Category Archives: Street

Random Photos From a Random Day

If I haven’t been posting photos as frequently as in the past, that’s because I haven’t been shooting as often.  But with three paid gigs coming up in March and more time to think following my house move, I’m getting back into it again.  Here’s a few shots from today that I’m relatively happy with.

 

 

 

 

 

A few words about that last photo.  Everyone who lives in the villages of Hong Kong knows about “village dogs,” which I believe is a euphemism for abandoned pets living on the streets and living on garbage.

In Sai Kung, the dogs around my village were actually pretty healthy looking, aside from a few that were lame because they’d been hit by cars.  Here in Lam Tsuen, it seems to be a different story.  I’ve noticed more than a few dogs walking around that have all sorts of wounds.  But I never saw anything as shocking as this once-beautiful dog that I came upon today.  As near as I can figure it, its owner abandoned it without even bothering to remove its post-operative protective plastic collar.  Meanwhile the wounds on the dog’s side, as near as I can guess not being a doctor, have become badly infected, with these prominent purple swellings.  I have a few closer shots that give a better look at the wounds but I think they’re potentially too disturbing to post here.

I wanted to go over to the dog and at least remove that collar from around his neck but, well, you see those wounds, I felt it could be potentially dangerous.  I have, however, contacted the SPCA this evening asking if there is anything that they or I could do here and I’m waiting for their response.

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Fuji X-Pro1 & Street

Not an extended treatise, just some random thoughts.

I was exporting a photo from Lightroom just now and saw that the number was 0014 and thought to myself, “what the hell, did the settings get changed, is it starting from 1 every time I reformat the memory card?”  The answer is no, I’ve shot 10,000 photos with the X-Pro1 in the few months that I’ve had it.  And even though the camera is much improved with the new firmware update, it’s still not quite where I’d like it to be.  It’s really still pretty much what my buddy Fernando Gros said a few months ago when he said, roughly, that it can be frustrating to use but when things come together the results are excellent.

The other night I was out with a buddy in a Mong Kok bar where they poured very generously.  A couple of hours later, about as toasted as I could be and still be walking, I had the idea to pull my camera out of the bag and try to shoot as I was walking down the street.  Over the next hour or so, I shot around 200 photos.  The next day, I deleted about 90% of them.  Much to my surprise, there were one or two reasonable shots.

This afternoon I was walking around Central (completely sober).  I pulled the camera out of the bag and tried doing some shooting.

The first thing I noticed was that, even with the firmware update, with focus mode set to S, the camera still wouldn’t focus fast enough for me to catch someone walking towards me.   I switched to C, where the camera doesn’t wait for focus to be locked in before triggering the shutter, and did reasonably better.  Shoot with the aperture closed down enough on a sunny day and it could work okay.  Even so, again I must have deleted more than 90% of the photos I took today.  My biggest problem at this point is that when I’m not bringing the viewfinder up from my eye, when I’m “shooting from the hip” in a manner of speaking, I have a tendency to point the camera too far down and come home with lots of photos of peoples’ shoes.  Something I need to work on.

On an only vaguely related note, you might be interested to check out Digital Rev’s hands-on review of the new Nikon D600.  It looks to be quite reasonable and if I had the need for a second camera body, this is the one I’d surely be considering.  What I find really interesting about this (and other Digital Rev videos featuring Kai) is just how fearless the guy is, how he doesn’t hesitate to kneel down right in front of someone and shoot a picture of a stranger on the street close-up without so much as a “may I?”  I think he gets some really nice shots but I don’t think this is something I’d be capable of doing – and on some levels at least I find it rude.  I suppose this is coming off as a criticism but I should also make it clear that I always enjoy Kai’s videos, just that I couldn’t do what he does.

 

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Drama in Wanchai

Story first, photos second.

Tonight I was standing outside of Amazonia Bar in Wanchai smoking a cigarette.  This woman came walking by.  Chinese, not unattractive.  I didn’t notice her at first.  But then she dropped the bags she was carrying and seemed to slip off the curb into the street.  Okay, she was more than likely drunk.

She picked up the bags and walked right out into the street and into traffic without looking, one arm out-stretched hailing a taxi.  I’m amazed that she didn’t get hit by a car.  She got into the middle of the street, dropped her bags down and just stood there as cars weaved around her.

A guy ran into the street, picked up her bags and tried to lead her off to the side.  They spoke for awhile, she was clearly crying.  With her bags on the sidewalk and her standing off to the side, he returned to the bar.  She just stood there in the street, crying.

Finally two other women came by and got her and her bags and put her into a taxi.  It didn’t take a long time to get her into the taxi but once she was inside the taxi it was a long time before the taxi drove off.  Perhaps the two women couldn’t get the woman to tell them where she wanted to go.  And then it seemed as if she didn’t have any money.  I saw one of the women reach into what I think was her own wallet and hand some money to the taxi driver.

The taxi drove off and we thought that was the end of it.  But about 20 minutes later, as my girlfriend and I were walking down Jaffe Road heading for dinner, we saw the woman again, this time standing in front of Junk Pub (note: less than one block away from where she got into the taxi) being questioned by two police.  Whatever was going on, the police seemed satisfied and left her there and kept walking down the street.

It was odd, to say the least.  And I’ll admit that I felt a little bit like the news cameraman in Medium Cool who passes by a horrific auto accident and stops and takes pictures and only after that, almost as an after thought, did he call 911.

Anyway, here are a few of the pictures.

 

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You Staring At My Teddy?

Have not had much time to shoot recently but quite like this shot from Causeway Bay today.

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