People of Sheung Wan: The Collection

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Sheung Wan

I’d been frustrated about how I should be displaying my photos of the area I often visit. I think it’s best to have them kept as a collection for a longer period of time. This series is exactly what I’m doing. I have the photos kept in my library for over a month (from April til June) and selected the better ones out. I think there’s much to work on still. But I guess I’d done an okay job shooting photos of the district I pass by almost daily (consider the time of my shooting were always at night – not much going on in the area) ,while there’s still a common theme – The district of Sheung Wan.

Dry cured fish

I think in the future I’d do more of these. To let my photos age in my library, like cellaring wines!! I’d still post photos maybe at least twice a week. I’ll find some other stuff to post here..do not worry. I just want this age+selection process to improve my photography over time. Selecting the better ones would improve the overall quality anyway. Is this a transformation to a long term project? I do not know. But it’d save me bunch of time daily thinking about what to post about.

Seafood stock distribution
Dried Seafood stock distribution

I think this series maybe a bit too many but considering  how many photos I’ve taken for over a month. Treat it as a farewell to weekly short posts.

Sheung Wan

In fact, I just revamped my Tumblr blog. I’m making it ‘a photo a day’ sort of thing. For the time being, photos are basically reblogging from my Flickr/Wordpress. I’ll see how this is going. I’m digging the large format photos being displayed with that Tumblr theme. Really hope I could catch more audience in that community. As much as I love WordPress, I’d have my blogs go parallel. I sounded like I’m making lots of changes. But they were done to help my photography grow!

Lady
Lady

Dried Abalone
Dried Abalone

Worker checking at a construction
Worker checking at a construction

Crying kid
Crying kid

Monk
Monk

Workers paving for future (MTR)
Workers paving for future (MTR)

Dog
Dog

Reading Newspaper
Reading Newspaper

Cigarette smoking man
Cigarette smoking man

Traffic Safety Inspector
Traffic Safety Inspector

Police directing traffic due to a leaking fire hydrant
Police directing traffic due to a leaking fire hydrant

Leaking
Leaking

Dog Teeth
Dog Teeth

Study for video game
Study for video game

Drunk
Drunk

Hello?
Hello?

After work
After work

Man on the street
Man on the street

Burning hell money
Burning hell money

These are the characters of the district. I hope I can try a slightly different approach a little at a time. Just so you know, Sheung Wan is the district I work at. It’s also my arcade for testing approaches, techniques, camera settings. Lots of trial and error happened here and I learned from it. The area is usually not too crowded, it’s also a great place to test out my guts and stealthiness..

Thanks and have a great weekend!~ Peace.

Guide to Ricoh GRD IV – Hi Contrast Black & White

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Another round of Photographer Digest (my first & previous one was about Zone Focusing). This is my second one with a bit more samples. So, Here it is!

I normally shoot with the plain black and white filter. Usually I got nice results from time to time depends on the mood. Tonight I forced myself to try with the hi-contrast black and white filter. It’s got a very coarse grainy film like effect.

I came up with a few thoughts after shooting with this filter tonight. To be fair I had not taken any good shots and basically all of them go in to my trash bin. It’s always good to see realize my own failure and correct it on the next shoot.

It’s extremely difficult to get a good shot with the right ‘CONTRAST’ given I set my exposure to -0.3EV the whole time (at night). It’s challenging to have any contrast when the environment hardly had any light on. It’s not ideal to use this filter in dark places. The high ISO will make your photo even worse.

Right before I go to bed, I played with my Ricoh’s exposure. I wondered why the filter is  always making my photos so damn dark. I bumped up the exposure value to give it a shot. Surprise! I got myself a hi-fi black and white photo that retain most of the details I want. Speaking of enlightenment.

With the Hi-Contrast Black & White filter, exposure control is your stick shifter.

When it’s dim, bump up the exposure value marginally – so as the ISO (as you’re going to get a slower shutter speed). When it’s bright, tune down your exposure value to get more details off the shadows and such.

-0.3 EV
+1 EV
-0.7 EV
+0.7 EV
0 EV
+0.7 EV

As you see the samples i’ve taken, the exposure requires changing, even the lighting it’s pretty much control indoor. We can’t just stick with the 0 or -0.3 EV the whole time like how we do everyday. And at last I’ll show you a hi-fi black & white of myself by bumping up the EV to 1.7. I’m backlighted in the mirror. It’s perfectly normal to set the EV above 0.

0 EV
+1.7 EV (i like posing with a camera :P)

I know this is not an orthodox method of producing images in the standard photography world. But this is how I get the best result out of the Ricoh image filter. See for yourself!

Any other thoughts you would like to share are welcome 🙂


P.S. I’m putting up a Tumblr blog titled: Alan P. in Hong Kong. It can be accessed from my header link all the way at the top. It’s basically a supplement of this blog with odd/offbeat/blurred/random street encounters in images; not necessarily street photography per se, as some are not qualified to be. Go follow me if you’re using the Tumblr platform too.