Broken Stone of Beng Mealea
Fuji Xpro2, 30mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Besides the well known sites around Angkot Wat and Angkor Thom, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other sites near Siem Reap in various states of disrepair. Beng Mealea was only recently opened to visitors and has not been restored at all. It’s fascinating both because it gives a sense of what the more famous temples must have looked like before restoration and because it truly feels abandoned.
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.
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.
Sunset over Causeway Bay
One of the things I quickly noticed upon arriving in Hong Kong is the quality of light. In Shanghai the light was mostly flat, in France it often is too. Here the light is powerful and direct when the sky is bue, different but no less interesting when there are clouds. It’s a photographer’s delight as this sunset shot taken from the window of my son’s room hopefully shows.
To Infinity and Beyond…
One of the things that surprised me in Hong Kong is the constant presence of trees, despite the unbelievable urban density. It’s sub-tropical here, and you can feel it not just in the weather but in the surprising audacity of vegetation. I’ve taken to framing my upward shots with branches whenever I can.
Do you see the sea ?
One of the things I love here is that it’s relatively easy to reach high vantage points which give you amazing photo opportunities. Sure, this was shot through a window on the 10th floor of a commercial building, but you wouldn’t know to look at it, would you ? I was looking down on this small building surrounded on all sides by massive scrapers, thinking that it must feel a tad claustrophobic living there…
Walking the streets of Hong Kong offers tons of photo opportunities, but not just in the street genre. If you start looking upwards you see a whole lot of interesting lines and textures. As the only camera I always have with me is the iPhone, I’ve been shooting a fair bit of it these last few weeks. This one is from Causeway Bay.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Brussels in Colour
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 15s, ISO 400
Brussels is a beautiful and fantastic city, cosmopolitan, architecturally and culturally exciting, great to walk around and full of lovely and interesting people. This week I will be posting only photos of Brussels. This is the Grand Place. I didn’t have a tripod, but I had my beanbag with me so I set it on the curb and shot a 15s exposure. It doesn’t normally look that empty!
Westminster on Thames
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Kodak T-Max 400
I’ve been to London many times, but under a nice sun it’s a city that never fails to charm me. I was staying at a hotel near Westminster and that morning went to a meeting at Victoria station on foot just for the chance to take advantage of the sun. By the time I got back form the meeting, said sun had gone…