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"flying over..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 31 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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Not a very pleasant urbanscape for sure, but this is so "Hong Kong" to me!

"flying through"

"under the flyover"

Hill Road Flyover, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/30 second F/7.1 ISO 500 21 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...

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I have vertigo or updigo or something. This an elevated track running between these buildings? best…jf

31 Jan 2013 6:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

One of your most sensational images . . . I applaud someone's brave art attempt to introduce green but I know it will be sandblasted away before long. Frightening.

31 Jan 2013 6:41am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This is an amazing point of view, dizzying really, that gives me an equally amazing first impression of city life in Hong Kong. Never have I seen elevated transportation so close to adjacent buildings. Thanks for sharing this image.

31 Jan 2013 7:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a great scene, Hugo. Seeing the laundry on the side of the building is one of my lasting impressions of Hong Kong. Having lived in Japan and dried clothes on the balcony, I appreciate this even more. The flyover and straight up view real add some drama. Love it.

31 Jan 2013 7:31am

@Steve Rice: Ha ha you noticed that too... I have been drawn to this interesting (traditional) way of "laundry".:-)

k@ from Paris, France

I can't imagine this and thanks to you, I'm invited to : must be so heavy, the feeling to inhabit a city of high intricated structures the eye has to pass through, something vertiginous and sci-fiesque, bigger than us for sure and yet built up by us. Must be something... and it's so particular to HK, I love walking with my 2 eyes (same as feet here) along your streets and being here like a bird exploring the architecture in some great angle before flying even higher or in-between narrow corridors of void separating strong wall & brigdes & roads &.... Full, that's the word that comes to my mind, full of archi/structures of yesterday & today, combining in the same frame. Impressive is my conclusion ;) Have a very nice end of midweek*

31 Jan 2013 7:47am

@k@: You're exactly right k@, this is so big and heavy... a most remarkable engineering (transportation) achievement but a least humane structure to live with!!!

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

What framing breathtaking! I put a few seconds to understand and it is very pleasant!

31 Jan 2013 8:27am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Makes you stop. Excellent.

31 Jan 2013 8:27am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I'm dizzy, took me a while but I turned my laptop on end it worked very well, this is so typical even of Japan with the laundry hanging out, here they say it's cleaner than using a dryer but with all the traffic and exhaust fumes; I wonder:)

31 Jan 2013 9:47am

@J.R.: Couldn't agree more!:-)

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium


31 Jan 2013 11:04am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Massive composition, dizzying, and somewhat belittling for those that live around it. Superb pov to emphasise its footprint on the local landscape.

31 Jan 2013 11:10am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Visually stunning and unique composition... fantastic point of view and framing Hugo, and a quite futuristic looking setting!

31 Jan 2013 11:44am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great pov Hugo and great feeling of "jail" !

31 Jan 2013 12:40pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Amazing shot Hugo!

31 Jan 2013 1:31pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Stunning composition! Fascinating city, you live in!

31 Jan 2013 2:50pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Impressive composition! Superb angle of view and framing! Poor people who live here!

31 Jan 2013 4:06pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

You are so clever !! this is an amazing view which gave me vertigo. I suppose it's a road up there and it's hard for me to believe that people can live like this.

31 Jan 2013 4:20pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Vertiginous effect caused by your POV and framing. Impacting combination of technological development with older habits. Impressive image!!

31 Jan 2013 5:04pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wonderful POV, has us all reeling!! You have found real beauty in the mundane everyday toil of laundry!!!

31 Jan 2013 5:17pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

The reverse side of the metropolis dream.
It's possible for now the limousines sliding from a side of the city to the opposite one, in the best comfortable conditions for their drivers and passengers, providing a kind of perpetual show for the privileged spectators who have the chance to live in a buildings just at the level of this activity. A kind of sound and light revue on a 24/24 hour opening.
As usual, when you look at the lower level, just below the scene of that particular venue, you are very surprised not to discover here the same kind of glamour the show is dispensing to the spectators.
Just to tell you: great point of view, Hugo !

31 Jan 2013 6:09pm

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you for reading into this image in such depth and sharing both your feelings and thoughts! I'm touched!

Will from Gainesville, United States

great capture:)

31 Jan 2013 6:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I feel a bit woozy looking up like this - an excellent perspective and image.

31 Jan 2013 7:09pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! A dizzying view! Fantastic perspective. I think big cities are amazing! There is just so much to see.

31 Jan 2013 10:58pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


1 Feb 2013 12:37am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

Wow, mindbending POV Hugo

1 Feb 2013 3:06am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Breathtaking and fantastic. Makes me dizzy like´m loosing my footing and falling...

1 Feb 2013 7:22am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! I like it
well done
Have a lovely day :)

1 Feb 2013 7:56am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

what an extremely unusual pov... and it works very, very well, that´s a great shot!

1 Feb 2013 8:35am

k@ from Paris, France

That's how i imagine you in HK - a 5mn long video here. Have a nice w-e, dear*

1 Feb 2013 1:39pm

@k@: Daido Moriyama is such an exceptional master - talking and shooting from the heart! You know what, I met with him twice when he visited HK last year, here's a little gallery: "森山大道 Daido Moriyama in Hong Kong" Thank you so much k@!!!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow Hugo, this is a crazy cool perspective and shot!

1 Feb 2013 1:39pm

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

This is great, Hugo! I love this perspective. Makes me think about how I used to look at this perspective so much more often when I was a kid. Excellent photo!

2 Feb 2013 3:55am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Excellent against that plunged the overpass between buildings

3 Feb 2013 10:05am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore


3 Feb 2013 10:59am

jgel74 from la compote, France

belle perspective

13 Feb 2013 2:40am

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

Hugo POON by Christian Richer


1/30 second
ISO 500
21 mm (35mm equiv.)