I’m not playing a kind of Hong Kong street photo bingo, but an old guy with a bare torso checking his phone would be a good score if I did!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking down King’s Road I saw this gentleman waiting patiently for clients in front of his store. He saw me raise the camera, shrugged and just kept on doing what he was doing. And my son and I couldn’t help wondering; « What the hell is he selling? »
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Because certain parts of urban Hong Kong Island are so steep and the roads are by necessity long and winding, you see a lot of these stairways cutting from the lower part of a curved road to the upper part. Great concept, and a cool timesaver if you’re going down. Not so much when you’re going up. And this is by no means the longest I’ve seen.
Fuji XPro-2, 50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
I suppose you could see a scene like this anywhere, but here in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) there is really the sense that people are constantly glued to their device to the absolute ignorance of anything going on around them. I must have been maybe three meters away from the lady when I shot this, took my time, framed… she never looked up.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/4, 1/13s (IS), ISO 6400
I love wandering the streets of Hong Kong at night. I haven’t been out in the rain yet, and I bet it could produce really cool shots too, but my outings so far were dry. This is the Olympic Stairs, not too far from where I live in Causeway Bay. Self-explanatory, really.
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
(Black & White converted in Lightroom)
Back in January I stayed for a few days in Sham Shui Po (West Kowloon). This is not the touristy Hong Kong, it’s quite decrepit, but it’s also full of life and devoid of tourists. I didn’t have much time for photography, but this is one of my favourite shots. The panoramic didn’t work so well, so I cut it back to 2×3, and the colours were unusually subdued for Precisa, so I went with a more graphic black & white. Incidentally, I’m not sure that these are sweet potatoes, could be taro or some other root, but that didn’t sound quite so good