As mentioned in a previous post, we travelled to Hong Kong in 2013. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favourite photos from the trip. I’ve included descriptions below each photo.

MongKok Blue Night (NIKON D5100 1/25--f/2.8 50mm)

MongKok Blue Night (NIKON D5100 1/25–f/2.8 50mm)

I really like the atmosphere of this photo. We were fascinated by the cityscape as we looked out of our huge hotel room window. It was different every night! The clouds seemed to hang so low some nights that they shrouded the tops of the buildings and diffused the bright neon light. This photo is not especially sharp or punchy, but it conveys the sense of colour and mystery that we love about the city.

Busy corner at night (NIKON D5100 1/400--f/2.8 11mm)

Busy corner at night (NIKON D5100 1/400–f/2.8 11mm)

MongKok is a crazy place! It was formerly something of a red light district, but has been cleaned up in recent years and made more tourist friendly. The Langham Hotel, where we stayed, is smack bang in the middle of the human chaos of MongKok. Every time we ventured out to explore the area, we had to push through a flood of people; it’s just so incredibly dense. One hour out there on the streets felt like two!

I went out one night with my Nikon D5100 and a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 ultra-wide angle lens. It was so humid and steamy that the lens fogged up for the first ten minutes! I like the geometry of the buildings in the above photo. The yellow street lines point towards the centre of the image and serve to draw the eye into the scene.

Magnificent Estates (DSC-RX100 1/125--f/5.6 37.1mm)

Magnificent Estates (DSC-RX100 1/125–f/5.6 37.1mm)

I shall let this image speak for itself. I don’t think I need to say much, other than that I was incredibly struck by the scene and had to pull out the camera very quickly before our taxi moved off.

Langham Mall (NIKON D5100 1/60--f/2.8 17mm)

Langham Mall (NIKON D5100 1/60–f/2.8 17mm)

Attached to the Langham Hotel was a shopping mall. Only slightly less crazy and congested than being outside on the streets of MongKok, the mall was a nexus for many young people in the area. I used the Tokina ultra-wide lens for this photo and simply cropped the sides. I was hanging over a railing above and liked the look of the lines and lights. There’s something timeless about the slow ascent of humanity towards a Kello Kitty store at the top of a shopping mall, don’t you think?

 

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