Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/25s, ISO 1600
Auckland’s Skytower obviously is one of the most interesting landmarks of the city, but it’s not easy to find an interesting angle to frame it from the ground. I think I may have done just that, handheld, on a windy evening recently.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
In many ways, Tokyo is even more of a vertical city than Hong Kong where I live. Hong Kong mostly grew overground, which makes sense when you realise that most of the high-riser areas are on reclaimed land. Tokyo on the other hand seems to me as much underground as overground with multiple layers of commuting, shops and walkways superimposed. That means lots of colonnades and interestingly graphic things to shoot with a wide(ish) angle lens!
Akihabara by Night
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 8s, ISO 200
My original intent with this was to shoot light trails in front of the Akihabara lights. Unfortunately, I had not anticipated that the pedestrians crossing on my left would block the cars turning just in front of my lens. So instead I shot a long exposure in between cars, and was quite pleased withe the result (and surprisingly little ghosting).
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 2500
There aren’t that many cities where you can really explore vertical perspectives. Tokyo is one of them and with this shot I was aiming to do just that.
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Peeping Out the Nightclub
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
When you shoot street there are sometimes things you discover after the shot that strike you as more significant than what you wanted to shoot in the first place. Such is the case here, I only noticed the guy peering out the top window when processing the shot.
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 200
People here love their street food. You can see people eating snacks at all times of the day (and night). This guy though, with the artificial blonde hair and the Sasa backdrop really stood out.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
This is another shot from Sham Shui Po. I really love the light here, all artificial, coming from the little store, at something like 5 AM. To be fair I’m not often up at that time, but I should try and make the effort more often…
Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Quiet Night in CWB
Fuji x-pro2, 65mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 6400
Iconic night shots of Hong Kong feature these massive and colourful stree signs. In my first weeks here I did a few night outings hunting down these signs. Not easy to find balanced compositions, but I think this one works, the mini-bus balancing the sign.