Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 320
It can get pretty steep on the upper parts of Tin Hau where we live. This is in fact just down our street, and I thought it was a good way of representing the gradient of the hill. And yes Pirelli is a very popular brand here.
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 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!
Fuji X-Pro 2, 45mm, f/4, 1/10s, ISO 6400
Just next to where I live – in Tai Hang – is a tiny temple full of character. It’s very dark inside, and when I went there with my fastest lens (the 85mm 1.4) I realised I couldn’t shoot anything, it was too small ! So I used my stabilized 15-55 at the maximum workable settings (very slow, high ISO) and this is what came out. Quite proud of that one, and it really shows a side of Hong Kong that tourists rarely get to see.
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!)