ICC at Dusk
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/11, 0,9s, ISO 200
If I stand on the far left of my balcony and lean out, I can see the ICC. I had to jury rig my tripod to get this shot and prevent my camera and zoom lens from falling down 22 floors, but I’m really happy with the results.
Behind the IFC
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/1800s ISO 5000
In the fall, the sun sets behind the IFC from my place, which makes for some truly spectacular views. This is when incidentally I see how good the ISO is on the xpro2: the camera was stuck on a night setting, which explains the super high ISO and yet the picture is useable!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In moving flats last summer, we lost some space, but we gained a pretty awesome view. The only downside is that it’s framed by two buildings larger than ours. Still, it makes for some great sunsets, and I shoot from the balcony more often than not.
Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Fuji x100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
Even for really large buildings, they still use bamboo scaffolding here in Hong Kong (in Shanghai it was metal scaffolding made to look the colour of bamboo!) And in order to avoid dust flying all around they wrap the building in protective sheets. To great effect, as you can see, but as the advert says on top, « We Create, We Are Artisans! »
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/10s, ISO 200
It won’t have escaped your notice that I’m fascinated with Hong Kong buildings. Having said that, admiring them and framing them in an effective composition are two different things. As I walk around the streets of Central or Causeway Bay, I try not just to see cool looking scrapers but to structure them inside a photo. Work in progress, as they say, but I think I’m getting there.
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.
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.
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).