Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
In many ways, Tokyo is even more of a vertical city than Hong Kong where I live. Hong Kong mostly grew overground, which makes sense when you realise that most of the high-riser areas are on reclaimed land. Tokyo on the other hand seems to me as much underground as overground with multiple layers of commuting, shops and walkways superimposed. That means lots of colonnades and interestingly graphic things to shoot with a wide(ish) angle lens!
Fuji xpro-2, 85mm, f/5,6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I only saw a couple of sunsets in Bali, but both were quite spectacular. The added bonus for this one was the fisherman in the water to his thighs, which made for a nice (and local) anchor point for the composition.
Fuji xpro-2, 72mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
I am no wildlife photographer and have no aspiration to be, but when you’re surrounded by monkeys as was the case in the aptly named Monkey Forest, opportunities of shooting animals abound. I lucked out on this shot, from really close up by wildlife photography standards. I’d been ‘tracking’ this monkey and her baby for the last minute or so, never catching a shot of both their faces when she simply sat down in front of me…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
Bedugul is a beautiful area in the Balinese mountains up North, and sufficiently off the beaten path that it’s not swamped with tourists. The pagoda of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is quite beautiful, set as it is in the Danau Beratan lake. This felt properly Balinese and Oriental at the same time.
Full Protective Gear
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Sometimes my « street portraits » just aim at depicting a cultural trait, or something that you see frequently in one place but not in others. In Hong Kong women protect themselves from the sunlight with hats or umbrellas, and men and women alike from the pollution with masks. The mask+hat combo may be over the top, but I’ll let you judge.
On a Break
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Tai Hang is still one of my favourite places to wander and take photos. The mix of bodyshops and small restaurants you find there is delightful. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to find interesting scenes to shoot.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 640
The benches in Victoria Park often host interesting people. Not sure what prompted me to shoot, but I like the attitude. Can you really check your phone with your arms crossed like that ?
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 2500
I like capturing people in uniforms when shooting street. At first I was bothered that the face of the guy at the front is partially hidden, but now I think the trade off is the movement, which I really like.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 320
One thing you notice when you live in Hong Kong (and more generally in China, it was even more pronounced in Shanghai) is how much the Chinese love their dogs. There’s a special liking for small dogs (I suppose the topology of the city explains that in part) and so I’ve been trying to capture masters and dogs these last few weeks.