Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

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.

Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen

Leica M240,  90mm Summicron @ f/5.6, 1/750th

On this outing, I headed out to the old walled village of Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen.  It is the last remaining walled village in Kowloon with only a handful of residents remaining and is slated to be demolished to make room for new public housing.  The area within the village is quite small and many of the houses are already torn down.  It was so odd to see a mix of empty lots and abandoned flats only to come across one that had an air conditioner running.  Clearly that flat was still occupied.

Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/1000th
Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/4.8, ISO 1600, 1/1500th
Leica M240,  90mm Summicron @ f/2.4, ISO 1600, 1/125th
Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/1000th
Leica M240,  90mm Summicron @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, 1/2000th
Leica M240,  90mm Summicron @ f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/1500th

Around Wan Chai and Kowloon

After visiting Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen in the morning, I then headed to Wan Chai in the afternoon to meet with some other friends to continue my shooting spree.  It continues to be quite hot around this time of year so a full day of shooting can be pretty tiring.  Getting a few keepers makes it so much worth the effort though!

The following image is one of my favorite images, and not just from this week.  This is what looks to be a machine shop and the guy was just standing there.  I fired off a few frames from across the street and he didn't seem to mind that I was taking his picture.

Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/3.4, ISO 200, 1/180th
Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/1.4, ISO 1600, 1/1000th
I like to think that as photographers we're part of a community and united by common interests.  While out on this photo walk, we ran across this girl [Liz] from the mainland who was on an extended layover on her way to Thailand.  I have to say that she's pretty adventurous.  With a few weeks off, she's traveling alone and was just walking around Wan Chai with her camera and snapping away.  As we were likely heading across the harbor to do some more shooting, we asked if she wanted to tag along with us.

Liz with +Gazzaroonii T. 

Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/1.7, ISO 200, 1/750th
After roaming around Wan Chai for a bit, we headed off to Kowloon where we hit Temple Street and roamed around Yau Ma Tei.  

Traffic can sometimes be bad in Hong Kong... With a good transportation system in place, I am glad I don't need a car here.
Leica M240,  50mm Summilux @ f/1.4, ISO 200, 1/3000th
On this particular day, I didn't feel like I captured a lot of keepers and I think all of us were ready to call it quits so we all parted ways.  While waiting for the MTR to head back home, I was able to capture this as my last image of the day.  With this image and the image of the machinist, I was pretty happy with todays output.

Leica M240,  90mm Summicron @ f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/90th

The Iconic Skyline

I've been in Hong Kong about 5 months now and I've pretty much stayed away from getting the most common of shots, the Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Peak.  I still have not gotten the Peak shot but this is now the second time I've headed out to get the Skyline.  I figured it was only a matter of time before I headed out to these locations so there was no rush to head out and grab these.

Rather than shoot from the Avenue of the Stars location, where it can get very crowded, we headed off to the lesser known spot on the parking structure next to the Ocean Centre.  I am feeling like a local now! 

While waiting for the sun to set, I just loved the light at this moment.
Leica M240,  24mm Elmarit @ f/6.8, ISO 320, 1/350th
Leica M240,  35mm Summarit @ f/11, ISO 200, 1/60th
Leica M240,  35mm Summarit @ f/4.0, ISO 200, 16 Seconds
Now for my final image and arguably one of the best of the bunch.  Within the first week of me arriving in Hong Kong about 5 months ago, there was a massive thunder storm.  Being that I live on the 65th floor, I have a great vantage point and have been trying ever since to get some great images of lightning strikes.  I had what I thought was a great image months ago but camera shake from poor tripod placement was my undoing.  The bolt of lighting was sharp but the rest of the image was not. 

We had another storm come through last night and my patience has finally been rewarded :)
Canon 1Dx, 17mm, ISO 250, f/16, 30 Seconds
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