There are a lot of ways to get creative with street photography. The more you look around for interesting scenes to photograph, the more you realise the power of reflections. They are everywhere. Reflections are another kind of shadow.
In reflections of the buildings we work and live in, hides a wonderful world, a prodigious one, with different laws of physics. Light reflects with inimitable consequences, perspective lines are deforming, typography and color loose there significance and become beautiful shapes and forms, they play a new role within a composition.
Although summer in Hong Kong is a rainy season, there is always something interesting to shoot with the rains. Rain is one of the best times to photograph in because it can make all types of surfaces reflective. Just train your eye to notice them at first will eventually make it second nature.
倒影与影子虽然都有 “影” 一字，但两者却有截然不同的面貌，影子可说是本体遮蔽光线后的形象，但倒影则是反射后表现出来的形态，在真实世界里，可说是将3D立体实景，转化为2D平面的魔法。此外，受到光线方向、光源质感，以及反射材质影响，相较实体可说是多了不少趣味。虽然香港的夏天正值雨季，但下雨天也会帶來有趣的拍攝題材。当水面平静时，岸上景物实景与水中倒影一实一虚，遥相辉映，极大提高了整个画面的空间纵深感与视觉冲击力，极具美感。摄影是一门光与影的艺术，水中的倒影则将这一点体现得淋漓尽致。
In music they say the spaces between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. Similarly in photography, it can be the spaces that are not in the light that add impact to an image.
Shadows help tell a story and enhance the mood and visual power of a photograph. In fact, they can be so interesting, that they “overshadow” the subject itself. By focusing your attention on the shadows, you can create beautiful compositions full of contrast, form, and minimalist simplicity. An object and its shadow will strengthen each other. Sometimes you might even want to cut the object out entirely, and play with capturing only the interesting shadows that are cast by it.
Hong Kong is a lot different to shoot in from Singapore. I like detritus and darkness, shadows and noise, so for me the backstreets and markets of Hong Kong give me the things that I want. Photographing shadows works best with strong, simple shapes that make interesting graphic designs such as flowers, sharp lines, or even human beings. After all, who hasn’t taken a picture of their own shadow as it stretches out across the sidewalk in front of them?
I recently travelled to Hong Kong. Yes again. It’s somewhere that I always want to go to every year, the streets, the neons, the vast amount of people. There really aren’t many words that can fully describe the energy of Hong Kong and how that energy transforms from day into night. It’s magical, the sun dips and gives way to a sea of neon signs as they flicker alive. The evening commute begins and a new energy starts pulsing through the very heart of the city. I don’t have a particular project that I am working on with regards to the streets of Hong Kong. I like to walk around to see and learn about the city. I like to get lost and see where I come out. Singapore does not have this attraction for me at the moment, maybe because of familiarity of the setting.
Hong Kong is a highly fast-paced city. Sometimes it is absolutely disorienting. One of the things that you will notice in this blog post is the sense of motion. Because Hong Kong is such a busy city, I feel like I need to convey a sense of motion in some of my images to hint at just how quick the pace of life is in Hong Kong.
With street photography, people often think of the typical black and white, static and candid captures that freeze the action. This may be popular, but it’s also great to break the mould and apply some creative uses of slower shutter speeds. After all, street photography is about anticipating and capturing a moment before it’s gone, which often requires the photographer to react within a split second of a moment unfolding in order to grab the moment. Adding a slower shutter speed shutter can help add drama to street photographs, in fact there are many different times when a longer exposure may be beneficial in bringing out the essence of a street moment.
My Hong Kong photo series under pen name 蓝天游 titled《魅惑香港》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报光影版 full coverage dated 3 June 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you made my day! :)