iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, ISO 25
This is perhaps one of the most emblematic views of Hong Kong, in Central at the bottom of D’Aguilar Street. I captured it in our early days of being in Hong Kong, on my iPhone. Still stands the test of time, I think.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/100s, ISO 40
The Banyan trees in Hong Kong fascinate me. They’re everywhere, and will seemingly grow over anything. I shoot their roots whenever I can.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/900s, ISO 25
In front of the Whakatane Marae, this Whakairo (or Māori carving) really struck my eye. The artwork is intricate, the colours magnificent, and the figure… quite scary!
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/2300s, ISO 25
This beach in Langkawi Island was magnificent, and the tree framing the beach was quite spectacular as well. Turns out there was a venomous snake in the tree, but we only saw it later (and moved away real quick…)
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/1600s, ISO 25
Last time I was in Rome I took the time for a long morning stroll in the Villa Borghese, and I stumbled upon this artificial lake (I’m assuming) with a tiny roman temple in the middle. The reflection in the lake gave the impression of two temples, and so I snapped it right up!
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/10s, ISO 80
When I saw this tree by a lake close to my hotel in Helsinki I knew I had something worth shooting. I used Hipstamatic to enhance the dark and gnarly side of the tree, and I think the result works for a creepy shot!
Sunset over Causeway Bay
One of the things I quickly noticed upon arriving in Hong Kong is the quality of light. In Shanghai the light was mostly flat, in France it often is too. Here the light is powerful and direct when the sky is bue, different but no less interesting when there are clouds. It’s a photographer’s delight as this sunset shot taken from the window of my son’s room hopefully shows.
To Infinity and Beyond…
One of the things that surprised me in Hong Kong is the constant presence of trees, despite the unbelievable urban density. It’s sub-tropical here, and you can feel it not just in the weather but in the surprising audacity of vegetation. I’ve taken to framing my upward shots with branches whenever I can.
In certain streets when you look straight up, you see the jagged edges of buildings nearly on all sides. It’s a very impressive sight and one that I’ve only seen here.
Do you see the sea ?
One of the things I love here is that it’s relatively easy to reach high vantage points which give you amazing photo opportunities. Sure, this was shot through a window on the 10th floor of a commercial building, but you wouldn’t know to look at it, would you ? I was looking down on this small building surrounded on all sides by massive scrapers, thinking that it must feel a tad claustrophobic living there…