Stills V3

January 5, 2009

Hong Kong 6

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 20:29



  1. I’m enjoying the subtle colour palette – just the two bits of green in the middle of all the grey. The diagonal to vertical shift between the top and bottom half in all of the lines makes for an interesting balance, along with the big difference in apparent speed at the top with the forgotten, or behind the scenes feel of the bottom ‘vehicle’ Lots of seemingly subtle irony going on.

    Comment by Gordon — January 5, 2009 @ 23:13

  2. I’m hard pressed to say exactly why, but these Hong Kong photos are really working for me. There’s an abstract quality to them, a sense of a world just slightly askew that fascinates.

    Comment by matt — January 6, 2009 @ 02:53

  3. Somebody towards the back of the bus is reading an awfully big newspaper!

    The slope and timing of the bus is perfectly matched to the composition that includes the vertical concrete beneath. I’m not sure about the little green trolley though – it is almost like a cherry too many!

    The cut off of the rear of the bus, and the slope of its roof, reminds me of the architectural design of the terraced rows of houses in the Welsh Valleys.

    Overall, though, an impressive photo with the added bonus of an interesting colour scheme.

    Comment by John Ellis — January 6, 2009 @ 07:57

  4. I like the match of the green on the trolley and the trolley bus and the contrast of the static and the motion blur of the two subjects.

    The green trolley ‘thing’ is incongruous and for me is the visual anchor.

    Comment by Rex — January 6, 2009 @ 21:50

  5. you waited all day for the bus roof colour you were after, impressive.
    The symmetry is almost to perfect and even so the bus is moving the picture feels static, maybe it is the solid railing and the way the larger supports frame the movement. the bus is neither coming or going, it is blurred and trapped.
    Maybe it is just to hot here tonight for me to think.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — January 7, 2009 @ 10:30

  6. First atention is drawn to the trolley. At first I thought the rest was superfluous until I saw the colour of the roof of the bus.
    Is Sandra Bullock driving? ;-)

    Comment by doonster — January 7, 2009 @ 12:38

  7. Robert – three frames, ten seconds, luck.

    Matt – “a world slightly askew” might be a reasonable description of HK. It has been an on the edge place for so long that one might say that the odds against it working were very high. Yet it does. And it continues to fascinate me.

    Comment by Colin — January 9, 2009 @ 10:44

  8. I think this is my favorite of the Hong Kong images thus far. A lot to see and everything is working with everything else — the yin and yang of the big, fast-moving bus above and the small, still cart below. How fortunate to get that little spot of red in there.

    Comment by Christina — January 10, 2009 @ 20:24

  9. Christina – as if to prove that I really should just stick to shooting mono…I had to go back and look at the picture to find the red spot.

    Comment by Colin — January 10, 2009 @ 22:04

  10. This is definitely my favorite of the Hong Kong series. I love all those runaway diagonals contrasting with the no-funny-business verticals. The small trolley is perfectly positioned and is definitely the frosting on the cake. The red “slows” the bus just enough to let me get a look at the newspaper—a nice touch. Maybe by now the photo has me in a silly mood, but the two window air conditioners (I assume) call to mind giant binoculars taking in the scene

    Comment by Anita Jesse — January 11, 2009 @ 22:36

  11. Is it me or are the front wheels of the below buggy slightly bigger than the back ones? Not that it makes any difference as it’s another pleasing illusion in this. Even centrally placed that buggy does balance out the downward slope very well.

    Comment by akikana — January 12, 2009 @ 04:30

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