St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 3200
I have always had this fascination for architectural alignments: colonnades, footbridges, tunnels. And the area in Paris around the Louvres is great for such photos, except advertising seems to have invaded all those alignments on Rue de Rivoli. Thankfully, the Comédie Française (our national theatre) is having none of that, and I was able to shoot this in front of the entrance last week.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
I love Stockholm’s architecture, this mix of hanseatic houses and neo-roman columns. This is a building I love just as you enter Gamla Stan from the castle side.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/340s, ISO 200
I had a few hours to kill before my flight from Los Angeles back to Asia, and a friend recommended I check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall for some really interesting photo opportunities. It was an excellent recommendation, and while this is one of the most abstract shots I got, it’s really worth seeing. After some consideration, I decided to leave the lens flare in for added effect.
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…