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"lotus" (蓮)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 22 March 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

... Lin Heung Tea House, an old restaurant since 1926. (Lin Heung means the scent of lotus.)
A "lighter" image of the same scene:

Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

PS. Aberdeen Street is one of the earliest streets after the "colony of Hong Kong" was founded; it's named after George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (Wikipedia: a Scottish politician, successively a Tory, Conservative and Peelite, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1852 until 1855).

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 1/10 second F/3.3 ISO 400 7 mm

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...

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

I really enjoy the feel and look of this image.

22 Mar 2009 5:42am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Fabulous Hugo. I love how the light just kisses the steps. Amazing work.

22 Mar 2009 5:49am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

When you are at your best! best...jerry

22 Mar 2009 5:58am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Juste une petite zone éclairée, c'est bien vu

22 Mar 2009 7:19am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Very strong image, the subtlety of the foreground sets this up so well.

22 Mar 2009 7:55am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

So dramatic and loaded!

22 Mar 2009 8:11am

Francisco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great, Hugo. I'm glad to be back to see your pictures.
Thanks for your comments of the last days.

22 Mar 2009 8:32am

k@ from Paris, France

Love that dark scene out of which the character is succeeded to fly out ! Why "Lotus" ? Could you explain me your title, i'm not sure I understood. Have a sweet sunday*

22 Mar 2009 9:21am

@k@: Oh k@, "Lotus" is the meaning of that Chinese character - name of the tea House!:-) Have a sweeeet sunday too!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That is the kind of shot that I love. Dark. Mysterious.

22 Mar 2009 10:41am

Cat from PARIS, France

You re really good in catching atmosphere, I love this one very much

22 Mar 2009 11:45am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Prefer this image Hugo, very atmospheric, like a light at the end of a tunnel

22 Mar 2009 2:29pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb shot, wonderful composition, and I like how there is just tiny traces of light on the steps

22 Mar 2009 4:13pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love this composition and your work about lighting ! dark on the stairs and light above, where the life is. great mood !

22 Mar 2009 5:10pm

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

One of the best photo's I've seen in a while! Excellent framing, lighting and timing. The F200 really does shine in your hands Hugo. Well done.

22 Mar 2009 6:59pm

@IanSmith: How gratifying that this appeals to you too! I'm pleased that I was patient enough to wait for this man to appear and decisive enough to take the shot!:-) Have a great week my friend!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent scène de rue nocturne! Une lumière extra!

22 Mar 2009 8:12pm

JamesC from portland, United States

Like this shot

22 Mar 2009 8:21pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very good night scene.

22 Mar 2009 9:12pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

It's just lovely to see this unpretentious shot, the bright lights give a welcoming glow.

Do they serve the tea in a ceremony as in Japan ?

23 Mar 2009 12:14am

dik from McAllen, United States

Interesting how the eye is pulled up, then down. Mysterious.

23 Mar 2009 2:13am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

wow! wow! wow!
Five stars from me...this is amazing Hugo. Love the way the light illuminates the edge of every step. So filled with emotion and a touch of mystery.

23 Mar 2009 2:26am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Superb light Hugo. A truly exeptional night shot.

23 Mar 2009 4:39am

Momo from Montpellier, France

I really love this one Hugo...bravo...the man heading up into the night lit by stores and signs in the distance is just perfect...the perspective is beautiful...and the gentle touches of light and detail coming all the way down back at the viewer is also just lovely and beautiful...the cropping/frame is impeccable too...excellent Hugo...

24 Mar 2009 2:33pm

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Just awesome!

25 Mar 2009 1:37am

1/10 second
ISO 400
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