It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
When it comes to composition, the effects of wide angle on how things sit in the frame is interesting and an opportunity to play around with things. Here the island that was maybe 500 meters from the shore looks really far away, and the rocks at the foot of my tripod look massive. And this was just 15mm, imagine at 10mm !!!
I know, people checking their phones have become a classic by now, but I like these iron curtain backgrounds and I find there’s a nice contrast to this one.
I’ve always been fascinated by the value people put to various old things. In Europe though there tends to be some apparent selection before things are put for sale, whether it’s in a flea market or as a garage sale. Here in Hong Kong it feels to me (perhaps wrongly) that anything and everything makes it to the curb. I’d be curious to know how much this guy makes a day, I’d be willing to bet it’s not much…
One cultural difference that you quickly notice when living in Asia is that people are not shy about sleeping in public (although now that I think about it, it seems to be mostly men). This is much more spectacular in mainland China where you’ll find guys asleep literally everywhere, but you do see it in Hong Kong as well, as shown here.
Hong Kong is such a modern city that you get constant surprises at how backwards some aspects of it are. When I saw this guy hauling stone on his back, I just could not believe it.
I love those tiny shrines on the curb in Hong Kong. If you’re not on the lookout, you just might miss them. I love the idea that size is not what matters to worship…
*Tin Hau Temple*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
As a Western European, you’re used to grandiose places of worship, built in the middle ages in the glory of the Lord. In Hong Kong, most places of worship are tiny and mostly discreet, but no less beautiful for it. Tin Hau Temple on Hong Kong Island (there are many more temples to Tin Hau elsewhere) is one such temple, but when the doors close at night, it takes on a very different look. This is what I wanted to capture here.
*Silver and Gold*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The Lippo (silver, on the left) is one of the most distinctive buildings in Hong Kong, but the proximity to the Far East Financial Center (gold, on the right) makes a shot with the two of them at the right time of day a compelling proposition. I quite like the contrast they make.
*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !