Erhu in Central
Fuji Xpro-2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1800s, ISO 200
The Erhu is a Chinese violin that sounds atrocious to my European ears. But when you find an Erhu player on an overpass in Central and that he lets you take your time shooting a portrait, you can tolerate the sound for a few seconds, open nearly all the way to f/1.4 and get a nice bokeh in the background of your street portrait !
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
Tai Hang is full of garages, and some of them are clearly more… specialized than others. I don’t know what’s so particular about the windshields of Japanese cars, but it looks like this guy has got you covered !
Mobile & Smoke
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 200
While there isn’t as much smoking in Hong Kong as there is in mainland China, it’s still a smoking city, something which you see less and less in Europe. So forget about the coffee and mobile addictions, this is the real thing here!
The Sun Setting Over Happy Valley
Fuji XPro-2, 38mm, f/13, 1/170s, ISO 200
I live just south of Happy Valley and had already staked the area along Taï Hang road. Yesterday I took advantage of a clear day and went all the way up the road by cab so I could walk all the way down while the sun was setting. My battery died halfway down, but I got some good shots before the XPro2 sucked the juice out of it. I love the mix of buildings and vegetation here in Hong Kong.
Coffee or Mobile ?
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/8, 1/80s, ISO 200
Shooting people talking on mobile phones has become such a trope of street photography that it’s become boring. What attracted me to this shot thought was that every subject is holding either a cup or a phone. Addictions of a different sort, maybe ?
Food & Fortune
Fuji XPro-2, 75mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
There are certain things that you really only see in America. But a few years back I already published a shot called « Only in America » so this one had to be called something else. Still, where else in the world are you going to find psychics with their own storefronts next to taco stores ?
Fuji Xpro-2, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
The Velvet Margarita Cantina is a very nice Mexican restaurant in LA with a very nice mural.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/340s, ISO 200
I had a few hours to kill before my flight from Los Angeles back to Asia, and a friend recommended I check out the Walt Disney Concert Hall for some really interesting photo opportunities. It was an excellent recommendation, and while this is one of the most abstract shots I got, it’s really worth seeing. After some consideration, I decided to leave the lens flare in for added effect.
Breakfast in America
Fuji XPro-2, 70mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 4000
I’ve been deprived of a digital camera for three months and deprived of San Francisco for three years. This morning I got up early thanks to the insane jetlag between HK and SFO and I strolled around before the sunrise. It’s good to be taking photos.
Broken Stone of Beng Mealea
Fuji Xpro2, 30mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Besides the well known sites around Angkot Wat and Angkor Thom, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other sites near Siem Reap in various states of disrepair. Beng Mealea was only recently opened to visitors and has not been restored at all. It’s fascinating both because it gives a sense of what the more famous temples must have looked like before restoration and because it truly feels abandoned.