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the wait... (i)

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 6 October 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

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Tram Stop (Luard Road), Wanchai, Hong Kong

Another night, another tram stop, another wait...
"here i come!"

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/30 second F/2.8 ISO 1250 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...

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

Superb mastering of the movement and the night light !

6 Oct 2012 6:12am

k@ from Paris, France

What i love here, Hugo, is the still upon motion in such a cinematic maestria ! Oh what a beauty at ISO 1250, something my Nikon is just so unable to get ;) and the colors, wow, they are oily beautiful like a painting you'd have just finished. Each character holds his or her own story & life & bag here : a choregraphy of Life in expecting attitude, and of course the bus & cars passing in higher speed in the background adds so much : some run & some wait and in a quick time those who wait will run in another bus too while those who run will stop & go back home or at work. The ants story of our urban activity. Okay, time to catch my breakfast now but thanks for the beauty as i wake up in your night light, i'm in awe with the quality of your image and how your 'actors" stand up so marvelously upon the natural sheet & set you found here. A big clap-clap & a deserved rest for your w-e with no rush hopefully*
PS : the one who seems to have less in life (maybe it's a trompe-l'oeil observation from me) has the heaviest bags to hold as if all he's owns he carries it with himself... Moving as our "look" says so much of us...

6 Oct 2012 6:24am

@k@: Dear k@, you're reading what I strove to capture, feeling what I felt, and expressing in words of incomparable beauty! I'm so touched! As I read your comment, I kept wishing it wouldn't come to an end... PS. You're exactly right about him and it's this man who caught my mind in the first place. The suffering and hardship that has been trying him must be as heavy as the heavy bags that he's carrying with him all his life! Would he ever put them down? I did wonder...

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Ah, if I could speak English ... I could tell you many things!
Around the world, the same attitudes ... Contrast poses with the movement of the bus is great!

6 Oct 2012 7:10am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

what a beautiful rendering of movement, light, colors Hugo ! incredible sharpness and quality of details ! very impressive ! Love all the different attitudes of people, each in his world, and the motion blur of the bus behind ! an excellent street scene ! Have a great week-end dear Hugo !

6 Oct 2012 7:18am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Brilliant lighting and colours! Stunning capture !

6 Oct 2012 7:40am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very good shot!

6 Oct 2012 8:52am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is a wonderful study like a professional choreography . . to think this is grabbed off the street is amazing. You have The Gift, and a fine camera, my friend.

6 Oct 2012 9:08am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful usual !!!

6 Oct 2012 9:11am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful motion and freeze effect, the figures almost stand out as 3D.
All round fantastic shot.

6 Oct 2012 10:02am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

the world´s in motion... splendid documentary of every-day life!

6 Oct 2012 10:03am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

We can buy a camera but we can't buy a photographer's eye.

6 Oct 2012 10:08am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Great catch Hugo. I do enjoy reading K@'s comments on your photos too :-)
Nice to see the X100 is still getting out too :-)

6 Oct 2012 11:09am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful street photographing, almost cineastic with the moving tram. This is a favo!

6 Oct 2012 11:21am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

And what is left for us after k@ comment ??? Just have to get up earlier.....

6 Oct 2012 11:36am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

I like ; the night's mood, the speed behind & the man who comes into the frame ! Good job Hugo !

6 Oct 2012 12:32pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Even if only seen on a phone screen, which is not the most convenient way for discovering a picture, I have the feeling this is a great image.

6 Oct 2012 1:46pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superb rendering of the night atmosphere and movement of the urban traffic contrasting with the people waiting fot the bus. Well done ! Like to detail the different attitudes.

6 Oct 2012 5:18pm

Lydia.Dd from Paris, France

Superb capture !!

6 Oct 2012 5:43pm

Learning Soul from Bangalore, India

To me - its a terrific image, very well shot !

6 Oct 2012 6:28pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice!
so beautiful colors & lights!

6 Oct 2012 6:58pm

shooter from United Kingdom

Wonderful shot Hugo I love the colours, that camera is a gem

6 Oct 2012 8:04pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice capture! Can feel the speed.

7 Oct 2012 10:18am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Hugo this is perfectly exposed. Excellent!

7 Oct 2012 1:07pm

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

hi Hugo: thanks so much

7 Oct 2012 3:44pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Remarkable convergence of souls, in this one spot where the commotion of city life speeds past. I wonder what each person is thinking, what life experience they bring to this point, and how they will go forward. As you usually do Hugo, you bring forth an image that contains the awe and mystery of humanity.

7 Oct 2012 4:03pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Looks like i see most of the HK people was over there ... Just kidding but that's a feeling ... just love the point of view :)

7 Oct 2012 5:24pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic image and mood, Hugo - love the contrast between the speed of light and frozen patience of the platform figures.

8 Oct 2012 11:09am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great capture, superb rendering of movement! Excellent scene! Have a good beginning of week Hugo!

8 Oct 2012 2:39pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Superb, master!!!

8 Oct 2012 3:43pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

OH !!I find some women behind the men ... It is so interesting now ...The sad story of alone men is finished,thanks GOD

8 Oct 2012 6:08pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love the emphatic contrast between the speed of the train and the wait of the potential passengers. What delicious mood here, and delicious photography!!

9 Oct 2012 12:23am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Reminds me of a streetcar stop in Hiroshima. I would occasionally ride the streetcar after work but, the bus was usually faster.

9 Oct 2012 12:32am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

An absolute perfection.
The image carries this particular mix of asphalt and buses gas oil engines smelling.

9 Oct 2012 6:22am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Wonderfull picture. strengh and mind.

10 Oct 2012 4:09am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Excellent shot Hugo !

14 Oct 2012 12:22pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Belle capture. J'aime beaucoup les scènes d'attente.

14 Oct 2012 9:07pm

1/30 second
ISO 1250
23 mm