For the God of Knowledge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s; ISO 3200
The first time I went to Hong Kong 7 years ago I was walking around Central and I kind of stumbled upon Man Mo temple on Hollywood Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and is really tiny inside, but the huge incense spirals as far as the eye can see are a truly impressive sight. This place has a mood all of its own and this time I took my wife and kids there so they could share that experience.
No Rest for Street Vendors
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/100s, ISO 2000
If ever a city deserved the nickname City that Never Sleeps it’s Hong Kong. Even late at night there are still plenty of street vendors plying their trade (mostly in fake electronic goods, watches and food). I captured this one because the light struck me as interesting, outlining the customers as it does.
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Masked and Protected
Fuji TX2, 90mm, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 400
(Film: Portra 400)
Though not quite as bad as in Beijing, particle pollution in Shanghai is bad. I personally have a hard time believing these little face masks make a difference, but the Chinese (and most of the expats) seem to think they do. This is a daily scene here.
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Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 400
(Film: Portra 400)
Honggu Lu is just nearby, and it’s a very busy street with lots of shops. At the very end of the stretch I walked is this large (for hear) fruit vendor, and I wanted to test the camera in lower light. I liked the signs a lot too, and I quite like the end result.
The Front Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
I have an unwavering fascination with doors, especially when they are ornate or derelict or a mix thereof. I took a lot of photos of doors in Venice, most of them half-rotten canal doors. This one probably is the most representative, but I may do a « door » series in the not too distant future.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 800
Limoncello is a staple lemon alcohol from Venice. It’s not unpleasant, but it really is an acquired taste. Still, the bottles look so cool that the photographer in me doesn’t care how it tastes!
San Giorgio at Dusk
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 18s, ISO 200
Obviously, for the lover of Long Exposure that I am, Venice is a godsend. I wish I’d had a proper tripod (there’s only so much a Gorillapod will do) and more evenings and mornings to find cool locations to shoot, but I did get a few shots I liked, including this one.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Venice is ripe with street photo opportunities, and when I saw this couple seated under the statue of a saint alongside Santa Maria del Giglio, I knew I had a good shot despite the high contrast.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/120s, ISO 400
The theme for this week’s photos is Venice. I was lucky enough to have to spend three days in Venice for work last year and spent all of my free time walking the streets and losing myself in the labyrinth. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface, so the selection this week will be only a little bit of what I think I could shoot if I went back. Anyway, here’s the first shot, a view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, with the obligatory gondola. I wasn’t exactly plagued with beautiful weather, but there was enough texture in the sky at most times that it didn’t look completely bland.
Canon 7D, 150mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Michael League is the bassist, band leader and principal composer/arranger of the increasingly renowned band Snarky Puppy. Unlike most jazz bassists (although I don’t quite know why), he’s upbeat and nearly always smiling on stage, which is why I picked a slightly more sober picture of him. If you’re not too fond of jazz, pick their Family Dinner vol. 1 record, full of soulful singing guests. If you’re happy with (modern) instrumental jazz, check out We Like it Here.