Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

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.
I don't shoot or do many conversions to Black and White so this is a pretty big shift for me.  I don't know if its partly because of the overcast sky today but I can probably also point to some inspiration over the last couple of weeks.


I recently discovered the photography of Fan Ho.  Not only does he have some amazing Black and White photography but you can get an amazing glimpse into Hong Kong in the 1950's and 60's.  He has quickly become a favorite of mine. I've also been following +Dave Powell over at Shoot Tokyo.  He's been shooting in and around Tokyo for a number of years now and is launching a new Kickstarter project to release ~100 of his favorite images in a new book. Although Dave has been shooting a lot of film, its his work with the Leica Monochrome that's also gotten me interested in the B&W medium.  Deep down inside, I think I may be trying to justify a new Leica MM... Hopefully my wife does not read my blogs ;-)

One of the things you may have noticed in some of my other posts, and in the following few images, is the sense of motion.  I've been making an effort to really try and hone that skill.  Partly because I love the technique, if done right, but also because Hong Kong is such a busy city.  I feel like I need to convey a sense of motion in some of my images to hint at just how quick the pace of life is here.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @f/16,  ISO 160, 1/6th Sec (Hand Held)

Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f/13,  ISO 160, 1/15th Sec
The other thing you get a lot of when walking the streets of Hong Kong are these deep and narrow alleyways.  I think these lend themselves well to Black and White imagery because they are inherently drab and have a lot of grey tones.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f/4.8,  ISO 640, 1/190th Sec
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f4.8,  ISO 640, 1/25th Sec


I had read somewhere about a gold fish market where there is store upon store selling goldfish.  While I was not looking for it, I did happen to stumble upon it.  Look!  Its a wall of fish!  And this scene is replicated over and over again as you walk from store to store.  I believe they say the goldfish bring good luck... Maybe I should pick up a little buddy.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @5.7,  ISO 160, 1/30th Sec


Talk about visual density... In this image, I was shooting from across the street and there was such a dense cluster of signs that its hard to see the buildings behind them.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @2.4,  ISO 160, 1/60th Sec
I kinda got a kick out of these pedestrian signs.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @5.7,  ISO 160, 1/60th Sec
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @5.7,  ISO 160, 1/60th Sec
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f/4.8,  ISO 160, 1/180th Sec
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @ f/5.7,  ISO 160, 1/30th Sec
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @5.7,  ISO 160, 1/45th Sec
Thanks for stopping by.  If you've had enough of the Black and White images, I'll leave you with one last image to snap you out of it.  In Times Square (Causeway Bay) there is an outdoor Gaudi exhibit. His style and architecture is so prevalent in Barcelona and it was cool to see the installation here in Hong Kong.  Its also a more uplifting image than my first one.
Leica M9, Summilux 50 ASPH @5.7,  ISO 160, 1/45th Sec
Take Care!

-Jasen