Ok, so I have failed to keep up with the weekly shooting and posting on the second week. To make up the short fall, I went to shoot with one of my classmates around Hong Kong. This trip was a good experience to shoot raw street photography. I used a few new (to me) techniques to shoot under low-light situations.
Another new step was to have conversations with strangers before shooting them. It was really interesting to know the story of the tailor and his shop; I feel that the photo shot afterwards really was taken to another level.
Haven’t posted for a while, recently entered into another period of consolidation, trying to shoot things in a new way. Do something I rarely do before, approach in new ways, new cropping, new lighting, new composition etc. It actually worked rather well and I am pretty happy about the result.
I actually shot this in a cafe, with large windows lighting from the back. The setup is extremely simple, the props, the subjects are simple, it looks so clean, a style which I always wanted to try.
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.
Sometimes it is important to include the little things that lead to your final shot. Let me explain….
just like the photo on the top, it is actually the footprints of a cheetah which led to the discovery of the actual cheetah hunting for its prey. These little pieces of information not only is an interesting photo on its own, but it also tells a story when combined with the final photo, the one below.
Photos is a media for you to express your feelings and to tell a story, always try to capture the interesting things around you (especially in this digital age), these little pieces may actually link up to a grand story!