Traveling to a new district or even just a location you do not pass by daily allows us to pay more attention to the surroundings. Lately I’d been stuck in the few districts doing my shoot. It’s near by my workplace and home. I got lazy.
This weekend It was simply wasted. I worked OT on saturday without paid or compensation. And Sunday I supposed to go to cemetery with my family, it rained and got canceled. Thanks to the rain really. I was literally dragging myself home on saturday. I slept in..no..I slept almost half the day to rest. That’s how tired I was. I did go out to shoot photos for two hours though. Photography keeps me moving!
So about this series. I visited Jordan in Kowloon prior to work. I found the area near the Nathan Road to be a great location to explore. There’re so many streets and people are hanging out there most of the time. I’ll just put it this way, there’re more things going on here than the districts I usually travel to for photography.
My gear with me that day was just my GRD due to the weight I’m already carrying to work. I’m trying to get back to my X100 lately. I’ll shoot some with it during weekdays. I’m so fascinated with Andreas Herzau’s shooting style. I’m not sure what gear he’s using. I’m guessing a Leica M film rangefinder and a 30-35mm lens. I really don’t care about what equipment he’s using. His expressive focus method motivated me to use my X100 to learn from him. It’s not easy at all. I have no idea how he accurately focus on his subject (usually at the back) while the entire scene is moving (especially the foreground subjects are too). He often found the gaps and angles to get his shot done. He’s not using small aperture in his work. My rough guess is that, he should be using between f3.0-5.0 in his photos. They’re very visual appealing. I want to see his other works from books. I’m planning to order all his books on Amazon once I got my pay cheque of this month.
Exploration is far greater than repeat visitation. There’s still much to see and explore by me in the city. I just have to constantly look for it.
The Jade Market is one new spot that I have only seen on TV.
Minorities are gathering along the Nathan Road. Seeing different ethnic communities in Hong Kong makes me feel like i’m at an actual international city. There’s one thing for sure, I love their food..
I could tell I’m far more selective during my photo shoot. That’s a good thing isn’t it!