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a 100 year old house... (ii)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 15 June 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The lady owner's companion...

Quite a mischievous fellow - had been overseeing us the moment we walked up the stairs, and started "teasing" our lovely estate agent by making sudden attacks at her leg!!! And smartly, all these were done in the dark... After a few rounds, we'd just got used to the screams of our friend followed by bursts of laughters, and carried on with our inspection of the house.:-) How I wished my camera could give me a usable ISO12800 to capture these moments... (PS. I was lucky to have got this low light shot: handheld @ 1/4s ISO1600!)

Hefei Road, Shanghai

From my recent business trip to Shanghai in May.

FUJIFILM FinePix F200EXR 10/43 second F/3.3 ISO 1600 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...

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a good shot at this ISO, Hugo, the cat is well illuminated and puts the spot of life in this old building :)

15 Jun 2010 5:55am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

The guardian of time

15 Jun 2010 7:40am

k@ from Paris, France

He protected the Lady and the spirit of the House, didn't want the estate agent to interfere in their Kingdom, he is the spirit of the place... Superb light and i'm surprised there no noise at 1600, you did a great job here (again) with this side-story i enjoy a lot the metaphor.

15 Jun 2010 7:47am

@k@: Thank you for (again) reading into these snapshots of mine! This is such wonderful encouragement!:-)

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I think you did a fine job (as always) with your high ISO shot Hugo. I love the lighting and isolated colours!

15 Jun 2010 9:01am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

every times you add in your picture a little detail with life, color, ...

15 Jun 2010 11:30am

@Bruno: Oh, that's exactly the little secret I've got!:-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Another startling shot. You worked quickly in difficult circumstances, which is impressive.

15 Jun 2010 12:13pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

just sensational :)

15 Jun 2010 1:25pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

j'adore, très belle composition.

15 Jun 2010 1:49pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

your high iso shots are always fantastic Hugo....not just technically but the mood of the night is always so well caught too!

15 Jun 2010 3:58pm

@Ian Bramham: Thank you my friend but the little camera really deserves much credit! I must also add that it was actually taken around 2:00 pm, but inside the house it seemed darker than the darkest hour of the night!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a gorgeous photo. The frisky cat really puts some much needed color in this gray place. I'm sure his antics make the old house much more lively, too.

15 Jun 2010 4:20pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine


15 Jun 2010 4:30pm

Olivier from Belgium


15 Jun 2010 5:58pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Master of light! This is so beautiful just as you shot it! I just love what you do with the night.

15 Jun 2010 6:00pm

Frida from Sweden

Love the light! Typical for a cat to balance between safety and danger :-)

15 Jun 2010 8:25pm

elena from turin, Italy

you take a great picture, it is perfct!

15 Jun 2010 8:31pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

This is amazing. Unbelievable. Five stars!

15 Jun 2010 10:25pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

The lighting is once again brilliant! It adds to the mood. Great textures and comp as well
5 stars

15 Jun 2010 11:35pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Mischievous indeed, it appears to be plotting it's next attack.

16 Jun 2010 1:37am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Magic!...great textures and great subject.

16 Jun 2010 3:03am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

So sweet and beautiful...a lovely image of this young, delicate animal in contrast to this old crumbling another level this place is only fit to be inhabited by cats and other nocturnal creatures...A timeless, brilliant image that deserves to be put up on a wall:)

16 Jun 2010 6:47am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Le gardien du temple ... En 9 vies, il en a vu passer des choses !!!
Great shot !

16 Jun 2010 9:39am

alex centrella from California, United States


16 Jun 2010 2:11pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

(PS. <snip> handheld @ 1/4s ISO1600!)

...oh the steady hand of youth !!! best...jerry

16 Jun 2010 4:27pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

sweet composition ! beautiful textures of this old house, soft colors, beautiful light ! love it !

16 Jun 2010 6:04pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

nice capture !!!!

16 Jun 2010 7:31pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Greatly captured and treated

16 Jun 2010 11:27pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love this!
There is a sadness here though, the cat being so small against the weathered wall and window frame. Beautiful shot!

19 Jun 2010 1:47pm

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Fantastic light Hugo. Beautiful composition!

22 Jul 2010 9:03am

10/43 second
ISO 1600
7 mm