Canon 7D, 80mm, f/1.8, 1/400s, ISO 200
On the hills of Edinburgh sits the Old Calton Burial Ground, a wonderfully moody cemetery where I spent a good hour just wandering around and taking photos. Some of the mausoleums are massive, such as this one.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are a few pedestrian streets in Wan Chai, in between Johnston Road and Queen’s Road East where street stalls have taken over. While most of them are a food or dry goods (or junk from over the border), there’s a nice enough flower stall there, and the owner seems fairly relaxed.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I often walk past this seafood stall in the Causeway Bay wet market. That evening, the seller had this stance that reminded me of a dancer’s, so I pressed the button.
Bric a Brac
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/280s, ISO 200
Besides street food which is abundantly available in the streets of Hong Kong, there are a lot of street vendors with the kind of odd selection you can see here. In fact, under this bridge on my way to work there seems to be a different bric a brac reseller every day.
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 X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO 2000
Last summer I had the incredible luck of arriving in Paris just the day that the Stanton Moore Trio had been playing the Duc des Lombards. I was there, first row, with Stanton not 3 meters away from me. It wasn’t an easy set-up for photos, but the music was fantastic, and I did get a few interesting shots anyway.
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.
In certain streets when you look straight up, you see the jagged edges of buildings nearly on all sides. It’s a very impressive sight and one that I’ve only seen here.
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…