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.
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.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/9, 1/170s, ISO 200
Nowhere in the world apart from Hong Kong have I seen this combination of narrow streets and tall scrapers. I makes this kind of shot work.
The Lippo Twins
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/10, 1/120s, ISO 200
The Lippo is definitely one of the most interesting looking buildings in Hong Kong. Add reflections from an overcast sky and you get some really cool lighting.