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Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 13 January 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Another fun shot of this street corner: "?"

And some enchanting chaos on this favourite street of mine:

"war zone"

"night life"

"i love d.i.y."

Peel Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/52 second F/2.0 ISO 1000 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...

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Love it! So cinematic! Makes me feel like I'm standing there looking out from a balcony. That man looking in makes this photo grand!

13 Jan 2013 5:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your images so often exhibit this perfect control of (for most if us) impossible light . . the range here is extreme but feels never under stress. Remarkable.

13 Jan 2013 7:27am

@Ronnie 2¢: Your positive comments mean a lot to me - sometimes I find myself really obsessed with capturing the details in both highlights and shadow areas, so as to re-create what my mind's eye "sees"! Thank you my friend!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

You captured the perfect fraction of second, when this guy offered you (and to us too) his best profile surrounding his quite imposing silhouette.

13 Jan 2013 8:04am

k@ from Paris, France

Just love the "clean" feel in your night shot lighting here (especially where the men stand) and that billboard that is so funny & strange where it stands and shines... Yes, cinematic like all those you linked to this image, your eye is the one of a director's (i'm sure Pavan would agree ;). So there is a Soho district in HK too ? Fascinating, each day (sorry, night !) more is your way of documenting your beloved land, my friend. Be thanked, we learn a lot through your eye !
(is it your best camera now that you have tested the Fuji's ?)

13 Jan 2013 8:13am

@k@: Thank you k@! I was pretty lucky to be at the beautiful place, the lovely time and with the right tool to capture this! So glad you enjoy cause this is really one of my recent fav!:-) FYI, the so-called Soho district in HK actually refers to "the South of Hollywood Road". And yes, the X-E1 is the most versatile Fuji cam I've used and so perfect for me - small and light to be squeezed into my briefcase, and appropriately non-intrusive for street photography...

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

That perfect fleeting moment when a small desire or temptation grabs the subject, you certainly have mastered your timing to perfection here Hugo. Once again the smoothness of the frame impresses, at iso 1000 there isn't the slightest hint of any digital noise in the shadow areas and the camera copes with this wide dynamic range of light with consummate ease.

13 Jan 2013 8:14am

@Curly: Yes, the cam deserves much credit! FYI, my default setting with the X-E1 is Auto ISO (6400)! I don't know (or even care) what ISO the cam is choosing - all I'm concerned about is whether I can be quick enough to catch a fleeting scene like this one. Thanks!

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great mood hugo ! So cinematic again !

13 Jan 2013 8:49am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

An expresso please, no sugar :-)

13 Jan 2013 9:34am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent capture, great night street mood! I like it! Have a nice Sunday, Hugo!

13 Jan 2013 9:34am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I like this street my kind of place, I see why you like it.

13 Jan 2013 10:35am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I love in your pictures what I dislike in others for exemple the huge white chocoholic !

13 Jan 2013 10:41am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

He is tempted to enter to take a hot chocolat before returning at home. :-) Great night capture again.

13 Jan 2013 11:22am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

enter or not enter ??? that is the question !!!!
Great catch ! love this shot ! well done !

13 Jan 2013 11:25am

Z from Shanghai, China

Looks like the city is condensed in this place, more specificly, into this 'Chocoholic' sign and the man who's looking at it! A typical Hugo's city night shot ! Brilliant

13 Jan 2013 11:32am

Sébastien Combrichon from Lyon, France

Nice composition, excellent capture !

13 Jan 2013 2:49pm

k@ from Paris, France

You mean they mixed Soho/NYC & Hollywood/L.A. ? Ah those HK guys are witty ones ! ;) Thanks for u'r answer & courage for the new week, dearest*

13 Jan 2013 4:20pm

@k@: :-) You too!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Now that sounds like my kind of place! :-)
Excellent capture my friend! Best wishes!

13 Jan 2013 4:59pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Your photos are like windows opened on the night life of Hong Kong. I never get tired of looking at them.

13 Jan 2013 5:41pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Gorgeous feeling here! I wish I loved chocolate :/ I like that you stay true to yourself and like myself sometimes I feel I capture images to preserve them like an 'excited traveler'... that said, this is a fantastic image, it seems like your watching from a secret fantastic pov that no one else knows other than you. Brilliant! I'd also agree with António Pires there's something so clean and soft about your images, maybe the lighting, I could stare at this for ages!

13 Jan 2013 7:10pm

@Abena: Makes my day to read this! Thanks!:-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Another amazing image of life on Peel Street. All these different kinds of shops, and people, seem to belong here.

14 Jan 2013 12:44am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


14 Jan 2013 3:49am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A man carefully considering his addictions. best…jf

14 Jan 2013 5:02am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

14 Jan 2013 7:13am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is really magical Hugo with wonderful light, colour and atmosphere!

14 Jan 2013 8:23am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent light.. the atmosphere is very nice. Like the company name 'Plant-a-Park-Ltd'..

14 Jan 2013 11:09am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Another moment in time captured to perfection. The sign combined with woman are a powerful magnet, and then the rest of the scene is a pleasure to behold. Great balance of so many different lights.

14 Jan 2013 4:35pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love your favorite street....and I am happy to see that there is another recovery group available for what I fear may be a near-addiction of mine ! ;-)

14 Jan 2013 6:12pm

Hilde Morin from United States

Very nicely lit night scene!

14 Jan 2013 7:56pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Beautiful night shot! Wonderful atmosphere!

15 Jan 2013 9:43pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

bien vu, belle scène de rue.

16 Jan 2013 8:51am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Utterly beautiful night image Hugo... in my eyes you certainly are a master of this style. Fantastic point of view, timing, rendering of details and mood. I could lose myself in your frames :^)

16 Jan 2013 11:48am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Beautiful atmosphere typical

17 Jan 2013 7:27pm

shooter from United Kingdom

Yet another perfect moment seen, waited and captured.

25 Jan 2013 9:45pm

1/52 second
ISO 1000
53 mm (35mm equiv.)