*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !
*The Colors of Dawn*
One of the truly magical things about dawn is how quickly the light changes. I shot this a few minutes after sunrise, and the light was still purple. A minute later, it was a glorious gold. It was devilishly cold that morning (especially for me now that I live in mild temperatures Hong Kong) but really worth the 6 AM trip.
*Lunch on Stone*
I find it interesting to take photos accross busy streets. Often, the distance gives you a different sense of the elements you can combine. Here I wanted that great door and the woman eating her lunch. They create an interesting diagonal.
These arches at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park truly are a photographer’s dream: the light, the contrast, the symmetry, and the people all contribute to make great pictures. I was very pleased with the colour rendering of one of these (Walking the Dog in Style) but also found it really worked in black and white.
Pier 7 on Embarcadero is an old fashioned wooden pier lined with metal benches and lamplights. At night it’s nearly empty and offers a very cool symmetrical perspective which I was quick to take advantage of. I wanted a low vantage point, which was tricky because my handmade beanbag (ziplock + dried chickpeas) was confiscated last time I went to New Zealand. So this was precariously balanced on my photo bag…
The combination of transparency and motion blur is one of the things I love in seaside long exposures. Of course, the contrast between the harshness of the rock and the softness of the water also contributes greatly. The bricked up sewer pipe and the green algae also caught my eye in this one.
I was lucky enough to spend a day in Marseille this summer. A friend of mine walked me around the coastline, and I took some long exposure shots in the morning light. Sure, there’s something touristy about some of these shots, but that light is so gorgeous…
Buildings within Buildings
Fuji xpro2, f/2.8, 45mm, 1/100s, ISO 2500
So many skyscrapers in Hong Kong means that with the right angle, you get refllections of buildings in the facades of other buildings. I love that. It’s so Hong Kong.
Fuji xpro2, 75mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 320
Villa Borghese, early(ish) morning, hundreds of dogs being walked. What more needs to be said ?
Fuji xpro2, 53mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
Street musicians make for great photos. I was walking down the streets near the Jewish Quarter with my friend Lori who got us promptly lost. She was concerned about it, I wasn’t: what’s more fun than getting lost in the narrow streets of Rome at dusk? That’s when we stumbled upon this guy. A living piece of yesteryear.