Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Chung Yeung Festival is a remembrance day in Hong Kong when families will gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. It’s a day for burnt offerings of all sorts, and while wandering the streets of Sai Ying Pun, I stumbled upon this store specialising in such products.
Buildings within Buildings
Fuji xpro2, f/2.8, 45mm, 1/100s, ISO 2500
So many skyscrapers in Hong Kong means that with the right angle, you get refllections of buildings in the facades of other buildings. I love that. It’s so Hong Kong.
Fuji x100f, 28mm
There’s a sports ground of sorts in Wan Chai around which people sit at all hours, usually reading their phones. Just like this guy. I quite like the perspective of this shot.
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 640
You see a lot of these roast duck (and, I’m assuming other meats) stores in the streets of Hong Kong. This one is in Causeway Bay, and as I often walk past it to get back from work, I always like how the light illuminates the customers in the early evening hours. This time I captured it.
Fuji X100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
We used to see these stores selling all kinds of seemingly unrelated junk all the time in Shanghai. They also exist in Quarry Bay, it seems. I love them, so Chinese!
Slow Hong Kong
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 85s, ISO 200
50mm telephoto extension + in-built ND8 filter
I always meant to explore Bulb mode for really long exposures, but have rarely found the opportunities to do it. Monday night I realized my 21st floor hotel room overlooked a highway amidst tall Hong Kong buildings. I set up my tripod against the window sill and voila! This is a rough version as I’m posting this from the airport and haven’t had time to really tweak the colour temperature, but it’s interesting (I think).
Qibao Food Stall
Fuji TX2 (XPAN), 45mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 50
Film: Ilford Pan F
I used a roll of Pan F recently in Shanghai. I love that film, but at 50 ISO it’s bloody hard to use, especially on the TX2 which at best will open to f/4. I do plan to do a project on people and motion using Pan F with a tripod but this wasn’t it. I had a few shots left on the roll, so one sunny lunchtime I headed out to Qibao, a water town really close form the center of Shanghai. Probably two close and consequently overcrowded, but I got this shot of the (numerous) food stalls which I quite like.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
It’s that Yangshuo food market again. You never realize the incredible variety of vegetables in the world until you visit a food market on another continent. The number of unknown vegetables you’ll see is astonishing. Things that you have never seen, have no idea what they’re called, and most of all no idea what they taste like. There’s a French charity here in Shanghai called APM that released a number of trilingual cook books (French/English/Chinese) to raise money. Their next project is a book on local fruit and vegetables and how to prepare them. I can’t wait to read that!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
If there’s one minor quibble I have with the Fuji x100s it’s that the in-built ND filter stays on after you shut the camera off. So when you finish a shoot with the ND on and forget to switch if off then, you start the next shoot with the ND filter on. And since the auto-ISO pumps up the ISO when you have insufficient light, you end up shooting at 3200 ISO in daylight. But the power of the x100s engine is such that even then you get a workable photo, as demonstrated here. There’s many countries in the world now where you could shoot people speaking on mobile phones all day long. It’s certainly the case here, and this one is tame compared to some of the guys driving scooters with cumbersome lateral cargo and still talking on their mobile phone. That’ll be for next time.