Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 3200
There is a lot of smoking going on in Hong Kong. Not quite as much as in Shanghai, but still, a lot compared to most European cities these days. It stinks, but it also makes for interesting photos, so as long as I’m not too exposed to second-hand smoke, I’m rather in favour of it!
Mommie and Doggie
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 320
Part of the fun of street photography is in spotting amusing juxtapositions or just funny situations. This photo is more the latter.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I’d never been to the Musée de l’Homme but last time I was in Paris there was a photo expo there and I walked around the museum at dusk. The architecture and statues are interesting, but when a bird landed on one of the statues I knew I had my shot.
What Umbrellas Are For
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/2500s, ISO 1600
Here in Hong Kong when it rains it rains so hard that umbrellas are not as protective as you’d like them to be. But when it’s sunny, they pop up everywhere. It’s usually women who use them as a sunblock. This was shot 200m from where I live, pure fluke.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/25s, ISO 1600
Auckland’s Skytower obviously is one of the most interesting landmarks of the city, but it’s not easy to find an interesting angle to frame it from the ground. I think I may have done just that, handheld, on a windy evening recently.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 1600
I remember spending a fair bit of time in the NYC subway shooting passers by at shutter speeds of around 1/10s or 1/15s. You get a lot of blurry shots, but when you manage to stay steady, you capture some of the motion. With a wider angle lens (a 28mm in this case) it’s a bit easier and I find that at 1/15s I can more or less consistently shoot a sharp shot. I liked those columns and the contrast produced by the black band of tiling, that’s why I chose this Tokyo underground spot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Compared to the Paris metro, the Tokyo metro is clean as a hospital. I wanted to capture all this white and thought that doing it in a mirror would be a little more original. I guess it would have been more effective at rush hour, maybe an idea for the next trip…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 3200
In the narrow streets of Nakano, I stumbled upon this bar. The bottles, the lanterns, the woodwork, it all spoke to me of a Japan of yore (even though the bar is clearly not yet 2 years old…)
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
In many ways, Tokyo is even more of a vertical city than Hong Kong where I live. Hong Kong mostly grew overground, which makes sense when you realise that most of the high-riser areas are on reclaimed land. Tokyo on the other hand seems to me as much underground as overground with multiple layers of commuting, shops and walkways superimposed. That means lots of colonnades and interestingly graphic things to shoot with a wide(ish) angle lens!
Full Protective Gear
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Sometimes my « street portraits » just aim at depicting a cultural trait, or something that you see frequently in one place but not in others. In Hong Kong women protect themselves from the sunlight with hats or umbrellas, and men and women alike from the pollution with masks. The mask+hat combo may be over the top, but I’ll let you judge.