*Heights of Wan Chai*
Rolleiflex SL35 + Ferrania P30
I recently sold my Ricoh GR1. I just never enjoyed using it and was rarely wowed by the photos it produced. For a fraction of the price, I purchased a Rolleiflex SL35 with a Rollei/Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens. The first roll I ran through it was Ferrania P30, which in hindsight was stupid: way too precious a film stock to use as test roll, but thankfully it came out fine. I love the deep contrasts that you get with Ferrania P30, it gives the shots an old time cinematic feel. This was taken from the terrace of my shared office space in Wan Chai.
*Waiting for the Ferry*
GW690iii + Ilford Delta 400 (Expired)
When I first started film photography about a decade ago I bought a lot of old, cheap cameras including a couple of medium format folding cameras. I couldn’t make much of anything with them at the time, so I focused on easier to handle 135 cameras. When I recently purchased my GW690iii I noticed I had a couple of rolls of expired 120 film in my stash, including this roll of Delta 400. I exposed it at 200, and while there’s some clear extraneous texture on the film, I quite like the effect and the result, particularly on this shot taken inside the Wan Chai Ferry Pier building.
*Waiting for a Taxi*
Fuji GW690iii + Cinestill 800T
The western part of Wan Chai is a big party zone, especially on nights after the races in Happy Valley when gamblers come to spend their gains or drown their sorrows in the bars and strip clubs (or so I’m told). Hong Kong is a city where you rarely struggle to find taxis, but certainly on those nights you know where to find a cab!
GW690iii + Cinestill 800T
This brightly lit neon facade is, I think, a gambling place. There are always taxis waiting there, but they’re never available. Some of the drivers park here to eat their dinner on the back of their car boot, but I suspect some maybe indulge in a bit of betting as well…
*Hot Pot, Cold Tones*
Fuji GW690iii + Cinestill 800T
A few weeks ago, on a drizzly night, my friend Matthew and I went out in Wan Chai to take photos of neon lights. I packed my GW690iii and a tripod and we proceeded to hit the most interesting spots we knew of. With the care needed to take shots with this camera, I ended up barely finishing my roll of 8 photos, but again Cinestill 800T worked its magic. This hotpot store has one of my favourite neon windows. I wish that unsightly street sign wasn’t positioned exactly where it is, but still, I like it.
Lots of tattooed people here in Hong Kong. I’ve been trying to get a shot of this type for a while. I kind of wish the other person hadn’t been so near, but I think it works nonetheless.
Fuji x100f, 28mm
There’s a sports ground of sorts in Wan Chai around which people sit at all hours, usually reading their phones. Just like this guy. I quite like the perspective of this shot.
Fuji XPro-2, 50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
I suppose you could see a scene like this anywhere, but here in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) there is really the sense that people are constantly glued to their device to the absolute ignorance of anything going on around them. I must have been maybe three meters away from the lady when I shot this, took my time, framed… she never looked up.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Down to Earth
Fuji XPro-2, 45mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 2500
In street photography contrast is generally a good subject matter. Here I was after not only the actual light contrast of the store vs. the streets but also the contrast between those massively expensive cars and those driving in front of them.