*Warmth over Quarry Bay*
Fuji GW690iii + Fuji Provia 100F
While a recent discovery, the trails around Braemar Hill have been a fixture of our last six months. The combination of wilderness with the dense city down below is quite unique, and gives you a vantage point on the city that is rather prettier than the city is on the ground. I’m thinking I should go back there at night to do long exposures, but in the meantime, this is a pretty cool view !
Fuji GW690iii + Kodak Ektachrome E100
This was only the second time I shot Kodak E100, a mythical and long discontinued slide film that Kodak brought back to market a couple of years ago. I have to say that on the whole it’s not for me. Very very limited exposure latitude and brutally unforgiving. I’m sure some can do great things with it, but I can’t. Of a whole roll I shot from the Wan Chai Ferry observation deck before and during sunset, this is the only shot I like. But I do like it, and it highlights a side of Hong Kong that few outside the city know about!
*Above the City*
Fuji GW690iii + Fuji Provia 100
Recent walks up Braemar Hill have revealed to me some amazing views of Hong Kong. This shot was taken in medium format on a slightly hazy day with slide, which explains both the vivid colors and the limited dynamic range, but I quite like it nonetheless.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Rollei Corssbird 200 (C41)
My mood of late has been with trying lots of different film stocks I have never tried before. Rollei Crossbird is an E6 (slide) stock that gives some cold tones when processed with C41 instead of E6, so I wanted to give it a shot. It turned out way grainier than I anticipated for a 200 ISO stock, but I really like the results. I love it that the tip of the Central waterfront is still bathed in orange sunlight, and gradually as things get more shady they get greener.
I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
*Macau from on High*
At the top of the Studio City hotel there’s a ferris wheel of sorts actually built into the hotel structure. This is the view from the top of the wheel.
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!
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.
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…