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).
Seven Eleven Heaven
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/4, 1/30s, ISO 1600
Film: Fuji Superia 1600
There are a lot of 7 Elevens in Hong Kong. I mean, they’re just everywhere. When we went with my family, we had a running joke whenever we got lost in the streets (which kind of happens all the time): whenever one of us would see a 7 Eleven, he’d say: « Oh, I know where we are! Here’s the 7 Eleven ». Anyway, I quite like this shot because not only does it show Hong Kong by night, but it shows the differences in levels with every store a little higher than the previous one. That’s Central for you.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4; 1/60s, ISO 1000
The first evening, at dusk, I was struck by the possibilities offered by the bright shop windows before closing time to do silhouettes. I have it a shot and was quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately, it requires time and patience, and with kids in tow I had neither, so this is the only attempt. Definitely something I will try again.
Hong Kong Verticals
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/17s, ISO 3200
There are some areas in Central where the sky is so far out due to high buildings that it feels like night anyway. This is especially true in really narrow alleyways such as this one. What grabbed my eye was the green light reflected on the tile wall, and then this guy walked passed me.
For the God of Knowledge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s; ISO 3200
The first time I went to Hong Kong 7 years ago I was walking around Central and I kind of stumbled upon Man Mo temple on Hollywood Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and is really tiny inside, but the huge incense spirals as far as the eye can see are a truly impressive sight. This place has a mood all of its own and this time I took my wife and kids there so they could share that experience.
No Rest for Street Vendors
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/100s, ISO 2000
If ever a city deserved the nickname City that Never Sleeps it’s Hong Kong. Even late at night there are still plenty of street vendors plying their trade (mostly in fake electronic goods, watches and food). I captured this one because the light struck me as interesting, outlining the customers as it does.
HK Taxi Stand
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/500s, ISO 3200
I spent a short week in Hong Kong recently, and went out nearly every night to try and capture the particular atmosphere of the city after dusk. I was mostly on Hong Kong Island around Central (my favourite part of HK anyway) and this week I will share photos from a series I entitled Hong Kong Mood, trying to express what makes Hong Kong what it is visually. I was greatly helped by the incredible low-light performance of the Fuji x100s with virtually no grain at ISO 3200. Liberating.
Early evening over Victoria Harbour in Hong-Kong. Now you know why everybody you see on the shore after 6 PM carries a tripod.