Shamshuipo

Shamshuipo, as you can see, is my other haunt.

There’s enough bustle for street photographs.

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The colours can be interesting too. The red and green combo is nice.

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He didn’t even notice me.

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In contemplation.

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I was testing out a generic rectangular lens hood on my lens to make sure there wasn’t any vignetting.

This is one of two flea market stalls selling film cameras.

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It’s a low volume high flow business. The offerings change every week.

Occasionally, you could see a few Leicas. I saw an X Pro 1 here once…

Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: SMC Takumar 35mm f 3.5

Zone Focusing with the Leica M6

Given an ISO 400 film, if the light is good, I’d simply set the aperture to f/16 and shutter to between 1/60, 1/125, or 1/250 depending on whether I’m in the shade.

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The f/16 aperture would allow for a broad depth of field, which allows me to zone focus with a wide latitude.

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The whole procedure sounds complicated, but it’s for me the mid-point between going fully auto with a point and shoot camera, and going fully manual and getting all finicky and missing the moment.

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It allows me to work intuitively and be disciplined at the same time – that’s the flow state I look for, whether I’m teaching, writing or on the streets with my camera.

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I’m at Wu Kai Sha beach – yet again.

All images are from the same roll of film, all taken within an hour or so.

I like the word “take”. To take a photograph is to take something from the world you see.

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There’s a contemplative and leisurely mood here I’d like to immerse myself in.

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It’s nice to see people relax and do nothing in particular.

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Like a frame with nothing at the centre, because the image is the frame.

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My favourite street photography trick is to start whistling – people will look at me for a bit while my camera is pointing elsewhere and then ignore me after that.

They’ll think I’m a normal person… though the guy above wasn’t quite convinced…

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At other times, they’re too involved with their own thing to notice.

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I’d like to think that every photograph I take is an image of myself.

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Sometimes there’s no need for explanations – it just is.

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It’s a way of life – this awesome village house faces the beach.

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We all have our journeys to make.

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I wish I understand jogging.

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I’m learning to look for patterns.

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Looking for moments of insight.

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We wait.

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We’re on the lookout.

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We look at ourselves.

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We think some more.

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Our pigeon thoughts will lead the way.

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The pigeons are lining up in my mind.

Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Summicron Type II 50mm

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamshuipo: Monochrome High Contrast

Again at Sham Shui Po.

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Life follows function.

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The buildings are useful for nostalgia.

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Though they’re still here.

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Bodies crammed between buildings.

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A selection of goods.

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At the butcher’s.

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Chinese foodstuff.

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Frenetic energy.

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Bustle.

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Check out the lap cheong (Chinese dried sausages)!

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Yummy.

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A window reflects.

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Work in progress.

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Still building.

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Renewal and construction.

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A tree trunk is tamed.

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Shroud on building.

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A conference.

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A building pushes.

 

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: SMC Takumar 35mm f 3.5

Fare Well Occupy Central

All images were taken with one camera on a single roll of film on the same day.

Fare well, Occupy Central.

At Causeway Bay.

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Freedom under watch.

 

At Admiralty.

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Merry Christmas Occupy Central

An early Christmas for Occupy Central at Causeway Bay.

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Fare well.

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People are packing.

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Amidst Christmas sale.

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Installation with steel resolve.

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Imagine what might have been.

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Freedom under the eye of the clock.

 

At Admiralty.

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Unpoetic translation: even if there’s disappointment, one cannot lose hope.

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There’s a time to pack up.

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A time to plant fresh hope.

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A time to remember.

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Time to take stock.

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Sacrifice.

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Hope.

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Restrain.

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Hunger strike zone.

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Merry Christmas Occupy Central.

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The central government offices are overwritten with desire.

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Home is Hong Kong.

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A time to build up.

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A time to let go.

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A time for nostalgia.

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Merry Christmas Occupy Central.

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Fare well.

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Fare well.

 

Photos in previous posts have been featured in the following literary journal articles:”Whither Hong Kong?“, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: Four Poems” and “The Umbrellas and the Tear Gas“.

 

Camera: Canon 600D

Legacy Lens: SMC Takumar 35mm f 3.5

 

Life Follows Function

Here’s a mishmash of images of Singapore, significant to myself.

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Though the underlying theme here is about how we try to snatch something beautiful out of what is essentially functional.

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Form follows function in much of Singapore.

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Life, too, follows function: poetry is a luxury we cannot afford.

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There is one way only. The rest is barred.

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If you live with it long enough, it becomes beautiful.

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Draw the curtains.

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Poetry delayed is poetry denied.

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We are at the zoo.

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The helpful tram driver and a passenger.

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After the animal show – poetry is found after the event.

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Reflections in the MRT.

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The tree is obedient, bent in the wind.

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Perhaps something is poetry after all…

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35mm f 1.4 Nokton SC

Film: Ilford XP2

 

 

Singapore Zoo Monochrome

At the zoo in Singapore with my son.

We did a double photo combo, with my 10-year-old son holding the Canon 600D with a 40mm f 2.8 STM lens and I holding my Leica M6. I’ll post my photographs another day.

All photos here, except for the elephant shot, were by my son.

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On the way to the zoo, he found the water droplets at the back of a bus interesting.

He’s developing a good visual sense, I must say.

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Nice monkey.

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Nice erm … plant thingey.

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Looking up to see itself.

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Nice fishes.

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A very charming gentleman.

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Nice big mole.

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I waited for a while before everything came together in this shot.

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I told my son to wait till all the necks were parallel with one another.

Would have been better if they were between the trees in contrast with the background.

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A horse (pony?) sticking its neck out.

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Feed the goats!

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My son was fascinated by the polar bear show.

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It’s a powerful looking bear. We were told polar bears weigh only about 350 grams at birth.

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This is grace.

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Power.

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Determination.

 

When I grow up I want to be a polar bear.