*Moody Lantern Portrait*
The beauty of really wide open lenses is that even at night you can do portraits with wonderful background bokeh. This guys was standing a few meters from me, and I waited a while for him to be looking in (roughly) my direction. This is the final shot I selected of a few and I really like it.
*Keep your Lantern Trimmed and Burning*
I took a lot of portraits of lantern bearers. I was looking for interesting subjects, but also interesting moments. Here, I liked how the lantern light was directly lighting the young man’s face. Of and yes, the title is a bit of a nod to an old, old song…
*The Dragon’s Head*
Getting a good shot of the Dragon’s head is devilishly hard. Since it’s made of rope with only the teeth and eyelamps to actually understand what it is, you need the right angle. Also, it’s nighttime, there’s incense smoke everywhere, and it’s constantly in movement. So I was quite pleased with this shot, and quite thankful I took my f/1.2 lens with me (this was shot at 1.4). The rest of the shot is blurred, but hey, you have to imagine that everything is in motion!
*A Dance with Dragons*
Last week-end was the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (nothing to do with George RR Martin, despite my facetious title). I had attended last year, with only my trusted 35mm x100F in hand, and while I got a few good shots including this great portrait I felt the need to revisit the event (which is fun in its own right anyway) and try to capture more diverse shots. I carried both my 56mm 1.2 and my 50-140 2.8 and both were put to great use. This is a broad shot of the wonderfully lit lantern display at the top of Wun Sha Street where the Dragon is dressed with incense sticks.
*Keeping your beer cool*
Hong Kong is hot and wet right now, but it’s nothing unusual for the season. Europe on the other hand is super hot and dry and that is unusual this early in the summer. So thinking of all my European friends, here’s how a Peng Chau guy decided to keep himself (and his beer) cool in the sultry heat…
It’s incredible how a harsh sun will exacerbate strong colours, creating very contrasty scenes. This was shot in the streets of Peng Chau and I like it a lot.
To be fair it was brutally hot in Peng Chau, but I didn’t expect to see a man showering from a public tap…
For Dragonboat festival we went to Peng Chau so we could see the boat races without massive crowds to deal with. It was fun, and one of the things I focused on was the periphery of the festival. The heat was brutal, and some of the organisers rested in the water in between races, including this guy with his flip flops.
*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 weather in Hong Kong has been awful these last few weeks. Rain virtually everyday, sometimes all day, except a few milder days here and there. The sunsets from my balcony reflect that, and last night’s was no exception. The cloud cover broke just as the sun was setting bit in a really strange way. Looked like a puzzle with missing pieces out there…