Hong Kong Lucida

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Analysis Paralysis

Street photography can be an obsessive endeavour…

One day, I was walking around and I saw this.

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And I did another take just in case.

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And I went, oops, oops, there’s a bit of condensation on the lens.

Hence the slight foggy effect.

And again, after wiping the lens.

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Hmm … the left leg is slightly out of frame.

And again, after zooming out with my feet …

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Better, I think.

Check out the stark clarity of the pavement.

Hmm … that’s a Minolta Af-C camera loaded with Neopan 400CN.

Let’s see what my Contax TVS camera loaded with Venus 800 would look like.

Here we go again, after I’ve rummaged through my bag for a bit.

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And again.

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One last time, I promise.

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The image reminds me of a line I wrote in a poem: “It takes ten years to cultivate a tree, a century for a human being”.

It’s from a Chinese proverb “shi2 nian2 shu4 mu4, bai3 nian2 shu4 ren2”.

The things we do in the name of art …


21 comments on “Analysis Paralysis

  1. jarch21
    June 7, 2014

    I often click the shutter and wonder if I got the moment or click once/twice/three times as I think a person that passed by may have blocked the shot. The editing process is something I am yet to master. A very honest take on the art. Thank you for sharing.

    • eddietay
      June 7, 2014

      Thanks for the comment. Sometimes I think street photography is like life. You make certain decisions and hope you have gotten it right. Sometimes we hesitate and second guess ourselves.

      • Keith Goldstein
        July 1, 2014

        In street photography I find – never hesitate, first decision is usually the best. Most times there are no decisions or second chances….

      • eddietay
        July 1, 2014

        Absolutely! First sight, best sight.

  2. [Gm]
    June 22, 2014

    I can imagine doing the same thing with digital; but with film? I guess this is why I don’t shoot film (regularly). I’m just too stingy to “work the scene” when shooting with film.

  3. Hi, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post.
    It was practical. Keep on posting!

  4. marjaosh
    July 2, 2014

    I love the black ones as a series, it’s nice flipping through them, back and forth.
    And the second Contax one is great.

  5. dougstuber
    July 5, 2014

    +Your the man. Most of my BLog is poetry too so thanks for liking the magazine article. Son Bong Chae shows in Hong Kong all the time and will be back for the big Art Fair in September I think it is. Great work sir.

  6. Grand Central Terminal
    July 5, 2014

    I like this…and thanks!

  7. conradbo
    July 6, 2014

    Awesome and Supercool ++++

  8. Javier Molina
    July 11, 2014

    To control the runaway colt of obsession is sure a difficult task…
    Every shot has a character of its own.

  9. heytherechick
    July 12, 2014

    Ummm, actually liked the first one – best shot of the guy to the left.

    • eddietay
      July 12, 2014

      Thanks! I honestly can’t decide which one I prefer…

  10. elmediat
    July 12, 2014

    Great series of images. The b&W have a Cinéma vérité quality about them. 😉
    No one say that your approach to the challenge of getting the shot was not well-grounded. ;D

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