Tokyo Night Life
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
In Akihabara there’s a sharp contrast between the main arteries, full of light, tall buildings, gaudy colours, and the back alleys. I spent a good while in those back alleys, trying to capture the slightly seedy feel of them. I think this shot did it.
A Cozy Chat
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.5, 1/25s, ISO 3200
Walking around the narrow alleyways in Nakano I saw all these little eating places that looked so Japanese. I wanted to shoot people in them though, so this one with a clear(ish) window offered me that opportunity.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 1250
I’m not one to blame people for being fascinated by their mobile phones, it happens to me too. Here in Hong Kong though, I sometimes get the impression that this fascination trumps everything else.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
Anyone living in Asia is familiar with this posture that I have taken to calling the Asian Squat. It’s mostly men that squat like that in China, but occasionally you’ll see women as well. I’ve seen this in China, in India, in Malaysia. Most of the time these days there’s a mobile phone involved, but not here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Shooting from the hip makes for different compositions. I spotted those two girls leisurely leaning on the lamppost and knew I had to get close to capture the expressions naturally. I’m happy I did, I think it makes for a good shot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
There are a lot of smokers here in Hong Kong and I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good street shots of people smoking, but shy of sticking my camera in their face – which I’m loathe to do – it’s hard. This one is the first shot I really like, not only because you see the subjects is smoking but because you see the smoke.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
Hong Kong is not quite China, but in some ways it is. Just in front of the Causeway Bay Apple Store, there’s a string of back of the truck electronics for sale, including iphones (probably fake, but I can’t say for sure). This particular one attracted my attention because of the umbrella (protecting her from the sun) but also because she seems so much not to care.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Tokyo (or at least parts of Tokyo) has a very industrial feel, and I was reminded of Blade Runner in ways that (strangely) Hong Kong doesn’t evoke to me. Cold light, lots of multi-level pedestrian walkways and (inevitably) lots of escalators.
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 200
People here love their street food. You can see people eating snacks at all times of the day (and night). This guy though, with the artificial blonde hair and the Sasa backdrop really stood out.
Quiet Night in CWB
Fuji x-pro2, 65mm, f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 6400
Iconic night shots of Hong Kong feature these massive and colourful stree signs. In my first weeks here I did a few night outings hunting down these signs. Not easy to find balanced compositions, but I think this one works, the mini-bus balancing the sign.