Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
One of the reasons I love the CT 100 slide film is that the colours are vivid but stay really natural. In Tai Hang there are many colourful signs, shopfronts, etc. so it’s a good combination.
Walking Down the Street
Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100
I recently rediscovered my Minox 35ML film camera. It’s a tiny tiny camera with a truly great lens. Sadly it’s very fragile and after shooting just a few rolls it crapped out on me. But I shot a full roll of my favourite slide film Agfa CT 100 in Tai Hang and they came out great. This is a really classic street composition I guess, but I love how the light hits her. The focus isn’t exactly spot on, that’s hyperfocal at f/5.6 for you…
The Inquisitive Butcher
Fuji XPro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 3200
There’s a tiny street in the Mid-Levels called Gage street that feels a lot more like China than most of Hong Kong. It’s got this open air wet market with the meat and fish on display just like in Shanghai. I love it and probably need to get back there.
Fuji XPro2, 40mm, f/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 100
Night lights and narrow streets make for interestingly lit shots in Hong Kong.
Getting His Hands Dirty
Fuji 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 320
Taï Hang, as I mentioned previously, is an area that used to be mostly garages and body shops. Restaurants are taking over as it gets gentrified, but there are still a fair few around. The fun thing about them is that there’s no space to work on cars inside the garages, so more often than not, they repair on the streets. Cool for street photographers, as you can see here!
Fuji Xpro2, 75mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 5000
One of the interesting things here is that the streets never really sleep. At least until midnight they don’t. A lot of the smaller stores are still open, illuminating scenes like this one.
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
I love these little noodle bars with tables virtually on the street. You see them mostly everywhere, but especially in Tai Hang. Unlike in other parts of China, the dog is under the table, not in the bowl.
A Cabbie Friend
Fuji XPro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are little moments of magic that occasionally occur when you do street photography. I’d noticed the two guys holding shoulders, but then the lady with the umbrella walks past and I know it’s the right moment to shoot.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 5000
Trams are a new subject for me, I never lived or stayed long in a place that has trams before. So I’m trying various things inspired by trams. This is one of them, playing on the different planes formed by the garish advertising on the one hand and the passengers on the other. It creates a funny sense of disorientation.
Fuji XPro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 5000
One of the reasons I love walking around Taï Hang is that the garages don’t have any workshops due to space constraints. So all the work happens in the streets. You often see cabs being fixed like this one here (although I don’t quite know what you fix in the engine by spraying water on it.)