*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !
*Alternate Port Mélite*
Last week I reposted on social media this photo Port Mélite which I took in 2011. The version I posted was an HDR: back then I was experimenting with the technique and although I quickly dropped it, that picture stayed one of my favourite. As I was looking through my collections to publish new long exposure shots this week, I found this alternate shot of the same location (just before and a very slightly different angle) and wondered if with the changes in Lightroom since 2011 and my changes in taste and editing skill I might produce a satisfying photo from the single shot. I’m pleased to say that I did, and I actually prefer the softer, more subdued tones of this alternate version.
Let me tell you about my late beanbag. For nearly five years I used the same beanbag made of a packet of dried chickpeas in two sealed ziplocks. It was fantastic and allowed me to do these kinds of really low on the ground long exposures. Sadly, it was confiscated when I went to New Zealand on holiday since it was considered a food import. Oh well, it’ll cost me $2 to get a new one using the same method! Anyway, sunset, a puddle of water captures in the rocks but also the sea in the background, and a great kind of metallic rusty look on the rocks themselves. It was bound to work.
*The Quiet of the Blue Hour*
Lately I’ve been revisiting some old photos I never published. This is a very long exposure (60s) from 2011. I haven’t experimented with super long exposures as much as I should have, as this shot proves (I think). Also, the blue hour is really interesting: once the sun has set there’s still some light (depending on latitude) for a while, but it turns blue, hence the name. Quite evident here, the picture looks split-toned but it’s not, these are slightly tweaked colours as they were captured by the sensor.
Smiling in the Sunset
I recently noticed that some of the streets on my route to and from work are perfectly aligned with the sunset. I stood there for a while and tried to snap people walking towards me. It’s still work in progress as I figure out the opportunities, but this lady’s smile made the picture for me, so this is the one I’m sharing first.
Good Night, Aesclepius
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 9s, ISO 200
As you might have figured out by now, I really like this little temple in the Villa Borghese and decided to go shoot there both at sunrise and at sunset. The results are dramatically different as the sun going low behind the trees creates a wonderfully golden backlit scene.
ICC at Dusk
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/11, 0,9s, ISO 200
If I stand on the far left of my balcony and lean out, I can see the ICC. I had to jury rig my tripod to get this shot and prevent my camera and zoom lens from falling down 22 floors, but I’m really happy with the results.
Behind the IFC
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/1800s ISO 5000
In the fall, the sun sets behind the IFC from my place, which makes for some truly spectacular views. This is when incidentally I see how good the ISO is on the xpro2: the camera was stuck on a night setting, which explains the super high ISO and yet the picture is useable!
Half a Sun
Fuji xpro2, 210mm, f/11, 1/105s, ISO 200
One interesting thing about the passing of seasons is where the sun sets every night. In the fall, it’s behind the IFC (from my balcony) but in the spring it’s straight in the middle between the IFC and the ICC. This is what it looks like, tourist sampan included.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In moving flats last summer, we lost some space, but we gained a pretty awesome view. The only downside is that it’s framed by two buildings larger than ours. Still, it makes for some great sunsets, and I shoot from the balcony more often than not.