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, 1/60s, ISO 2500
There aren’t that many cities where you can really explore vertical perspectives. Tokyo is one of them and with this shot I was aiming to do just that.
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…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
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/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.