The Inquisitive Butcher
Fuji XPro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 3200
There’s a tiny street in the Mid-Levels called Gage street that feels a lot more like China than most of Hong Kong. It’s got this open air wet market with the meat and fish on display just like in Shanghai. I love it and probably need to get back there.
Fuji XPro2, 40mm, f/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 100
Night lights and narrow streets make for interestingly lit shots in Hong Kong.
Getting His Hands Dirty
Fuji 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 320
Taï Hang, as I mentioned previously, is an area that used to be mostly garages and body shops. Restaurants are taking over as it gets gentrified, but there are still a fair few around. The fun thing about them is that there’s no space to work on cars inside the garages, so more often than not, they repair on the streets. Cool for street photographers, as you can see here!
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
I love these little noodle bars with tables virtually on the street. You see them mostly everywhere, but especially in Tai Hang. Unlike in other parts of China, the dog is under the table, not in the bowl.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/750s, ISO 200
There’s a roleplaying game called Apocalypse World that has a woman with a red gas mask on the cover. Dogan wanted to emulate that and he had a red T-Shirt so he wrapped it around his head. We took a few shots and then I told him to drop the T-Shirt and do a shot bare-chested. This one is my favourite.
Down to Earth
Fuji XPro-2, 45mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 2500
In street photography contrast is generally a good subject matter. Here I was after not only the actual light contrast of the store vs. the streets but also the contrast between those massively expensive cars and those driving in front of them.
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
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 200
I have a thing with symmetry, it appeals to me. And so does contrast. This has both.
Fuji x100s, 35mm
Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja is very impressive on the outside, massive and modern, standing at the top of the city. I’d never been inside. With the harsh sunlight the contrasts were fantastic, and the huge church organ stood out to me. Snap.
A Woman and a Bike
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/3.6, 1/1600s, ISO 200
The sky was unusually clear and bright in Reykjavik a couple of weeks ago. I only had a few hours to walk around, but enough to do a bit of street photography with sharp whites, long lines and dark shadows. This is the wall from the massive Hallgrímskirkja, a great backdrop for this kind of shot.