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!
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.
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…
The sun was setting and the rays made a golden line on the sea. The fisherman’s boat met the golden line, highlighting the boat. On the other hand the bridge in the foreground becomes another straight line, linking the two lines is the horizon in the background, making it an inverted triangle composition.
Be aware of the “lines” in your frame, and you may be surprised by the simple shapes it makes; these shapes will help your composition significantly.
Its not an everyday scene to see fisherman at work, in particular that I live in a big city. The above photo was taken on a beach, with some parts which seems to be remaining of an old bridge. The fisherman’s boat was moving along and I managed to capture it. There is a modern ship in the background, and also high rise buildings further away.
This black and white photo showed the depth of field with the different shadow tones, and the fisherman’s boat is shown with a silhouette. Sometimes its not the clarity of your subject which matters, but its how you present the overall idea.