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queen's road west & a night rider...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 14 April 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Strolling along this old familiar road at late hour (when I could only see things vaguely) made me feel like going back to where I was in the 70's... Just as I was indulging myself in this dream of the good old days, a young expatriate riding a modern bicycle brought me back to the present...:-)

The Larger version:

Queen's Road West, Hong Kong

PS. You can still see the wall / slope of yesterday's pic in the background... 'Queen's Road is the first road in Hong Kong built by the Government of Hong Kong between 1841 and 1843, spanning across Victoria City from Shek Tong Tsui to Wan Chai...' Wikipedia

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/45 second F/3.2 ISO 1600 53 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...

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good night time shot

14 Apr 2010 5:06am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the mood of this picture, quiet night life in this zone :)

14 Apr 2010 5:45am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh, yes, i can see the wall & stone bannister in the background and this new angle allows us to see the scene in another way, cool. Plus we're back to the tones that are those i met you with on Am3, Hugo's night special hues ! I'll never forget the man crossing & pushing his trolley in those muted yellowish brown-gray tones, i still think about it. I like the man on his bike riding in your direction and the 3 fellows crossing in his, the other leaving. Not a lot of people around but all connected in the silence of this old stuffed with memories street...

14 Apr 2010 6:44am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

perfect night shot, beautiful composition and tones

14 Apr 2010 7:24am

Vince from Australia

This shot makes me miss HK so much. We used to live just around the corner and I also took bus 5/5C/5B home. My youngest was born in Tsan Yuk hospital, just a lift ride away from the top of that granite wall.

14 Apr 2010 9:54am

@Vince: Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your warm words! Here's the "hospital" today which doesn't seem to have changed too much: My best regards to you and yours!:-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent street night scene! Beautiful composition!

14 Apr 2010 11:45am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful night shot and yes i see the part where the previous post was, seeing your shots of HK bring back lovely memories of the 8 weeks I stayed there

14 Apr 2010 1:09pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

As usual Hugo, you have captured a magical time on these streets in the night...I love the tones and mood...Lovely work buddy:)

14 Apr 2010 2:19pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

a fantastic composition :)

14 Apr 2010 3:15pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Again - there is a cinematic quality about this scene, Hugo. I think it is the quality of the lighting. A Hong Kong version of West Side Story? Excellent!

14 Apr 2010 4:49pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

You captured the night mood of this quiet street very well.

14 Apr 2010 5:20pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

lovely gritty street scene :)

14 Apr 2010 6:36pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

the things change but not our memories ! great capture and atmosphere !

14 Apr 2010 6:37pm

António Pires from Portugal

You are a master of night photography. Very good colour.

14 Apr 2010 8:27pm

elena from torino, Italy

fantastic atmosphere!

14 Apr 2010 10:05pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Great atmosphere... looks like a frame out of a movie !

14 Apr 2010 11:58pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Another great street scene.

15 Apr 2010 12:47am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Perhaps he was looking for his past...or chicks. best...jerry

15 Apr 2010 1:51am

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

Thru' this wonderful perspective, we can see this old street clearly. Excellent work as always, Hugo!

15 Apr 2010 9:27am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Yes, I can see yesterday's wall. Thanks for pointing it out. This is such a beautiful night shot. Superb lighting and tones. I like the almost empty street - it probably doesn't look like this at all during the daytime ;)

15 Apr 2010 9:49am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

beautiful colours and sense of mood as always Hugo!

15 Apr 2010 12:36pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

As always, your night shots have such a serenity and depth to them.

16 Apr 2010 6:05am

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

great picture, big atmo

ai to heiwa

16 Apr 2010 8:30am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A spectacular shot of the rider on the quiet, but certainly not deserted, street.

16 Apr 2010 4:46pm

1/45 second
ISO 1600
53 mm (35mm equiv.)