Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Introverts Guide to Street Photography

After my last post, I had a couple of people ask me about how I approach people in my street photography.  I am an introvert so it makes the question all the more interesting because I largely do not interact with the people that I am shooting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

9 Months in Hong Kong and Counting

I've hit the 9 month mark living in Hong Kong and as I reflect back on my work from earlier in the year, I feel like I've seen a lot of growth in what I've been able to produce lately.  So how did I experience so much growth?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island

When I first moved to Hong Kong earlier this year, we visited Lantau Island.  It was as a blisteringly hot day and after visiting the Tian Tan Buddha, my wife and I headed to the small fishing village of Tai O. We were spent and it was getting late so with the trip cut short, we vowed to return to really explore the village.  We finally made it back today and I am so glad we did.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Week in Review

It has been a busy week and I had a number of opportunities to go out and shoot with a number of my new photographer friends in Hong Kong.  Rather than create a post for each outing, I've decided to roll them into a week end review.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shooting Temple Street in Kowloon (AGAIN)

Another day of shooting in what is now becoming a familiar place but as much as I go back to Temple Street, it never disappoints.  Its not just this area though, I've been through quite a few areas of Hong Kong now and this city has managed to not only hold my interest but really continue to feed my photographic spirit.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The MeFOTO RoadTrip (My Impressions)

When making the move to Hong Kong, I knew mobility was going to be a priority so prior to the move, I began looking at new tripods.  The goal was to find a tripod that offered the best balance in weight, folded compact size and cost.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meeting Up in Hong Kong

Its been a little over 4 months since my arrival in Hong Kong and I think I am rapidly approaching the point at which I can no longer call myself a newbie.  Nonetheless, I've still sought opportunities to go out and meet other people interested in photography as a way explore new areas and perhaps find a few friends along the way.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Braving the Heat in Hong Kong

We're in the middle of a heat wave in Hong Kong but you can't get street photos unless you brave the conditions and head out.  Life doesn't stop around us so why should we?  Today I set out with +Gazzaroonii T.  and another visiting photographer to Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Visit to Sam Ka Tsuen and Ma Wan Village

I have now been in Hong Kong about two and half months now and right outside of our building, there is this tiny little ferry terminal that I've yet to take anywhere.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Photowalk Around Western Hong Kong

I had the chance to head out and shoot today with a local photography club. It was great because it was another opportunity to meet new people in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Street Shooting In Kowloon

Leica M240, ISO 500, 50mm Summilux ASPH @f6.8, 1/45th Sec
On this outing, I had a chance to explore the area of Yau Ma Tei.  This place is a gold mine to shoot and I will definitely be coming back here to explore different lighting, crowds and perspective.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Roaming Around Central, Hong Kong

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.7, ISO 640, 1/15th Sec
Got a late start to the day due to some binge watching of the 1st season of House of Cards but after finally getting out and having lunch in Causeway Bay, Annie and I headed out to Central to do some exploring.

[Photo Above]  The more I look at this photo, the more I think its one of my favorite photos I've taken in quite awhile.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Street Shooting in Mong Kok, TST and Causeway Bay

Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f/5.7,  ISO 640, 1/15th Sec
Today was a glooming day but I feel like its been too long since I've gotten out to shoot.  Keep in mind that I am just at my one month anniversary in Hong Kong so I really haven't neglected my shooting that much.  I also feel like its a black and white kind of day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hong Kong Kites (Birds of Prey)

Canon 1Dx, ISO 125, 70-200 @ 200, f/2.8,  1/2500th Sec
In one of my earlier posts, I made a reference to some birds of prey flying outside my window.  At the time my Canon 1Dx was still in route from the states and I had vowed to get some photos when I had better equipment in hand.  Well, my pro DSLR equipment is here and

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lantau Island

The Bronze Tian Tan Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery measures 112 ft (34 meters)
Its the long Easter weekend in Hong Kong and we decided to make the trip over the Lantau Island.   It turned out to be a pretty warm day and we got off to a rough start.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dragon Boat Racing in Stanley

Picking a Paddle before heading out on the water in Stanley Beach

So I am now about to head into my 3rd week in Hong Kong and I've truly tried to immerse myself.  I've experienced the Hong Kong Sevens, I've photographed in and around Stanley, Central, Kowloon, Causeway Bay, among other places.  Oh, and the food...  Oh how I love the food.  Now, its time to experience Dragon Boat racing.  Not as a spectator but as a competitor!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Exploring the Central District of Hong Kong

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux, ISO 160, f/16, 0.7 Sec

I've been pretty busy with work but managed to find some time to walk around Central today.  It was only for a couple of hours so I know I didn't give it the time it deserves.  I'll chalk this trip up to getting my bearings in a new town.  The next time I am able to make it down there, I'll know how to navigate the area a little better and spend more time doing it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Exploring Stanley (Hong Kong) and Karaoke in the Tsim Sha Tsui District

April 4th, 2014

One week has elapsed since my arrival into Hong Kong and it is now the weekend.  Its time to head out and explore something new.  Today, we ventured out to Stanley which is a small beach community on the back side of Hong Kong Island. Later on in the evening, its off to Kowloon where a co-worker of Annie's was hosting a birthday gathering that included barbecuing on an outdoor patio followed by Karaoke.  The karaoke was a real test of the Sony RX1's low light capability but I'll discuss a little more on that later.

Today's Camera: Sony RX1 (+ a bonus image from the Leica M9 and Summilux 50)


The weather is perfect and we're off to Stanley Beach.  Talk about convenient to get there... There is a small bus depot on the ground floor our building and the number 14 line starts at our building and ends in Stanley.  It really does not get any easier than that!!!

Stanley offers some shopping geared more towards tourists but the real attraction, at least for us, was the seaside dining.  With the sun shining and the weather mild, it was so nice to get out for the day.  

View of the Stanley Plaza Waterfront
Sony RX1, ISO 100, 35mm (Fixed), f/16, 1/125th Sec

The water is quite clear.  Along the 20 minute ride to Stanley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Above Hong Kong

April 3rd, 2014

It has only been about a week since my relocation to Hong Kong and I don't think I'll ever get tired of the view from our flat overlooking the harbor.  It generally stays overcast much of the day but there are instances where we get a clearing.  I've been so anxious to get a good shot of the view from my place that I've got my camera staged on the tripod (MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip) and ready to go at a moments notice.

While there was still a pretty significant cloud layer last night, everything else cleared up quite nicely.

Sony RX1, ISO 100, f/11, 25.0 Sec.
I have always loved long exposure images that capture bolts of lightning but living in Los Angeles, there are not a lot of opportunities to capture these types of images unless you drive out to the high desert.

Now that I am calling Hong Kong home

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My New Bubble in Hong Kong

April 1st, 2014

Prior to relocating to Hong Kong, I was fortunate to live and work in a small beach community just outside of downtown Los Angeles.  If you know LA, you know its the land of commutes so to live and work in the same area, well... it becomes your bubble.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hong Kong Arrival +2

March 31st, 2014

I arrived into Hong Kong on Saturday morning and was sooo anxious to start my new adventure.  My wife met me at the airport and thank goodness that she did since I had a A LOT of luggage.  I simply would not be able to manage it all by myself.  The immigration lines were clear and with my VISA in hand, I am off and running!!!

Photo: Sony RX1
Hong Kong International Airport

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In My Bag

March 16th, 2014

Things are starting to move along as it looks like our Los Angeles home will be rented shortly.  With that hurdle out of the way, my days are spent finalizing the packing for the movers to take our stuff to storage.  Its time to take a break and reflect on what lies ahead.  One of the things I am looking most forward to, aside from seeing my wife again, is exploring Hong Kong with my camera.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Countdown to Hong Kong Begins

March 9th, 2014

The countdown has begun.  My wife has already taken off to Hong Kong and I am making the final preparations in Los Angeles to make the move and join her.  The process is taking much longer than I would have hoped for but the time will undoubtedly come and I am sure I will wonder where the time went.

Camera Configuration:  Leica M9, 50mm Summilux ASPH

The countdown has begun.  My wife has already taken off to Hong Kong and I am making the final preparations in Los Angeles to make the move and join her.  The process is taking much longer than I would have hoped for but the time will undoubtedly come and I am sure I will wonder where the time went.