Scrapers within Scrapers
Minox 35ML, Ilford FP4+
High risers are so dense in Hong Kong that with the right light you can see them all reflected within each other. This is something I was fascinated by early on when I arrived in Hong Kong, and I did many such shots. This is one of the best despite (or maybe because of) the minimalist setup of the Minox.
Plants vs. Concrete
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
As I have already said, one of my favourite things in Hong Kong is how nature keeps fighting for its rights. Within 10 minutes of the densest parts of the city, there’s jungle and you would not know the city is nearby. Even in the most urban areas, there are massive trees and the plants survive. My bet is, if the city was abandoned, within months the plants would take back what’s rightfully theirs…
Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Because certain parts of urban Hong Kong Island are so steep and the roads are by necessity long and winding, you see a lot of these stairways cutting from the lower part of a curved road to the upper part. Great concept, and a cool timesaver if you’re going down. Not so much when you’re going up. And this is by no means the longest I’ve seen.
Fuji x100F, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200
Even for really large buildings, they still use bamboo scaffolding here in Hong Kong (in Shanghai it was metal scaffolding made to look the colour of bamboo!) And in order to avoid dust flying all around they wrap the building in protective sheets. To great effect, as you can see, but as the advert says on top, « We Create, We Are Artisans! »
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/10s, ISO 200
It won’t have escaped your notice that I’m fascinated with Hong Kong buildings. Having said that, admiring them and framing them in an effective composition are two different things. As I walk around the streets of Central or Causeway Bay, I try not just to see cool looking scrapers but to structure them inside a photo. Work in progress, as they say, but I think I’m getting there.
Slow Hong Kong
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 85s, ISO 200
50mm telephoto extension + in-built ND8 filter
I always meant to explore Bulb mode for really long exposures, but have rarely found the opportunities to do it. Monday night I realized my 21st floor hotel room overlooked a highway amidst tall Hong Kong buildings. I set up my tripod against the window sill and voila! This is a rough version as I’m posting this from the airport and haven’t had time to really tweak the colour temperature, but it’s interesting (I think).
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 ?
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
One of my earliest attempts at « ghosting » silhouettes. Same session as Les Fantômes du Pont des Arts.