Stills V3

November 14, 2008

Hong Kong 1

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 12:23



  1. Apologies to all for the pics that I’ve not commented on in the last few weeks. I’m getting back into the swing now.

    In case anybody wonders, this is a straight photo.

    Comment by Colin — November 14, 2008 @ 12:42

  2. LoL, first thought was ‘is this the first composite from Colin?’ and then I opened and saw your comment!

    An interesting juxtaposition, the clean bright sign and the dingy back of the kitchen(?) Strangely that pool of light is quite inviting. I’m in danger of overusing the word but ‘Intriguing’ comes to mind again.

    I also was reminded of the totally weird world of food photography by the poster.

    Comment by Rex — November 14, 2008 @ 18:35

  3. Well it doesn’t look bent! And presumably we’re in for more than one in the sequence. Obviously Rex has been watching too many ‘Infernal affairs’ and I would use the word disturbing because of the ‘Bladerunner’ look to the back of the building.

    I’ve tried hard but can’t get this to look other than it is a composite, which brings us to the word ‘improbable’ – how could that sign be there so brightly lit? What punter is walking there? But returning to normality, those little Vespas are all lined up ready to drive polystyrene boxes of Chinese takeaway all over HK.

    The colouring of the dimly lit rear of the building is very nicely rendered – which camera was this?

    Comment by John Ellis — November 15, 2008 @ 08:12

  4. It is a definite weakness of this shot that it doesn’t look real :-)

    The sign is a part of a shop front on a main drag. The alley is an access lane giving a glimpse of the concrete behind the chrome and glass.

    John: M8. The colours in the alley have a look of slide film about them. Kodachrome? Summicron 28mm. Either wide open or close to. Nice lens.

    Comment by Colin — November 15, 2008 @ 09:25

  5. Bladerunner, yep, but with Indian food.

    Comment by matt — November 16, 2008 @ 20:11

  6. I’m very happy to see you back here again — missed your comments and photos.

    The contrast of the perfect, clean “unreal” graphic with the “real” scene beyond works beautifully for me.

    Comment by Christina — November 17, 2008 @ 05:36

  7. Christina – thanks :-)

    Comment by Colin — November 19, 2008 @ 09:58

  8. I too find this hard to see other than as a composite. Given that the scene along the left could have been darkened so much more which would have then screamed of composite. Having said all that, I like what I see with the crispness of the sign being a useful counter to the organized mess in the alley.

    Comment by akikana — November 20, 2008 @ 05:28

  9. I’m part of the “looks like two photos” crowd. If the sign had been smaller (how on earth you could have managed that is a mystery), I would love the juxtaposition of the two elements. As it is, I look at the two elements and then have to put them together again. My tendency is to glance briefly at the right hand portion, then relish the photo on the left. Those two pools of light pull me through successfully and the wealth of detail is irresistible for me.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 20, 2008 @ 19:16

  10. No matter how many times I look at it I see 2 pictures, the one having so little to do with the other which may be the point of it. A bright poster and dark alley, a place to eat and a place you would only go to take pictures (it is a wonderful alley for that).
    Looking again I see those scooters are most probably for food delivery, you got me Colin, I keep on wanting to look at this picture and get more from it.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — November 20, 2008 @ 19:53

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