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Roaming around Hong Kong’s Time Square with HDR post-processing

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Standing on a traffic island with camera and tripod.

Standing on a traffic island with camera and tripod.

I’ve had HDR (high dynamic range) software for a couple of years and just never gotten around to experimenting with it.  Sitting around on a holiday with nothing to do, I decided to play with it.  HDR allows for an exaggerated range of luminance that takes a photo into the abstract and obviously loses it connection to reality.  Not everyone likes the results.  I happen to think that it works pretty well with night shots in a brightly lit urban environment.  However, a little can be insufferable sometimes.

All photos shot with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor AFS 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens.  Post processing with Capture One, Aperture 3 and Photomatrix HDR Tone Mapping software.

Old and the new.

Old and the new.

Bus Stop.

Bus Stop.

Waiting for the bus.

Waiting for the bus.

Hong Kong wet market fish with Nikon fisheye lens.

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Approaching wet market from Hennesey Road.

Approaching wet market from Hennesy Road.

Whenever I visit Hong Kong, I like to stay in the Causeway Bay area for its vibrancy.  From street food to street shopping, there is plenty to do in the area.  This wet market is across the road from Times Square and is an great place to visit as evening shopping draws to a close.  Earlier in the day, it can be crowded with people which can impede one’s chances to take photos of the market’s offerings.  Just around the corner from this location are a number of high end restaurants and shops that are the modern Causeway Bay.  The market is a vestige of an earlier time that will someday disappear and become the latest skyscraper.  Enjoy while you can.

Photos were shots with a Nikon D700 and  AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 lens.

Fish-eye tomatoes.

Fish-eye tomatoes.

 

Fish-eye fish.

Fish-eye fish.

Typical view at market.

Typical view at market.

Close-up.

Close-up.

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December 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Happy Valley Racecourse at turf level. Great for photos.

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Turfside at Happy Valley.

Turfside at Happy Valley.

Over the years I’ve spent many a beautiful night at the Happy Valley Racecourse.  However up until a visit in October, I’ve never watched a race from turfside.  I’ve always sat in the expensive upper reaches of the beautiful facility but never in the “cheap” seats.  Let me tell me, the race and its attendant activities are much more enjoyable from this location.  Not only can you view the race from closeup, you are never isolated from the activity like you can be in the upper seats.  And being so close to the action, one can feel the “excitement” in the air.  And for photos, its chockful of subjects to pursue.

All photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens or 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Beautiful turf.

Beautiful turf.

Jockey in thought.

Jockey in thought.

Warming up.

Warming up.

Heading for home.

Heading for home.

Cool down.

Cool down.

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December 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Too shy to photograph people on the street? – Step 2

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Look for people working.

Look for people working.

People are sometimes apprehensive to photograph people on the street.  To become more comfortable, aspiring photographers should consider different ways to overcome their shyness.  Several weeks ago, I recommended shooting food stalls in close proximity to people.  In doing so you can build up your confidence while shooting in public.

Another exercise calls for you to photograph people going about their work.  That’s what I’ve done in this series of photos.  Not only does this make for interesting shots, working people tend to be occupied going about their work and therefore they generally do not pay attention to you.   One word of caution.  Be careful when photographing police or military in some countries as levels of paranoia post 9/11 has created a bit of suspicion.

All photos taken in Hong Kong with a Nikon D700 and either a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom or Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Unloading beer

Unloading beer

Preoccupied to notice

Too preoccupied to notice

Three phones on the dash

Three phones on the dash

Ignored except by me

Ignored except by me

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October 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Nikon D700 with the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro in Hong Kong

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Ballet on scaffolding

Ballet on scaffolding

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time researching a macro lens that could do double duty as a medium length telephone.  I looked at many lenses including the Nikkor “micros”.   I finally decided to check out the Sigma 150mm.   I read a couple of reviews on the web that extolled that brilliance of the Sigma,  mainly revolving around its ability to capture a razor sharp image.  Yesterday I bought the lens at Man Shing Cameras in Mongkok, Hong Kong.  After playing with it for one day, it’s performance has surpassed my expectations.  One of my favorite lens is the Nikkor 135mm DC f/2 lens and this Sigma outperforms the Nikkor from f/2.8.  And the soft bokeh lacks some of the harshness of the 135mm.

These photos demonstrate the capabilities of the lens as a telephoto.  And I haven’t even begun to talk about its macro performance.  But that’s a story for another day.

These photos were taken with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Sweating it out

Sweating it out

Man Shing Cameras salesman

Man Shing Cameras salesman

Girl talk

Girl talk

The cat

The cat

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August 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Street fashions in Hong Kong

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Young and old

Young and old

Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant places in Asia for street fashions.  While not exactly cutting edge like Tokyo, it has a certain look all its own.  It’s the combination of elegance and street sense that make it a standout city.  These photographs were taken over a span of four days last month in a couple of the more street fashion conscious areas in Hong Kong, Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mongkok and Causeway Bay.

Photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens.

Waiting for a sms

Waiting for a sms

Another woman, another phone

Another girl, another phone

Shopper walking to MTR

Shopper walking to MTR

Walking away

Walking away

Two right, one left

Two right, one left

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August 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Hennessey Road in Hong Kong fashion shoot – part 2

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Spotted from across the street.

Spotted from across the street.

Last month I posted photos of this same series. Well I happened to have more as you can see.  It was quite a treat to see this shoot unfolding before my eyes.

Photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens.

Another bus

Another bus

Profile

Profile

Looking down

Looking down

Look at the camera

Look at the camera

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August 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm