Fuji x100f, 28mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 3200
Indonesians are the third ethnic group in Hong Kong, and they’re mostly women. As a consequence you frequently see young women wearing scarves on their heads as in this shot. On Sundays, they congregate near Victoria Park, that’s something I’ll have to document some day.
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.
Under the Eye of Mao
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
On a daily basis you don’t see much signs of the mainland Chinese control over Hong Kong, at least not on Hong Kong Island. That doesn’t mean it’s not there, of course. But this sign on the opposite side of the road to Time’s Square intrigued me. I think it’s a communist bookstore. Of course this photo was also an opportunity to show umbrellas used to protect from the sun, something that was also common in Shanghai.
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 !