Street Photography Assignment: Couples

Street Photography Assignment: Couples

I decide this past Saturday and Sunday go give myself a street photography assignment. I would shoot couples. Couples only – no kids in the mix. As it always seems to go, when you’re looking for something you never find it. And if you do, blink and it’s gone.

Shooting street photography in Hong Kong is not easy. The speed of Hong Kongers is the stuff of legend. The hustle, the bustle. Sidewalks, at some times of the day are a sea of people, a tide of humanity. You don’t so much walk down the sidewalk as are swept along with the masses. Imagine trying to shoot into this – more clunkers than you can shake a stick it. Continue reading “Street Photography Assignment: Couples”

Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography

Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App
Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App

I’ve said before, I like to shoot street candids like a ninja. I’m not all “In your face.” I’m like the wind, completely unseen. When I heard about the Fuji X-T1 and the Camera Remote App I was intrigued. Being able to shoot photos through my iPhone or tablet? I would be a complete ninja.

My successes have been hit or miss. The Fuji Camera Remote App is a well-crafted utility. You can change ISO, EV, shutter speed and aperture. You can complete control the camera and focus by touching the live view preview on your device screen. All good. Continue reading “Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography”

Telling different stories with depth of field

DoF on the MTR
DoF on the MTR

I have a lot of luck shooting on the MTR East Rail Line. In the first class car there are big windows, few people and quiet. It’s a great place to shoot candid street photos. Rarely do a have a ride to or from Shenzhen, China that doesn’t net a couple of sweet photos.

The odd couple sitting beside me just after Christmas last year were grist for my photographic mill. She, younger, attractive and hip, played on an iPhone 6. He, older, bespeckled, looked occasionally at his phone and stared absently out of the window.  Continue reading “Telling different stories with depth of field”

Fuji X-T1 on the streets

Fuji X-T1 - Playing in the Park
Fuji X-T1 – Playing in the Park

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.

Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series… Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 on the streets”

Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge

Waiting at Dubai Airport
Waiting at Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport – how did I get here? You wake up and have no idea where you are. This happens to me often. I travel a lot, this happens. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Once upon a time I saw a jet setting career as one that was super-cool. Now that I have it? Not so much. Be careful what you wish for…

Ah, Dubai Airport. I shoot a lot of photos in airports. Mainly because I spend a lot of time in airport. I don’t shoot in security or customs, I don’t want to end up in a jail cell. Airports are an international melting pot, a huge social experiment. People from all over the world, lost in their own little world. Dubai Airport more so than many. As Emirates hub it a bustling airport – as busy as the city itself. Continue reading “Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge”

Fuji x100s: I wants me one

I wants me a Fuji x100s
I wants me a Fuji x100s

I want a Fuji x100s. When I look back at my efforts over the past few months I have seen great success with my my Fuji x100. More than the XPro-1 and Canon 5D Mark III. Why? I have no idea.

It’s a maddening camera, even with the latest firmware. The focus is as slows as workers returning to factory jobs after Chinese New Year. It locks up for no apparent reason. The menu layout is bizarre. Yet, the little beast has grown on me. Purchased secondhand, I’m happy with what it’s done. Most of the prints framed in my home were shot with the x100. Continue reading “Fuji x100s: I wants me one”

Nathan Road Hustle and Bustle

Nathan Road is a busy place at noon. Actually, Nathan Road is a busy place 24 hours a day. Tourists, business people, Indians hawking copy watches and suits, rather swarthy middle-eastern types offering hashish on the sly – this is Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR.