Asia 2013 part 2 :: Hong Kong – Great Light

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It’s been five years since we were last in Hong Kong and it’s great to be back. We have a ten day stop over here (although two days will be spent in Macau), then it’s off to the Philippines to shoot the project for the NGO, which will appear on the Kage Collective site later in the year. I shot these with either the Fuji X100 or the X-E1 with the 18-55mm f2.8-f4 (more on this lens on a later post). At this point the X-Pro1 was still in the bag.

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Hong Kong is an amazing city with stunning archetecture and design. It’s a living, breathing, pulsating metropolis,
a great place to be and an even better place for photography. I don’t think I’ve felt more at ease or safe,  even in the two cities where I shoot street the most in Scotland. Everyone should come to Hong Kong at least once in their life.

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I shot a small video of the scene above and it looks so much like ants. everybody just flowing along, moving out of each others way and going about there business.

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There’s one thing that Hong Kong has in abundance, and that’s great light. Of course it’s better during the golden hours at both ends of the day, but like my Kage Collective colleague Robert Catto wrote about in his story Brighter, everything does just look brighter and more colourful at this end of the world. I’m afraid the UK lucked out on light.

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Hong Kong has many levels in so many ways. But for a photographer, it offers a lot in the way of places to shoot from. You can be on ground level shooting what’s around you, or above. In the vast elevated walkways that join buildings like a giant dot to dot. You can shoot what’s ahead or behind, or down on to the street. Or you could shoot over at another walkway running parallel. There’s just so much veriety of view points.

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And finally, here’s a couple of locals…..not really, it’s my kids, cooling of on the roof of our home for the ten days we’re in Hong Kong. Even they are finding the heat hard to bear.

I’ve posted a number of black and white shots from the streets of HK on my 35mmStreet blog, so click HERE to go there. A lot more coming soon.

Patrick La Roque should be back from Cuba around the time this post goes out (or soon after), so check his blog HERE regularly for more travel shots.

Now…where are those Digital Rev TV guys?

 

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  2. Henry

    Great pictures-
    Did you use any special in-camera settings for your color shots?
    The color is so vibrant and clear.
    Thanks again-

    10 months ago

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    • Derek Clark

      Thank Henry.

      No nothing special. I tend to use Astia, but for some reason my X-E1 has reset back to Provia (std). I just checked before typing this reply. I just added +15 Contrast & +5 Clarity in Lightroom 5 and a bit of Vignette to most of them. I think the vibrant colour is part X-Trans Sensor & part good light.

      Derek.

      10 months ago

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  3. Paolo

    Compliments! Very nice report shots.

    10 months ago

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  4. Daniel

    Amazing pictures!! I was just in Hong Kong a month ago for vacation, it is truly an amazing city! I actually bought the X-E1 in while I was in Hong Kong! Looking forward for more photos!!

    10 months ago

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    • Derek Clark

      Thanks Daniel.
      I hope you got the chance to use it while you were in HK and got some good shots.

      Derek.

      10 months ago

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  5. Paolo

    Hi Derek. I’ve the x-pro1 but when I use the ovf and a lens like 35 F1.4 the pictures are out of focus. No problems with the evf. I can see it for shots like portraits….and from distances like 1, 2 and 3 meters… Could you suggest me something?
    Have a nice week.

    10 months ago

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    • Derek Clark

      Hey Paolo, try this if you only see one focus box in the OVF.
      In menu 3, 4th from the top, you will find ‘Corrected AF Frame’. Set it to ON.

      Now when you look through the viewfinder you will see two boxes. the normal closed one and an open sided box just bellow and to the right. In other words two overlapping boxes at the corners. The bottom box is the closest focus distance and the top box would be infinity. Try picking something at a distance, focus on it and a green box will appear close to the top focus box. Now walk closer and keep trying the focus. As you get closer the green box that lets you know you’re in focus will get closer to the bottom box. It doesn’t take too long until you know roughly where the green box will appear. It’s the parallax between the lens and the viewfinder.

      Apologies if you already have the Corrected AF Frame already set to on and you know all about the above. In this case you might have to send your X-Pro1 to Fuji for a checkup. They have a very fast turnaround and a fantastic service, usually about a 3 day turnaround.

      Let me know if this has been any help to you.

      Derek.

      10 months ago

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      • Paolo

        Wow,…!!! It’s a “Columbus egg”!!! Great Derek and many tanks to you. Now It’s perfect!!!

        10 months ago

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  6. Jurry

    Incredibly amazing pictures!! I have just recently ordered my Fuji and really can’t wait till it arrives and I will be able to start playing around.. Thanks for this nice article and you gave me also an ideam where I will plan one of my next vacations.. ;-) Thanks! Jurry

    9 months ago

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  7. Jeroen

    Great pictures love to take some pictures in Hong Kong some day! Thanks for sharing.

    9 months ago

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