Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Chung Yeung Festival is a remembrance day in Hong Kong when families will gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. It’s a day for burnt offerings of all sorts, and while wandering the streets of Sai Ying Pun, I stumbled upon this store specialising in such products.
Canal Grocery Store
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 500
There’s a whole parallel economy going on on the canals of Bangkok. More often than not it seems you’re not going to the grocery store, the grocery store is coming to you. But they’ve got to stock up somewhere…
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…
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 640
You see a lot of these roast duck (and, I’m assuming other meats) stores in the streets of Hong Kong. This one is in Causeway Bay, and as I often walk past it to get back from work, I always like how the light illuminates the customers in the early evening hours. This time I captured it.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 320
In the last 6 months I have taken to walking a lot. When I was in London I did most of my inner city travels walking, which of course is great for street photography. Somewhere between Shoreditch and Covent Garden I saw this street window that I thought was just great: the old design, the bikes in front, everything. I normally try to have a human subject in my street photos but here I felt the shop window was a character in and of itself.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 320
It can get pretty steep on the upper parts of Tin Hau where we live. This is in fact just down our street, and I thought it was a good way of representing the gradient of the hill. And yes Pirelli is a very popular brand here.
Fuji X100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
We used to see these stores selling all kinds of seemingly unrelated junk all the time in Shanghai. They also exist in Quarry Bay, it seems. I love them, so Chinese!
Exiting the Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 250
Another one shot by the side of the bus. The biggest challenge when you do that is that you need really high speeds to avoid motion blur, and therefore are wholly dependant on AF speed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I like how here the man exiting the shadows is captured by chance.
Seven Eleven Heaven
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/4, 1/30s, ISO 1600
Film: Fuji Superia 1600
There are a lot of 7 Elevens in Hong Kong. I mean, they’re just everywhere. When we went with my family, we had a running joke whenever we got lost in the streets (which kind of happens all the time): whenever one of us would see a 7 Eleven, he’d say: « Oh, I know where we are! Here’s the 7 Eleven ». Anyway, I quite like this shot because not only does it show Hong Kong by night, but it shows the differences in levels with every store a little higher than the previous one. That’s Central for you.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4; 1/60s, ISO 1000
The first evening, at dusk, I was struck by the possibilities offered by the bright shop windows before closing time to do silhouettes. I have it a shot and was quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately, it requires time and patience, and with kids in tow I had neither, so this is the only attempt. Definitely something I will try again.