Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

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.

Today's photowalk with +Gazzaroonii T. almost didn't happen though.  A mere minutes from heading out to meet up with my friend, a freak thunderstorm hit...hard.  It started with a drizzle and knowing that storms can pass rather quickly, I almost headed out anyway... Thank goodness I didn't.  The sky soon opened up and the thunder and lightning that accompanied it was on a scale that I've rarely, if ever felt.  I am talking window rattling, sound cracking, end of the world kind of stuff.  Okay, maybe not end of the world but living on the 65th floor, it sure felt like it at the time.

After what seemed like an eternity, it finally passed and after looking at radar images from the Hong Kong Observatory to see what else was coming, we decided to take our chances and head out for a shoot.  That is dedication my friends. So on to the photos!

This isn't the first time I've shot this little lady but this is by far my favorite image of her.  I fired off a couple of frames in an attempt to her a good view of her face and she rewarded my patience with looking straight at me.

Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 3.4, ISO 320, 1/350th 
This is another location I revisited.  This kitchen is a straight up sweat box and these guys were hanging out outside before heading back in.  For those of you familiar with the Hong Kong heat, you know this kitchen must be pretty hot for them to hang outside to cool down.
Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 3.4, ISO 800, 1/180th 
This is the same kitchen from a previous visit.... Did I say HOT!?

I've said on a previous post that there are always seems to be some series that I can work on.  Here is one to add to my "Sleeper" series.
Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 2.8, ISO 800, 1/250th 
No, not a sleeper... this one is just drunk.  
Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 2.8, ISO 800, 1/125th 

Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 2.4, ISO 800, 1/350th 

Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 3.4, ISO 800, 1/350th 
Leica M240, 90mm Summicron @ 2.8, ISO 1250, 1/500th 

I hate being in photos but I thought these mirrors made for a cool self portrait...

And now, a final word about G.A.S...

Gear Acquisition Syndrome, or G.A.S., can be a very frustrating affliction.  If you have more camera bags, cameras, lenses or accessories than you actually NEED, then you likely suffer from it.  Even if you don't have it all, it's still likely a problem for you if you have that desire.  

I certainly cannot complain as I have been fortunate enough to be able to fulfill most of my needs but its been awfully tough lately and it is what has compelled me to write this... as if writing about it will help alleviate some of my anxiety (yeah right).   Sure there are items that I want and lust after but its having a fellow photographer friend with means that has made this come to a head (you know who you are!).  Can I get the images I want with what I have?  Absolutely... And I can even do it with lesser equipment.  But do I still lust after the Leica MM, 50 Summicron APO and 50 Noctilux... you bet!

So as I get the urge, I will continue to head out with what I have and just focus on creating good images.  Images that when I reflect on them, challenge that notion that a measurable difference could have made the image better with that "halo" gear.  At the end of the day, I am still shooting and doing so actively, thats really all that matters.

Thanks for stopping by!


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