One of the best things about Hong Kong is how close it is from the city to the jungle. You can litterally be in the middle of nowhere (or seemingly so) withing minutes of leaving one of the largest metropoli in Asia. A few weeks ago me and my friend Matthew went up Braemar Hill via the river with tripods and RPX 25. I did some slow shutter photos
Fuji GW690iii + Fuji Neopan Acros II
When I headed out to the Silvermine Waterfall I had my GW690iii loaded with Acros film and a tripod. I normally aim for exposure times higher than 1/30s and lower than 1s for moving water as I find that anything more tends to make the water look too supernatural for lack of a better word. Metering of the local scene however limited me to 1/30s here, and probably 1/15s or 1/10s would have been better to direct the waterflow. Still, I like the results, verging on the abstract.
The Kuang Si waterfalls had many levels of successive waterflows, including this natural stairwell with many tiny steps of water flowing on top of each other. The blue colour of the water is natural as well, the result of particles of limetone being carried by the flow from further up the river.
*Kuang Si Falls*
I’m a sucker for waterfalls, and it’s become a point of contention with my family since I’ll spend so much time trying to get the perfect shot on my tripod that they don’t get to spend time with me. This time, in the gorgeous Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang, I adopted a half-way strategy that has worked well: instead of using the tripod, in most instances I used the lens’ stabilization to shoot at around 1/15s. In my experience, with rushing water that’s what delivers the most pleasing yet natural looking results. And family saw more of me and was pleased as well. This huge waterfall park is by far the most impressive I’ve seen yet, and if you go to Laos I strongly recommend not missing out on it!
Downstream from the Waiau Falls in Coromandel, I climbed down the banks to try and capture the flow of the water. I normally don’t expose for too long when it comes to streams, but in this particular case I quite liked the effects. Would have been nicer on a sunnier day, but hey…
I remember shooting this photo very early in the morning, as an afterthought of sorts: I hoped the bird (a sort of cormorant if memory serves me correctly) would stand still long enough to not show up as an indistinct blur on the final shot. I got my wish (although there were four or five attempts).
*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
*The Iron Lady*
By sharing this photo I may be doing something illegal. Because of intellectual property rules (that I frankly consider stupid) the night lights of the Eiffel Towers are IP protected. That’s correct, not the tower itself, but the lights. Oh well, that won’t stop me from taking shots of the tower and sharing them (at least until they sue me…)
*The Mists of Dawn*
When you shoot long exposures of a still body of water, you get a perfectly smooth and often reflective surface. But when you shoot a long exposure of waves, you get patterns and eddies. One interesting look that I definitely have not explored enough is this misty look that you get from a shortish long exposure (here 5s).