Star Ferry: Nice Light


Star Ferry Port, TST
Star Ferry Port, TST

When I reembarked on my photography career a few months back I headed down to the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. I have a great affinity for the Star Ferry, it’s an institution in Hong Kong dating to 1888. Before that people wishing to travel from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island had to take a sampan.

It’s a fun ride, much more relaxed than taking the MTR. A few minutes on a chugging ferry and your in Central or Wan Chai, without the chaos of the MTR stations to navigate. It’s also a great place to shoot “street” photos as well as grab a few snaps of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. Shooting from a sometimes rocking boat isn’t the easiest thing to do – but you can grab a shot or two if you time it right.

On this day back in August I had taken my daughter to TST for her first Star Ferry ride. We traveled to Central, ate lunch and returned. While she and her mother visited the facilities I noticed amazing diffused light drifting down from a skylight. The bustle of people, the very cool light, made for some great shots. This one isn’t the best – which I can attribute to me being rusty. A few post-processing tricks were needed to make it a little sharper.

Star Ferry Shots

As many Hong Kong street photographers will attest the Canon 135 f/2L lens is simply amazing. Some have said it is the second sharpest of the Canon line-up – the first being the Canon 85 f/1.2. The 85 is a heavy beast, not the mention incredibly expensive. If you’ve never shot with an 135mm it takes some getting used to. It’s a strange focal length, getting your distance right can be tricky. You could say the same for any lens, but I never had the same problems with other focal lengths.



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