52 Project – 3: Return of the Film

OK, I am now 2 weeks behind schedule in the 52 project, but quality counts right?

Am I inspired by Daido Moriyama…?  I am not so sure, I didn’t go to his exhibition earlier (I really should have, but just didn’t).  Yet with the high contrast, grungy look, seems like this is another copycat work of his…

The truth is I was using a roll of ISO50-200 Lomography Redscale film.  Its the first time I used it and I wasn’t expecting it to be sooooo red!  Anyway its not a bad try and achieved some decent results.

This roll was mostly street snaps, as you may realise…  Given the convenience and the autofocus of the modern day DSLR, using the old Nikon F3 on the streets make it this much challenging and rewarding.  I still love the feeling of anticipation, waiting for the film to be developed and seeing if I got any good (or bad) stuff… unlike the DSLR world where you just see what you shot, and re-shoot if needed.

This is also my first go at multiple exposure with film (I never really tried this with photoshop either).  Great fun.  Colour temperature was awful, still need to work out how to use the film.  Another excellent experiment.  Enjoy and comment!

TL

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Mainlanders on Canton Road

This is one of my recent documentary projects.

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.

Eye of the City

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…

Slow shutter speeds

First try to step outside the comfort zone, using slower shutter speeds, catching the movement in the photos, even under bright sunlight.

The above photo was taken in Berlin, and I managed to capture a cyclist along the Berlin wall, with a clear wall drawing in the background.

I think its not a bad start for my challenge!

TL

Challenging myself

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.

TL