Street scenes in Hong Kong

When most people think of Hong Kong, what springs to mind is a fast-paced, bustling city: a myriad of high rises, neon street signs and people rushing everywhere. After being lucky enough to stay in Kowloon with my good friend last month, I can attest to the fact that all the above is present there.

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. With 6,650 people per square kilometre it is no wonder that infrastructure has to be so underground and so sky high.

This makes the it perfect for street photography; as it is the archetypal modern, vibrant Asian city.

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There’s something particularly captivating about street scenes at night – the colours are aglow as the garish signs contrast with the night sky. I took most of these pictures in Mongkok, a busy part of Kowloon home to markets, bars, restaurants etc.

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The weather was pretty bad when shooting them (I was lucky enough to be in the midst of typhoon Kalmaegi…), but I think blustery rain and umbrellas add to the atmosphere.

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When it comes to street scenes, playing around with slow shutter speeds is my favourite past-time (cool points reaching new levels here). I love the sense of movement it provides – and recommend 1/10 to 1/15 for capturing people walking and 1/20 to 1/30 for cars and motorbikes.

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This last photo was taken in Causeway Bay, a built-up, more upmarket shopping area which is also great for street photography. The sheer size of the roads and billboards, combined with vast numbers of pedestrians make for, what I think, are some good shots.

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