If I haven’t posted any photos in awhile, it’s because there have been several distractions in my life. Those distractions are still with me but I’m trying to get back into shooting again. (“I’m distracted with relatively solvable trivia.” – Woody Allen) I don’t think any of these shots are great; they’re me easing back into it after a few weeks “away.” All of these were shot Saturday, June 23, 2012.
The first group of shots were taken walking around my neighborhood during a break from the rain that’s been with us almost every day for the past few weeks.
Going out for the night, our first stop was the MTR station in Hang Hau. Given that it was a holiday yesterday, the plaza was a little busier than usual with maids on their day off.
Camped out under the shopping mall’s escalator, presumably because it offers some shelter from the rain (though the rain had finally stopped by then).
And then, on to Wanchai. I think you’d probably need to be familiar with Wanchai to appreciate that there’s a place called Wood Shop right next to the Ming Court Hotel (the closest “love hotel” to the bars).
The lights of the bars along Lockhart Road. I love that there’s a go-go bar named Cockeye. If memory serves, it was once actually named Popeye until they got sued.
You’ll see the same scene outside many of the go-go bars as the night begins. Perhaps last night’s was more elaborate due to the holiday. They light fires and burn paper money and other goods to send them to the ghosts. Some have said they do this to keep away the ghosts of the thousands of customers they’ve ripped off over the years.
Probably you shouldn’t help yourself to any of this food as you’re walking by.
One of the problems with this ancient superstitious practice is the way it fills the street with smoke and ashes. As it happens, we were having dinner at the restaurant right next door to this bar. And every time someone opened the door to the restaurant, ashes would come flying in. Luckily none of this filth landed on our food but one huge chunk landed on my fork.
Anyway, the only food shot I’ve got from the evening is the basket of prawn chips. We were too hungry for me to want to take time grabbing food shots – every time a plate of food arrived at our table, we attacked it instantly.
And then over to Amazonia Bar for a few drinks. Icebox hit the stage at 9:30 – I’ve shot them too many times so last night just grabbed a few quick shots. Here’s rhythm guitarist Edwin.
And here’s lead guitarist Willie. I was trying to time my shots for when the lights were relatively “normal” but I like this red shot.
Following Icebox was a new band, didn’t catch their name. They started off with a seriously out-of-tune version of Englishman in New York and then went through several more faux reggae tunes before launching into a batch of Seattle 90s grunge rock stuff. I didn’t much care for them though the female lead singer is easy on the eyes.
Shooting at F1.4, the depth of field is extremely narrow and the focus ended up on her right hand instead of her face (I did enjoy several beverages) but I think you get the picture.