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"until the night..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 18 September 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Another long day but I was happy... cause time was mine again and I got a new cam to play with.:-)

21:22 pm, Cheung Kong Centre, Central, Hong Kong

PS. Having fun with the new Fujifilm X-E1

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/52 second F/1.8 ISO 640 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...

k@ from Paris, France

So here is the new tool ! Well, in your hands, whatever the tool, it's your style i find back everytime and that's great ;) I love the heavy structure that seems so light here upon the couple presence. And the fact they pass just in the circle of light as you click is the icing on the pic. Stairs on lower left part, lines & light above, work for a beautifully harmonious architecture of the image itself in this verticality evoking the new HK you document with such an equal quality. Clap-clap.

18 Sep 2012 5:27am

@k@: So glad that this night shot (of the footbridge leading to my office) appeals to you k@... and your words about my style mean alot to me! Thanks!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an incredible intensity this has . . the two lonely figures seem to be carrying their own pool of light with them . . perhaps we all do that in cities.

18 Sep 2012 5:35am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A capture relally beautiful. I like compo, light and details

18 Sep 2012 6:02am

Brat | RCA from Xiamen City, China

clear and well captured....and the framing is just perfect!

18 Sep 2012 6:08am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Incredibly good ! I love the mix of various tonalities, the feeling that the night lights are "naturally" rendered.
And your eye can be considered as the main argument for convincing us about the qualities of this new body.
This one seems very close to the X-Pro 1 in his specifications but smaller and maybe a better choice for a second camera, is that correct ?

18 Sep 2012 6:23am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you so much for the warm words my friend! Lighter, smaller yet equipped with the same superb sensor and an improved (2.36M dot) EVF, it appeals to me much! 99% it's gonna replace the X-Pro1 to be my "taking-everywhere-everyday" photo machine.:-)

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

WAOUH !!! You're still the master of the night !!!So beautiful !

18 Sep 2012 8:56am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

clever construction of picture Hugo ! excellent rendering of light and different colors at night, different structures, beautiful mood with the solitary couple captured in the spotlight !

18 Sep 2012 8:57am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great night shot! Excellent composition with this couple walking in the light!

18 Sep 2012 9:15am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

It was necessary to wait until she should pass into the light ...I am also impressed with the nuances of color, colorimetry very well done!

18 Sep 2012 9:19am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

What a virtuosity!

18 Sep 2012 9:19am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm guessing this is the wide open aperture of the kit zoom lens (18mm - 55mm), and how very well it renders the scene. Very very noise free and we have yet to see what you produce at even higher iso speeds. This new piece of kit whilst still having the retro styling may well appeal to a larger group of people happy with a decent electronic viewfinder and a compromised back screen, which will still get comparatively little use.
The picture is a tribute to your passion for the night and your patience in waiting, waiting just for that moment when the couple step into the night.
Perhaps I ought to pray to Santa Claus!

18 Sep 2012 9:31am

@Curly: Thanks so much Curly for the kind words! No, not the kit zoom - it's the same standard lens (35mm or 53mm 135 equiv) that I've been using since March.:-) The X-E1 actually uses the same sensor as the X-Pro1, and the same superb noise performance was noted just as expected (though to me, its images seem to be even slightly more refined.:-)).

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great compo and mood Hugo !

18 Sep 2012 10:22am

Arr D from Montreal, Canada

Coldness and warmth, it could be seen as the subject so it is well rendered. Or steel and glass by the night lights. This is a very modern architecture and very fun to work with.

18 Sep 2012 11:26am

@Arr D: Love how you're reading into this! Thank you so much! PS. I've tried to visit your site but the link doesn't seem to work.:-(

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

This is great Hugo - perfect moment as they pass under the light.
So - time for an upgrade, or has the firmware update on your current model helped?

18 Sep 2012 12:37pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian! You know me well, I wouldn't press the shutter until they passed under the light!:-) Oh yes, the firmware update make the gear slight more responsive.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful compo and capture of the night lights.

18 Sep 2012 1:42pm

shooter from United Kingdom

Hugo it matters not the camera it is your vision which is once again wonderful, although that said it doeds look a great and ideal street camera.

18 Sep 2012 3:19pm

Arr D from Montreal, Canada

Thank you for replying, Mr. Poon.

As not being a member of Animus3, you can't reach me from my comment. You will have to go through here, if you wish : .
Humbly, the pictures I post on my website already date back to 2010. I wanted a buffer of pictures to compensate for the periods I cannot be active enough in photoshoting. I pay the price : since then my approach has changed a lot. But I will see as to catch back. Actually, my approach has come to be similar to yours. That is probably why I can refer to your work, visually and emotionnaly. Beside the fact that I am urban by nature. Anyways, thank you for your Hong Kong stills, full of life and denoting your affection for your city. I will keep posted for more, for sure.


18 Sep 2012 5:22pm

@Arr D: Oh Arr, I finally have had the chance to visit your website and go through your pics! And I enjoy them much! Candid, spontaneous, emotive and full of life! Let's keep shooting from and with the heart!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

By now I'm certain Fuji is providing you corporate undergarments ; ]
Nice spotlight on the peeps as they saunter along their way. best…jf

18 Sep 2012 7:58pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

J'aime ce genre d'ambiance.
Tu photographies admirablement les villes la nuit.
Tu es passé du x-pro1 au xE1, la qualité de l'image reste au rendez vous. Y a t-il de grosses différences au niveau du viseur électronique?

18 Sep 2012 7:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous graphics

18 Sep 2012 8:32pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

"until the night..." we walk and walk ...Very beautiful urban shot

18 Sep 2012 8:33pm

Z from Shanghai, China

you really know the exact heart beat of the city my friend !! this is an exciting shot !

18 Sep 2012 10:56pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

excellent timing and fabulous composition

19 Sep 2012 6:33am

Punit from Pune, India

F1.8 and yet the over-all focus around the scene is so beautiful..! Fantastic street shot, btw. The eye lurks around the heavy urban construction all over this photograph until one notices the walking couple that brings in harmony into this photograph.

19 Sep 2012 9:42am

Punit from Pune, India

Hey Hugo, I'm just curious here - how long would you have waited at this point for a couple to come in and gift you the wonderful opportunity to make this photograph? Just plain curious, btw.

19 Sep 2012 9:45am

@Punit: Punit my friend, I'm afraid my answer might disappoint you cause I really don't recall "waiting for a couple to come in"! I noticed the couple the same moment I was drawn to the scene; all I had to do was to be a little patient and to click only when they passed under the light... All these happened in a matter of seconds!:-)

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A wonderful image where depth of field, magic combination of lights and the superb composition detail of the pair passing under the light all combine splendidly.

19 Sep 2012 9:59am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Leave to you Hugo to post a classic cityscape enveloped in the mystery and intrigue of night. From top to bottom, every nook and cranny of your image lures the eye and mind to examine at length the details contained within. I know you are excited about your new camera, but it is the talent behind the lens that makes the art :^)

20 Sep 2012 10:35am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique et superbement composé!

20 Sep 2012 8:55pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

So many different layers of glass, concrete and light. This is a brilliant shot Hugo!

21 Sep 2012 3:06am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful composition and so well seen to atch the man and the woman just there in the light from the lamp.

21 Sep 2012 5:46am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

Great mood, Hugo

21 Sep 2012 7:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Your skill and the new camera are a winning team, Hugo! This is gorgeous.

22 Sep 2012 7:08pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Great shot Hugo. Still loving my X Pro1 and really love the optical viewfinder. You obviously feel the evf is great so now you got me curious.

24 Sep 2012 5:27am

@morgan: Oh yes, I'm loving my X-Pro1 too but the smaller and lighter body of the X-E1 is a great attraction (I could squeeze it much more easily into my briefcase)! BTW, did you update the firmware of your cam?:-)

1/52 second
ISO 640
53 mm (35mm equiv.)