This is the second entry of the series, as I was not entirely satisfied with the collection I had in the previous post. This should be viewed together with the previous post to get a better picture of the number of mainland tourists in Hong Kong during the “Golden Week”.
According to some studies, the tourists will be spending most of their money during the middle of the Golden Week (i.e. yesterday and today). I have to agree that I see a lot more of them on the streets, more people queuing outside the shops, more of them sitting on the streets, more hand baggage being pulled around.
29th September, the start of the “Golden Week” in China, where almost all of the working class in Mainland has more than a week of national holidays. This also leads to a large surge of Mainland Chinese tourists arriving in Hong Kong.
Canton Road is one of the main shopping streets in Hong Kong for luxury items, and I took the opportunity to shoot some snaps along the road to capture the typical Mainland Chinese big spenders.
I am currently taking the Documentary Photography course with Open University HK. Its a rather interesting course, as it encourages students to do “mini-projects” of their own topics. Most enthusiasts mainly think in terms of getting THE perfect photograph, yet in documentary, its about getting a series of photographs to convey a strong message, its not just about the technique, but the story behind the project. This course requires students to do just that.
The mini project below was taken a few years ago during Cantonese Opera Day in Hong Kong, each photo captured different emotions, just by looking at the subjects’ eyes. Try to come up with mini project topics of your own and go shoot it!
Have been rather lazy for the past few weeks (I think its at least a month since I wrote a post)…
Haven’t been shooting a lot recently, as always a lot of excuses, being busy, tired, distracted, procrastinating etc… I’ve got to be more disciplined.
Well, not that I have been totally stopped thinking about photography. I have been trying more new things, shoot in a way I never shot before. Using new “techniques”, angle of approach to places where I have been to thousands of times. Trying to make the subject looking like something else.
The above was shot in the middle a local wet market. It is a busy street, and people around me kept looking above their heads, being curious about what I am actually shooting. Well, the buildings are actually rather close to each other, and looking up with my fish-eye actually made the street looked like an eye…
We usually like our landscapes to be perfect. Trees to be green, skies are blue, etc. This time I try to process the photo so that the tones are cool, and there is heavy flare in the middle of the photo, giving it a little twist from the typical landscape photos.
I am actually very satisfied with the outcome. A perfect sunset in Prague.
I have always been trying to improve my photography skills, and I have reached a wall where I don’t seem to be able to further push my skills. I showed my portfolio to my instructors in OUHK, and all of them gave me very similar advice, break the rules.
All of them thinks that my technical skills are pretty much up to scratch, what can add the “x-factor” to my work is to break all the rules I have learnt, the composition rules, the white balance, the shutter speed/aperture size, the focus…. Stop being “correct” and let things happen.
This is my current challenge for myself, be wrong and shoot freely. The above shot was actually taken before my challenge, yet I guess it is a good start for myself. These types of shots only make up 0.1% of my portfolio, but I will try to shoot like this more. Somehow the above shot looks very interesting, something very unlike my usual works, yet gives a great feel to it. Wish me luck as I try to break my boundaries, and take my shooting to another level.