Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 3200
There is a lot of smoking going on in Hong Kong. Not quite as much as in Shanghai, but still, a lot compared to most European cities these days. It stinks, but it also makes for interesting photos, so as long as I’m not too exposed to second-hand smoke, I’m rather in favour of it!
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Taking tuktuks in India or Thailand can be scary, but it’s also a unique way to experience the city. I just love it. At the back of Surinder’s tuktuk in Dehli I kept trying to shoot him in his mirror and this shot was the best one I got. I really like it.
Full Protective Gear
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Sometimes my « street portraits » just aim at depicting a cultural trait, or something that you see frequently in one place but not in others. In Hong Kong women protect themselves from the sunlight with hats or umbrellas, and men and women alike from the pollution with masks. The mask+hat combo may be over the top, but I’ll let you judge.
On a Break
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Tai Hang is still one of my favourite places to wander and take photos. The mix of bodyshops and small restaurants you find there is delightful. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to find interesting scenes to shoot.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 640
The benches in Victoria Park often host interesting people. Not sure what prompted me to shoot, but I like the attitude. Can you really check your phone with your arms crossed like that ?
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 2500
I like capturing people in uniforms when shooting street. At first I was bothered that the face of the guy at the front is partially hidden, but now I think the trade off is the movement, which I really like.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 320
One thing you notice when you live in Hong Kong (and more generally in China, it was even more pronounced in Shanghai) is how much the Chinese love their dogs. There’s a special liking for small dogs (I suppose the topology of the city explains that in part) and so I’ve been trying to capture masters and dogs these last few weeks.
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1800s, ISO 200
There’s something fascinating about monkeys, especially when they’re just lying around like they own the place (which, to be fair, they do). It’s hard not to project our own reading of facial expressions on their faces, wrong as that may be, hence the title here…
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 X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
For this last shot I went pretty far on the grungy post-treatment, using lots of scratching and dirtying in Analog Efex 2. Some might thing it’s too much, but I quite like it.