Breakfast in America
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 4000
I’ve been deprived of a digital camera for three months and deprived of San Francisco for three years. This morning I got up early thanks to the insane jetlag between HK and SFO and I strolled around before the sunrise. It’s good to be taking photos.
Nature vs. Architecture
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/7.1, 1/90s, ISO 6400
Perhaps the most striking sight in Cambodia, the sign of the passage of time, is these ruins completely overtaken by massive trees, the walls completely encased in roots. I couldn’t find any decent broad shot that would convey the strange majesty of it all, so I went the other way and looked for detailed views. This, ultimately, is a good way of highlighting the fight between nature and architecture.
Angkor on the Horizon
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/640s, ISO 200
Phnom Bakheng is a derelict temple at the top of a hill overlooking Angkor Wat. Seeing the famous three spires emerge through the foliage was something quite unique.
The Yellow Stone of Lo Lei
XPro-2, 27mm, f/4.5, 1/150s, ISO 200
It is with a bit of a heart wrench that I start this new series of photos from Cambodia. On the way back, my photo bag was stolen, and I discovered the hard way that it’s pointless to do three backups if you store them all in the same bag. The only trace left of the 1000+ shots is a couple of hundred low-res exports I did for my Family blog. It’s better than nothing, I guess, but the light was extraordinary, and the place was extraordinary. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy the remnants of a great photo opportunity gone slightly amiss.
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.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Hong Kong is a city that makes you look up to the sky, and there’s something uplifting about that. I’m still amazed that I live not 10 minutes from where I took this photo.