Minox 35ML + Kodak T-Max 400 @ 800
Despite the eminently vertical nature of Hong Kong, it’s not that often that you find high points for photography. This is shot through a window on the 7th or 8th floor of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay. I like the alignment of buildings, it’s very Hong Kong.
Sheep Above Tin Hau
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
As I was taking my daughter to the schoolbus early one morning, I happened to look up to this amazing mottled sky. As soon as she was in the bus, I ran back home, grabbed my camera and wide angle lens and came back to shoot this.
Dusk on Gotham City
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 6400
Singapore under heavy clouds can look surprisingly like Nolan’s Gotham City at dusk. I shot this from one of the boat buses that cross the city on my way to a work dinner. I am once again stunned at the low-light performance of the Fuji x100s. Can you believe this is 6400 ISO ?
The Three Towers
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/16, 30s, ISO 200
A few years ago I went to Shanghai on a business trip and took a photo that I entitled The Two Towers (in a not so subtle reference to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) featuring the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower. Going back to a similar location last week, I realised that even if I’d wanted to, I couldn’t do the same shot again: there’s a third tower now, the nearly finished Shanghai Tower. Still, I stabilized my gorillapod, screwed on my ND 400 filter, activated the internal ND 8 filter (for a combined ND 3200) and fired for 30s in plain daylight. I quite like the results.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 30s, ISO 400
Shanghai’s Pudong, though not very representative of Shanghai is an impressive architectural mass, and seen from the Bund opposite it’s quite a photo opportunity. I did a whole series that evening, and will be publishing a few more in the coming weeks.
To say that Shanghai is occasionally smoggy would be an understatement. In this shot I tried to capture this near constant haze that encases the city.