Fuji xpro-2, 72mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
I am no wildlife photographer and have no aspiration to be, but when you’re surrounded by monkeys as was the case in the aptly named Monkey Forest, opportunities of shooting animals abound. I lucked out on this shot, from really close up by wildlife photography standards. I’d been ‘tracking’ this monkey and her baby for the last minute or so, never catching a shot of both their faces when she simply sat down in front of me…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
Bedugul is a beautiful area in the Balinese mountains up North, and sufficiently off the beaten path that it’s not swamped with tourists. The pagoda of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is quite beautiful, set as it is in the Danau Beratan lake. This felt properly Balinese and Oriental at the same time.
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/4, 1/3000s, ISO 200
Truth be told, it’s hard to find anything authentic in Bali, especially in or around Kuta. The area is so devoted to tourism that it feels like very little remains of what Bali must have been originally. And yet I spotted this rare local fisherman pulling his net in. He was definitely not there for tourists.
Narrow Wan Chai Alleyway
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/70s, ISO 200
Hong Kong is more than just large avenues lined with scrapers: there’s dingy narrow alleys as well, where cars can’t go and there’s no public lighting.
Sheep Above Tin Hau
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
As I was taking my daughter to the schoolbus early one morning, I happened to look up to this amazing mottled sky. As soon as she was in the bus, I ran back home, grabbed my camera and wide angle lens and came back to shoot this.
Plants vs. Concrete
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
As I have already said, one of my favourite things in Hong Kong is how nature keeps fighting for its rights. Within 10 minutes of the densest parts of the city, there’s jungle and you would not know the city is nearby. Even in the most urban areas, there are massive trees and the plants survive. My bet is, if the city was abandoned, within months the plants would take back what’s rightfully theirs…
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/480s, ISO 200
One of the things I wanted to do with a wide-angle lens was vertical shots of Hong Kong. It’s such a vertical city that these vertical scapes offer great variety. In Central of course is where the buildings are the highest…
Fuji xpro-2, 75mm, f/10, 1/210s, ISO 200
Got up at 5 AM and walked down the beach while the light was slowly getting brighter. It was surprisingly busy with a mix of joggers, dog-owners and fishermen. Just as the sun was proparly rising I spotted this fisherman which made for a nice silhouette. An hour later, it was raining cats and dogs…
Gateway to Hell
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/1100s, ISO 200
White Island is the single active volcano in New Zealand. As the name says, it’s an island an hour out of Whakatane, and you can walk (with due precautions, namely a guide, a hardhat and a gas mask) all the way to the edge of the crater where fumeroles and sulfur pools are the only trace of activity (but still pretty impressive). I made use of my new wide angle 10-24mm lens here.