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"evening & brightness"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 19 February 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Nothing creative, nothing particularly meaningful, nothing asthetically superb either... Yet, I keep photographing these neon signs just because I am drawn to this strange brightness of the evening.

Better view the LARGER version:

Portland Street, Mongkok Street, Hong Kong

"6 nights & 6 days with the X100" This is a series of urban landscapes of Hong Kong taken with a sample Fujifilm X100 between 12 and 18 February 2011. As always, no pixel peeping, no professional tests, no detailed comparison... just trying to see how this new machine could help me portray the streets and landscapes of my city. Well it has amazed me.:-)

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/30 second F/4.0 ISO 640 23 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...

Dave from Hua Hin, Thailand

Excellent. Great shot and clarity is spot on.

19 Feb 2011 3:26pm

Danny from Hong Kong


Both lens and DR of x-100 are excellent. Beautiful images in your pbase gallery.

19 Feb 2011 4:02pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

So much electricity !!!!

19 Feb 2011 4:09pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden


19 Feb 2011 4:23pm

Danny from Hong Kong

Hi Hugo,

Engineering sample X-100?

Wish I can afford a X-100. Spent too much money in buying film cameras and lenses already.

Busy playing with a Fujifilm DL Super Mini Zoom (a second hand bargain) and my friend just gave me a Ricoh GR1s, another classic camera.

19 Feb 2011 4:31pm

Peter from San Francisco, United States

Hugo, can you fit more nightclubs and love hotels in a single picture? How do you get your hands on the X100?

19 Feb 2011 6:22pm

@Peter: Nightclubs, love hotels... and tailor, and pawn shops!:-) It's a sample pre-production copy that HK Fuji let me play with - they know I'm a crazy guy shooting everything on the street! LOL.:-)))

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

This "nightscape" is very characteristic of Hong Kong, isn't it?

19 Feb 2011 9:15pm

Elena from Turin, Italy

why did you say this picture is not creative? I find it vey interesting and you've been able to capture a fantastic play of light and colors. have a nice we hugo!

20 Feb 2011 12:37am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I have said, on more than one occasion, that the markets are one of my favorite things about Hong Kong. The wonderful lights, at night, are another of my favorite things. I think you've done an excellent job capturing these lights.

20 Feb 2011 2:14am

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good capture, enjoy your new toy Hugo...

20 Feb 2011 2:56am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Lights of the downtown! Good one, my friend!

20 Feb 2011 7:23am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

The exposure is well controlled within these bright lights, a good colourful shot Hugo.

20 Feb 2011 7:40am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very different atmosphere from previous one... :-)
Bright & colorful, HK as i remember it !!

20 Feb 2011 7:59am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I can see how you'd be drawn to this plethora of signs.
Fabulous bight light with a weird edge to it. Superb !!

20 Feb 2011 8:26am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great great shot ! Lights are so perfect !! Bravo !

20 Feb 2011 8:52am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very nice night shot

20 Feb 2011 9:03am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I guess the most prosperous business has been in signage !

20 Feb 2011 10:27am

Yvon from Orleans, France

great street capture at night

20 Feb 2011 10:33am

rem_la from Villiers, France

j'aime ces couleurs de la nuit !

20 Feb 2011 11:45am

Ben from Iceland

The exif says iso 640, but I thought this camera only had full stops. Could it be that it's actually at 6400?

20 Feb 2011 2:24pm

@Ben: Definitely iso 640 - the camera is capable of doing this when "auto ISO mode" is selected. Thanks for asking.

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China


20 Feb 2011 2:24pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I missed this one yesterday Hugo - and how exciting! The X100!!!
I had a look at your PBase gallery also - and from what I can see this camera is a little gem. The detail, DR and colours look great. But the machine itself must make you feel like a better photographer already :-)
Have fun my friend!

20 Feb 2011 4:40pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I don't know what it is about your night street photos but I find all of them to be compelling beyond words. It would seem you have your finger on the pulse of the city, especially during the night.

21 Feb 2011 1:29am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

This is lovely - the variety of night lights - the capture is truly colorful - the X00 looks like a master!

22 Feb 2011 2:25pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

The detail you are grabbing in the shadows absolutely astounds me. It's like a camera with built in HDR ;) This is a wonderfully lighted shot.

23 Feb 2011 4:53pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Cracking good exposure, just noticed that this little Fujifilm camera will be available in the UK for whopping £1000!!

23 Feb 2011 7:17pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight colors

24 Feb 2011 7:14pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Hey you got a color spotlight on this.. knew it would win one its a fantastic shot.

24 Feb 2011 9:30pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . AND Congrats on the Color Spotlight with this delight ! Well done, my friend !

24 Feb 2011 11:30pm

marci from in, Morocco

wow, fabulous lights! congrats on the spotlight color!

24 Feb 2011 11:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!

26 Feb 2011 5:41am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the "Spotlight Color". Good day.

26 Feb 2011 8:15am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

bravo pour le spotlight colors, c'est trés mérité!

26 Feb 2011 4:08pm

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1/30 second
ISO 640
23 mm