vets is after they go on operation. But you do see this a lot in the US. So this isn’t the best of photos, but I felt I needed to share it.