Not Made for Normal
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film : Provia 100F
I’ve only recently started composing using wide-angle opportunities offered by street adverts. This one was shot during my film period after my digital camera got stolen and before my new digital camera was purchased.
Erhu in Central
Fuji Xpro-2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1800s, ISO 200
The Erhu is a Chinese violin that sounds atrocious to my European ears. But when you find an Erhu player on an overpass in Central and that he lets you take your time shooting a portrait, you can tolerate the sound for a few seconds, open nearly all the way to f/1.4 and get a nice bokeh in the background of your street portrait !
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
Tai Hang is full of garages, and some of them are clearly more… specialized than others. I don’t know what’s so particular about the windshields of Japanese cars, but it looks like this guy has got you covered !
Mobile & Smoke
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 200
While there isn’t as much smoking in Hong Kong as there is in mainland China, it’s still a smoking city, something which you see less and less in Europe. So forget about the coffee and mobile addictions, this is the real thing here!
The Sun Setting Over Happy Valley
Fuji XPro-2, 38mm, f/13, 1/170s, ISO 200
I live just south of Happy Valley and had already staked the area along Taï Hang road. Yesterday I took advantage of a clear day and went all the way up the road by cab so I could walk all the way down while the sun was setting. My battery died halfway down, but I got some good shots before the XPro2 sucked the juice out of it. I love the mix of buildings and vegetation here in Hong Kong.
Minox 35ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
I don’t know if this street tailor is part of the Tai Hang ecosystem of garages (in other words, he stitches car seats) or just a street tailor that happens to be established in Tai Hang. I love the idea though. In Europe, finding a tailor is something very specific that you only do for custom made clothes. Here it has a broader appeal I guess (although street vendors offering tailor made suits are a dime a dozen in Kowloon!)
Mother and Child
Minox 35ML, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
This is probably my most successful shot in this series. There’s a good dynamic (I think) with light and shadows, the mother and baby and the guy smoking by the bar.
Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Film: Agfa CT 100
One of the reasons I love the CT 100 slide film is that the colours are vivid but stay really natural. In Tai Hang there are many colourful signs, shopfronts, etc. so it’s a good combination.
Walking Down the Street
Minox 35 ML, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100
I recently rediscovered my Minox 35ML film camera. It’s a tiny tiny camera with a truly great lens. Sadly it’s very fragile and after shooting just a few rolls it crapped out on me. But I shot a full roll of my favourite slide film Agfa CT 100 in Tai Hang and they came out great. This is a really classic street composition I guess, but I love how the light hits her. The focus isn’t exactly spot on, that’s hyperfocal at f/5.6 for you…
The Inquisitive Butcher
Fuji XPro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 3200
There’s a tiny street in the Mid-Levels called Gage street that feels a lot more like China than most of Hong Kong. It’s got this open air wet market with the meat and fish on display just like in Shanghai. I love it and probably need to get back there.