A Singapore-based photographer combined 750 photographs capturing Hong Kong’s crowds and endless sense of movement to bring The Bustle of Hong Kong to life. Caroline Pang shot the photos with a 18-55 mm Fujinon lens on a Fujifilm X-E2 camera. It is an amazing piece of creativity that shows off Hong Kong’s pulse, from day to night.
I was in Hong Kong last Christmas. I have always been intrigued by its lifestyle, street culture, people, and architecture. And it is always so busy and crowded, and that was just what I wanted to document.
I wasn’t staying too long in Hong Kong…so I shot all those scenes in one day, starting from Sham Shui Po in Kowloon around late morning, and ended at Central around 9pm. I have a few seconds of footage of the moving train at the beginning of the video with audio of the MTR announcement. I like that train journey from Lantau Island to Kowloon. It was a gradual change of landscape. This was the beginning of my one day exploration in the bustling city of Hong Kong.
The photos were shot from the train, street level, and overhead bridges in Kowloon while all that at Central were shot at street level. At some point, I wanted to feel the crowd, so I stood still at pedestrian crossing, pressed my shutter for a continuous capture of people and their movement.
As the night falls, the surrounding environment became more vibrant. I am obsessed with night photography especially photographing light trails. So I went at length to look for perfect spots especially from a height. I headed up to overhead bridges and rooftops looking for good composition, to capture moving motions with slow shutter speed in low light, to create light trails and motion blur of people and traffic. I ended up at the overhead bridge shown in the video. That was in Mongkok. It was a perfect spot where I was able to photograph activities on the bridge and beneath the bridge. It gave me a 360 view of what was going on around me.
The colours of the night were nicely reflected from those signboards plus other lightings that made the scene look colourful. The crowd at the night market and traffic on the road were building up. I spent almost three hours capturing most scenes from one end to the other on the overhead bridge. Most of the night scenes were shot in BULB mode on a sturdy tripod of course. My remote trigger was faulty so I had to do manual calculation. Average exposure time was 10 seconds at either f16, f18, or f22 depending on the lights. At one point when I was so engrossed focussing on the main road to get shots of light trails, I did not realise that I had a row of people behind me watching what I was doing!
The camera that I used was a Fujifilm X-E2, which was a mirrorless camera and a 18-55mm lens. I just switched to Fujifilm cameras from a Canon DSLR. This was sort of a test to see how best can Fujifilm perform. Well, I have fallen in love with Fujifilm!
At the end of the day, I had shot almost 1,800 photos just from the bridge itself. Post editing was quite tedious. Nothing beats having Adobe Lightroom to help me sort the RAW images out for colour correction and other digital dark room processing. Then the editing was done in iMovie.
For more of Pang’s images of Hong Kong, click here.