a "top-down" study

Posted by hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 9 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

As promised, I'm showing the 'whole picture' of the scene of "contemplation".:-)

Some old (but highly valuable) tenement buildings in the core of the shopping district of Causeway Bay.

Kai Chiu Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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...

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Interesting to notice the crop gave the feeling of keeping the high quality of the image.

9 Jan 2013 6:51am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . ahhh . . so it is all no more than a thin gold-effect facade after all . . a wonderful visual statement, Hugo.

9 Jan 2013 8:07am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I find the croped one more interesting

9 Jan 2013 8:14am

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Magnificent !

9 Jan 2013 9:35am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I like this, you can see the whole thing:)

9 Jan 2013 11:24am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the bird's eye view of the street and the contrast of different lights in this one. Great shot !

9 Jan 2013 11:28am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice framing
lovely shot ;)

9 Jan 2013 11:39am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great framing & mood Hugo !

9 Jan 2013 11:57am

Arr Day from Montreal, Canada

Oh ! Really love the three distinct sections of colors. I do not know which one I would opt for, cropped or not ? This one here is not just a parapraph, it is a chapter - contextualised. The retreat upon the rooftop is more understandable when we see the crowd underneath. Yet with the other version, the shared solitude - the intimacy - was more precise, and I felt more of an priviledged intruder, too.
They should be displayed side by side. They are both very valuable.

9 Jan 2013 12:51pm

@Arr Day: How we feel alike but you're expressing your feelings in such beautiful words! I'm touched! Thanks so much Arr!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

So much to see! Such amazing DR. Excellent image. Have a nice day!

9 Jan 2013 1:42pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

I think that's an amazing view, thanks for sharing! I love that you can watch people like that and from that pov...it makes a really good image!

9 Jan 2013 4:48pm

kasra from tabriz, Iran

wow! I don't think there could be any better choice of view to capture what is captured this way perfectly...

9 Jan 2013 5:19pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent point of view! Superb framing and great street shot! Bravo Hugo!

9 Jan 2013 6:22pm

Basile Pesso from France

Excellent framing and bottom oblique.

9 Jan 2013 6:40pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The roof seems to isolate them from the street's frenzies while enabling them to see it from the distance. Superb framing that combines a warm light for the action and a colder one for the calmly height. The ambiance transmitted is magnificent.

9 Jan 2013 7:45pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Good point of view.

9 Jan 2013 10:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous. fine pov

9 Jan 2013 11:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I see a room for rent. Long may these buildings stand. A truly great image, Hugo. I love the slices of life, in dynamic Hong Kong, that you show us. Each one holds a powerful fascination for me.

10 Jan 2013 12:36am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Love this view. What lens? I am envious knowing you will probably get a x100s to play with soon.

10 Jan 2013 4:33am

@morgan: It was actually taken with a really tiny camera: "an x'mas present for my daughter". X100s? Yes, soon... I hope.:-) Thanks Morgan!

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! I like these styles !
well done

10 Jan 2013 7:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Reminds me so much of Stowell Street in Newcastle, even if I haven't been up on the car park at night :-)
The camera is so impressive with its metering and colour rendition.

10 Jan 2013 8:51am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lot to see here.. lovely shot

10 Jan 2013 9:44am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A gorgeous shot Hugo. Love the depth and atmosphere you caught.

10 Jan 2013 9:51am

k@ from Paris, France

The gold low part attracts the eye that clilmbs up & up & up, passing by the Lady and joining the guys where we sit and share the upper viewpoint - i just love each storey of this story, bravo !

10 Jan 2013 5:27pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

eh oui la vie est aussi sur les toits

10 Jan 2013 6:04pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Wonderful POV !! - Excellent framing !

10 Jan 2013 10:37pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Brilliant use of the vertical format... I really love the separation of image segments, of the busy street from the quiet roof top, the way the warm light gives way to cool. Excellent image Hugo!

16 Jan 2013 11:52am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Wonderful point of view.

28 Jan 2013 7:57am

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Coups de coeur by mo.langel

Fujifilm XF1
1/80 second
F/1.8
ISO 200
7 mm

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