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"full moon and..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 9 July 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

... a corner house in Hunghom

Ma Tau Wai Road, Hong Kong

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I recall seeing this kind of low-rise tenement houses everywhere when I was a child, but they have been vanishing at an astounding pace and become so rare that I'll always be captivated when I see one now... A few more "corner house" shots to come. Stay tuned if you're interested.:-)

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/15 second F/5.6 ISO 125 23 mm (35mm equiv.)

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A wonderfully crisp night scene with super moon. One can almost hear the city din and smell the food in the shops!

9 Jul 2008 5:39am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks alot Michael!!! I really wish I could do this shot better - raise it above the "snap shot of what I saw" level... anyway, the pic came out quite O.K. technically, better than I expected.:-)

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

I like this moment of the day,
it's been a while I went out during the blue-hour it's a rainy periode in the Netherland rightnow

9 Jul 2008 6:28am

@Pouhou: But I enjoyed your "stormy weather" shot much!;-)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

love this 'middle of the crossing' angle -- the viewer's eye can travel to the left or the right down either street... the massive 'bluffs' of apartment living squarely centering the eye on the detail in the lower middle of the photo where all the action is taking place... but then the finer details such as the many antennas top left and the 'crushed' moon top right add character while helping to maintain the composition balance. bravo!

9 Jul 2008 10:22am

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you so much for the wonderfully encouraging words!!! Every time I view this pic I'll sigh,"I should have waited for something or someone to pass by in the foreground that could heighten the mood..."

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Hugo... Great DR and lighting in this shot.

Another one to add to your collections of 'old' HK to tell your grandkids about :o)

9 Jul 2008 12:40pm

@IanSmith: Yes, technically this is quite satisfying... Hope you'll enjoy the next pic. I love that even more despite its technical imperfections...

PS. To document the old and vanishing part of HK has always been one strong drive behind my shooting.:-)

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

I am interested :-) Nice work with perfect exposition. The perspective and angle is perfect, too.

9 Jul 2008 1:26pm

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks alot for the nice compliments! You've made me a happy man by letting me know you're interested!:-)

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Absoultely deilghtful colours and mood in this lovely photo Hugo

9 Jul 2008 3:47pm

@Ian Bramham: So gratifying that this pic holds appeal to you! Thank you my friend!:-)

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Excellent photograph showing this older part of town. The pov is a good choice, and the lighting is superb.

Yes, I would like to see more of this series.

9 Jul 2008 5:56pm

@Observing: Thanks alot for the kind comments!!! Catch you later!:-)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

ok -- yes i agree -- i ideally do love to have something 'concrete' in the foreground to play on all three levels (front - middle - back) but having said that, it isn't always possible nor necessary. so though i do agree with you, i didn't find myself 'missing' anything here when i viewed this. excellent work!

9 Jul 2008 7:03pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks again for the warm support!!!:-)

I'm a little greedy, ain't I? Anyhow, I do love this scene and was drawn to it... the old tenement (and the memories it brought), the street life, the lighting, the moon... I could have done better if I wasn't in a hurry. Maybe next time.:-)

Best regards,

Vink from Magagnosc, France

Excellent control of light ! Good work !

10 Jul 2008 6:06am

Kelela from Upland, United States

What a fabulous composition!

13 Jul 2008 4:26pm

1/15 second
ISO 125
23 mm (35mm equiv.)