Tag: Hong Kong

Dragon Boat Race (Hong Kong) – Fujifilm Xpro2

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The weather was excellent on last Sunday afternoon. I went to the open area in Admiralty right in front of the Central Government Office together with Fujifilm X-Pro2 and two lenses in my bag, 23mm f2 WR and 35mm f2 WR. By coincidence, I found out there is a dragon boat race competition happening in the waterfront. So I chose to use 35mm because it is more tele and I want my images to be clean and focus only on certain subjects. 35mm on Fujifilm is equivalent to 50mm in 135 Full Frame format.

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Dragon Boat

Dragon boat is a human powered watercraft with team paddling together in the race.There was history about a minister called “Qu Yuan” tracing back to 278BC. After his suicide for patriotism, people beat drums and splashed the water with the paddles to prevent fish from eating his body. This is the story that I learned from high school. We eat “zongzi” as a traditional food, one of them made with beans and meat and the other one made with lotus seed paste. I prefer the later one that is sweet and with nice texture. And this festival occurs in every year in June.

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This is my first time shooting in dragon boat festival, I have seen it so many times from TV and I wanted to capture it with strong focus on composition. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera was set at AF-S mode, Auto exposure, Aperture at F/11 and maintaining ISO at 400, which I want to freeze the dragon boat rather than having a motion blur. Most importantly is to use AF-L to lock the focus in infinity to have faster capturing speed. Overall the Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 WR is a nice and compact lens for any type of street activities. This is definitely my choice during the day.

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Peng Chau Island with LomoChrome Purple

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A weekend getaway to different islands in Hong Kong is another great options for a warm sunny Saturday. Peng Chau is one of my favourite island though it is not as big as Cheung Chau but the vibe and quietness attracted me to re-discover this little outlier.

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LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 is a Lomography negative film trying to bring back the impression and colour tone of the famous Kodak Aerochrome. This single roll of film has been sitting together with the rest of my unused film for almost half a year. Since the weather was so good on that day, I decided to take it with me and shoot something differently with a Hasselblad Xpan II, Panoramic format.

After loading the film into the panoramic camera. There is one question immediately came to my mind. Which ISO speed should I use? The film was indicated 100-400 on it’s package. I read a few blogs and articles about this film most of them suggest you to shoot at ISO 200 to give the best result of its purple tone. Then I changed the ISO setting at the back of my Xpan to ISO 200. Some suggested to use ISO 100 when the environment is darker, in this case some shots was slightly overexposed by one to half stop. Through composition and guessing the colour effect from this film was fun because it is something new to me. Last time I had this feeling was with the Kodak High Speed Infrared black and white film.

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Peng Chau Island is so nice because of it’s size. Great for pairs or some photo hobbyist to spend a full day just to walk around on this beautiful island. It has some nice beaches, scattered buildings and there is no tall buildings which was great.

We walked from ferry pier to get some local “Char Charn Tang” food and then continue the journey along the beach. After that we went up to Finger Hill then moved to walk along the coastline.

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20 shots were fired and the film safely returned in the film canister. I sent the film to trustworthy lab – Colorluxe Express in Wan Chai Jaffe Road. And I got the scanned copy on the same day.

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So now, red became purple, blue became cyan. The mood is quite special to me. I think I will try to shoot one or two more under different environment but definitely not my essential negative film. But worth to give it a try!

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Street Photography Guide in Mong Kok

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Street Photography Guide in Mong Kok 旺角 at Night
Mong Kok is a very unique neighbourhood that is unlike any other places in the world, the closest equivalent that I can think of is the intersection at Shibuya, Tokyo. The city is also known as the ‘movie town’, it has great cinematic scenes, particularly for staging gritty gangster-driven fights. I would describe this top attraction in Hong Kong as a river with quick current. The place is packed with fast walkers, and if you are new to the city, you might be taken aback by their pace. General to the local culture, people may find it abrupt and intrusive if you try to capture shots up close. However, I do have a few tricks that could help you enjoy this photography heaven in a different way.

As an every day local street photographer, I would recommend the following spots if you are next in town.

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Is Ladies Market the Best Place to Start?
Some of you might think that the Ladies Market is the most attractive part of Mong Kok with the neon lights and the buzzing local traditional entertainments such as mahjong shops and massage parlour. I do agree with it in some way but for me, I like the Ladies Market at late nights, around 10pm, when the owners of the stalls start to pack up for the day, load the unsold goods onto the small carts, and move them back to the storage. This shows a very different side of the streets than its usual opening hours. Another habit of mine is to walk down the side aisles, the combination of dark corners and street lights give you more perspectives and angles to play with, this is the perfect opportunity for you to be creative.

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Shanghai Street Adventure

But if you want something more adventurous and a true local life experience, Shanghai Street is the place for you. It is two streets from the Ladies Market, near the Langham Place. It is full of traditional billboards and neon signs with prices of the different entertainments. I think you might have figured by now, it is a red light district. It is an exciting neighbourhood but just take extra caution when you are shooting at night and keep check of your belongs.

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One of the best places to have top view in Mong Kok
In just a few streets away, there is a Park-In Commercial Centre. Go up the car park lift to top floor, walk out the double doors then go straight, you should soon see the open roof with a panoramic view that oversees the streets of Mong Kok packed with street performers and passer-bys.

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Suggested Map of Mong Kok

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Suggested spots

  1. Ladies Market
  2. Shanghai Street
  3. Park-In Commercial Car Park
  4. Footbridge at Mong Kok Road
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 Small Photography Tips in Mong Kok

  1. Having a smile on your face. Nothing beats a genuine smile, be it you are a foreigner or a local. For someone who grew up in the city, western photographers tend to have an advantage over the locals, they get to win their hearts easier when it comes to photo taking, they find tourists less intrusive.
  2. Off finder (zone focus) increases you successful rate of getting a decent candid shot on the street.
  3. Pick a spot, frame and wait.
  4. Watch your shutter speed, better keeping it in your safety shutter to avoid vibrations.
  5. CineStill 800T is best for a place like Mong Kok, it gives you that cinematic look.
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TAHUSA recommended path
Come out of Exit D of the Mong Kok Station and go straight. Once you hit the Ladies Market, turn right. Walk till the end of the Ladies Market, remembering to explore in between the stalls and side allies. Cross the street and up the car park lift of the Park-in Commercial Centre for the top view shots. When you are back on the ground level, cross to the opposite side and try out some tasteful local food. Take the same path down the Ladies Market until you are at the end of the street. Turn left, pass the intersection and continue walking towards the Langham Place. When you hit Langham place, turn left and enter Shanghai Street. When you have seen enough for the day, enjoy a cold local brew beer at Tap Ale Project.

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Travelling like a local
If you are interested to understand more about other areas in Hong Kong, feel free to email me at tahusa.co@gmail.com

Places to develop film in Hong Kong

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If you are looking for reliable and high quality labs to begin your film journey or you would like to find a lab close to your place. Here is a list of recommended film labs in Hong Kong by me. All of them offer services to develop Color Negative film, Black and white Negative film and Colour Positive film. If you would like to understand more about their quality, feel free to comment below.

1. Colorluxe Express
316B, G/F.,Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening Hour : Mon to Fri 10AM – 8PM, Sat 10AM – 7PM, Sun Closed
Transport: Causeway Bay Station (5mins walk)

Turnover time
Colour Negative: Within the day
Black and white film: 2 working days
Color Slide film: 2 working days

Scanner: Noritsu HS-1800
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ColorluxeExpress/

 



 

2. Showa (Mongkok)
3/F, 66 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hour : Everyday 2PM – 9PM
Transport: Mongkok Station (1min walk)

3. Showa (Causeway Bay)
Shop 1H Po Foo Building, 1-5 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
​Opening Hour : Everyday 1PM – 9PM (Tuesday OFF)
Transport: Causeway Bay Station (3mins walk)

Scanner: Noritsu HS-1800
Website: https://www.showa-store.com

4. Outputpro Lab
612 1/F Reclamation Street; Mong Kok; Kowloon; Hong Kong
Opening Hour : Mon to Sat 12:30PM – 8PM, Sun Closed
Transport: Prince Edward Station (5mins walk)

Turnover time
Colour Negative: Within the day
Black and white film: 1 working days
Color Slide film: 2 working days

Scanner: Noritsu HS-1800
Website: http://www.outputprolab.com

Hong Kong City Scanner 006

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City: Hong Kong
Location: North Point
Camera: Leica M10
Lenses: Leica Elmarit 28/2.8 v3 and Noctilux 50/1 E58

I met with other Shutter Alliance members outside MTR station in North Point. After that we moved to the pier and look for photography opportunities. Then the weather changed and started to rain. We took a few snaps outside tram terminal and decided to board one of the tram and take pictures in it.

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Hong Kong City Scanner 005

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica MP
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV
Film: Ilford Delta 400

A fine sunny day loaded with a roll of Ilford Delta 400 in my Leica MP. Photowalk together with Take from Bigheadtaco. We met in Quarry bay and walked all the way to Yik Cheong Building (aka Monster Building in Transformers movie). Then we headed to One Island East building in Quarry Bay. There aren’t many people because it was Sunday morning and it gives you a spectacular view up there. There is no admission fee and you can go up there for free.

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Hong Kong City Scanner 004

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica MP
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1
Film: Fujifilm Pro400H

First time trying out the Fujifilm Pro400H, an expensive film but it has a soft pastel colour. I will try overexposing it next time. Shutter Alliance Photowalk at the Peak and Quarry Bay, pleasure to have Take as our special guest, checkout his youtube channel (BIGHEADTACO), he has uploaded his recent video for a documentary in Hong Kong and some footage with us!

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After gathering everyone outside Quarry Bay station with Take from Bigheadtaco, we went to Monster building (Yik Cheong Building) which was shown in the Trasnsformers movie.

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Peak-lookout-man-wearing-national-photo-shirt-with-tripod-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens A man wearing national photography vest with his tripod aiming at the beautiful sunset at the Peak.

 

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Overlook-top-of-HK-City-peak-hong-kong-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lensHK-City-peak-hong-kong-throught-the-gate-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens Never get bored with these awesome view up the Peak, Hong Kong.

JCH Street Pan 400

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An alternative for Black and White Film Shooters?

I am always so excited whenever there is new film launched in the market, so I picked few rolls of JCH Street Pan 400 out of curiosity. I pre-assumed that this film is just a normal black and white film with high contrast and little details. But after the film was developed by lab. I was happy with the result and decided to try few rolls more. I spoke to the lab about it and they said the film base is similar to Rollei/AGFA, very thin and top and bottom unexposed areas are transparent after developed.

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Name:
 JCH Street Pan 400

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with fine grain structure

 


The Reborn of a Surveillance film

JCH Street Pan 400 is not having a newly invented emulsion, it is an old discontinued surveillance film that was made by AGFA. In 2016, Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter decided to bring this film back to life. JCH website mentioned that It has high sensitivity to red lights, and it is optimal for different weather conditions and under low light environments.

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Contrast and Greyscale 

The contrast of JCH Street Pan is fairly high at box speed. But it helps to bring out the mood with such contrast level keeping a great tonality. It has rich greyscale, but not as broad as Kodak Tri-X and the tone is great for street photography which performs really well under different weather conditions. So you don’t have to worry about getting a grey and flat result on a cloudy day as other black and white film needs more sunlight and push the film to get the same tonality.

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Compare JCH Pan 400 with Kodak Tri-x, ilford HP5 (Grain, Contrast, Mood)

I would describe JCH Pan 400 is a film between Tri-x and ilford HP5, a mixture of both. JCH Street Pan 400 is characterised by its fine grain structure. It is not as grainy as Tri-X or HP5 and the grain structure is similar to HP5. It can easily render the mood that I want at box speed. However, to get the same mood with HP5 or Tri-X you have to push the film to ISO800 or even 1600.     

Development times:

R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 25 10:30
R09 One Shot (Rodinal) 1 + 50 22:00
R09 Spezial / Studional 1 + 15 8:30
R09 Spezial / Studionial 1 + 31 17:00
Rollei Supergrain 1 + 12 7:00
Rollei RLS (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 4 14:30 (24°)
Ilford Ilfosol 3 1 + 3 5:00
Illord ID-11 / Kodak D-76 1 +1 10:50
Ilford Perceptol 1 + 1 10:00
Kodak HC-110 B (1+31) 5:00
Kodak X-Tol 1 + 1 17:00
Tanol (ISO 200/24°) 1 + 1 + 100 19:30
T-max Dev 1+4 at 20c 9:00

Source from JCH Website

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What cameras/gears did I use to take the images?

Leica M2 with Summicron 35mm f2 IV
GW690II

Where to buy?

Barton1972
JCH Offical website

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