"sea of people"

Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 8 February 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Russell Street / Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

PS. Well, you might not have seen too many crowded, hustling and bustling urban scenes from me; but I really don't always try to avoid the crowds especially during festive days like Chinese New Year... Here're a few pics.

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...

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I really like this composition a lot! The motion of the people and the tall buildings in the background just add to the feel of how huge your city is. Excellent!

8 Feb 2009 5:31am

k@ from Paris, France

What a great buzz under Nicole's eyes ! They all seem to rush on you ! (you are a star too, that's why !)
Great sea, indeed*

8 Feb 2009 10:21am

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

It had crossed my mind how you managed to capture one of the most populous cities without crowds - I just assumed you went out after midnight!
Tell me Hugo, does this new camera allow you to use the extra DR option in A or Manual mode? Or are these shots in Auto/EXR mode? (I only ask as the DR in your pics with this camera really is showing).

8 Feb 2009 11:28am

@IanSmith: Yes, the one thing that the new cam impresses most is its DR... and the extra DR option is also available in all Program, Aperture and Manual Mode as long as the image size is limited at 6 million pixels or below.

Beat from Switzerland

perfect how you captured this "rush hour" scene

8 Feb 2009 3:19pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Lol :))
Hugo, just when say that I like the solitary faces of your city, you show us the other side of the moon: a crowded HK in a beautiful panoramic. I also like very much this one. Bravo.

8 Feb 2009 6:47pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I have seen the characteristics of your FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR and it looks very interesting. And 14 mb.!!

8 Feb 2009 6:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a beautiful scene. I like all those lively people and the fine colors.

8 Feb 2009 7:28pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Heavens, Hugo - so much wonderful and fascinating detail holding my attention in this one. The 'crowd' is compelling in so many ways. A great capture.

8 Feb 2009 7:31pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

You are getting some really great images with the new camera Hugo!

8 Feb 2009 9:05pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

This is nice. My favorite part is the woman in the billboard above who seems to float in serenity above all the crowds. This makes a nice contrast in the image.

8 Feb 2009 10:19pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

great shot, really can sense the movement and bustle

9 Feb 2009 2:01am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice capture of the movement of the crowd and beautiful night-atmosphere !

9 Feb 2009 1:17pm

Bram from Singapore

Great shot! It seems that Fuji F200EXR has solved the CA / Purple Fringing (PF) problem found in previous Fuji F series :) Usually we would see PF around the lamps. Did you remove the PF in photoshop or is it true that the Fuji F200EXR no longer suffers from excessive CA/ PF?

13 Feb 2009 3:36am

@Bram: Thanks Bram! You're exactly right: the new Fuji does not suffer from the infamous PF issue any more. Saves me lot of time and trouble to remove all these distracting PF in PP.:-)

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR
1/15 second
ISO 100
7 mm


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