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the "portland signs"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 8 June 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Hotels, night clubs, karaoke, pharmacy, pawn shops, tailor... A glimpse of Mongkok (i)

Another angle to view these chaotic and dizzying signs - here.

One late Afternoon, Portland Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Mongkok, in Chinese, means the "busy and prosperous corner". 'It's characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings and according to Guinness World Records, Mong Kok has the highest population density in the world (130,000 per km2).' Wikipedia

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/56 second F/5.6 ISO 800 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...

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Undoubtedly Hong Kong.

8 Jun 2012 5:37am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

You choose an interesting angle.
There is no way for escaping from all these signals.

8 Jun 2012 6:09am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The tilt is an excellent way to present such a wonderful and eye candy colorful scene. The white balance is fantastic. A pleasure to behold.

8 Jun 2012 7:46am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

An interesting angle! Excellent street shot! Beautiful colors! Have a nice weekend Hugo!

8 Jun 2012 8:03am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

No wonder power companies grow rich . .

8 Jun 2012 8:22am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

When I'm in front of all these street signs, I always wonder if we see them really! Finally, it provides an array of colors that we no longer distinguish the real function, but it becomes bright decor!

8 Jun 2012 8:37am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I love the vibrant colours which reflect the vibrancy of the life there. It looks better with this tilt and compact composition when compared against the other linked view.

8 Jun 2012 9:10am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great street shot, colors are vibrant for sure

8 Jun 2012 10:29am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much all the colors of the night in the city, have a good WE, Hugo.

8 Jun 2012 11:16am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I love Mongkok - it's truly a spectacle at night. This brings back so many memories of the bustle, the smells, and the taste of some great food. Have a good one!

8 Jun 2012 12:12pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Superb lights and composition, as always..!! Particularly for this scene, I feel dizzy when seeing all the neon up here, trying to imagine if all the neon turning off, i can only see a grey, old building...this is to some extents a bluffing part of the city life...

8 Jun 2012 1:49pm

karetnikov from Firenze, Italy

A face of HK, to which you have introduced most of us in years past, which never bores me. That's probably why, when visiting HK, I looked for entirely different views (like those in the Bank of China Tower I posted recently here). Too many "Hugo's shots" in my viewfinder!

8 Jun 2012 4:14pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great mood Hugo !

8 Jun 2012 4:34pm

k@ from Paris, France

A jungle of ads & lights & colors for sure, and your luminous trees are tall with their bullbed foliages. Our world vibrate with such a great variety ! Have a very good end of week, dear.

8 Jun 2012 6:02pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Cracking shot, love the lights

8 Jun 2012 9:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


9 Jun 2012 1:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An amazing and beautiful photo, Hugo. I enjoy the time I've spent in that area. Hong Kong is a city I find endlessly fascinating.

9 Jun 2012 2:33am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

J'aime beaucoup celle-ci, en diagonale, avec les gens qui s'affairent en bas de ton Vie !

9 Jun 2012 5:39am

Universe from Tehran, Iran

An exellent shot ! Have a lovely & colorful day !!!

9 Jun 2012 6:55am

L¨M from bras sur meuse, France

Dépaysant...le spectacle est aussi au dessus des têtes...très jolie photo

9 Jun 2012 8:42am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

So much energy and colors !

9 Jun 2012 9:52am

lutea from madrid, Spain

amazing picture, colours jungle

9 Jun 2012 3:22pm

elena from turin, Italy

great eye, as usual hugo!

9 Jun 2012 10:34pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Love the activity here and the vivid neon, but I am absolutely transfixed by all those rods affixed to the walls of the buildings. A fascinating place !! :-)

10 Jun 2012 6:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Your angle and vertical framing are excellent, Hugo. With so many bright lights and vivid colours, you capture superb clarity as well.

10 Jun 2012 1:24pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A fantastic creative shot Hugo, I think I would be hopelessly lost there :0

10 Jun 2012 10:29pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful capture of street lights! Nice framing!

11 Jun 2012 9:27am

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

a beautiful image :)

11 Jun 2012 9:57am

1/56 second
ISO 800
53 mm (35mm equiv.)