STREETS OF HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS--Intense Photographic Outings on the Streets of Hong Kong

To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
— The Decisive Moment--Henry Cartier Bresson

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Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula are internationally renowned as excellent venues for photographing Cantonese street culture as it intertwines and permutates with the tentacles of skyscraper modernism and hyper- materialism that are the hallmarks of modern day Hong Kong.

Although it is currently undergoing a period of massive urban redevelopment and rapid gentrification, there are still many rich pockets of old school Hong Kong/Cantonese street life waiting to be captured by intrepid photographers of all levels. These can be found on the urban streets and back streets of the city, on the nearby outter islands such as Lantau and Cheung Chau and in the New Territories. A trove of quintessential photographic "decisive moments" are waiting to be uncovered.

All one needs is a camera, any camera! They say the best camera is the one you have with you!

You don't need a Lenny Kravitz Limited Edition Leica Rangefinder when you go with me. But I will be duly impressed!

The landscape changes literally by the minute and it is my passionate undertaking to track the changes in order to optimize time spent on your unique photo outing.

I am constantly out on the streets scouting 'cinematic' locations. History and culture form the natural context of this photographic excursion, however, my professional attention will be 100% aimed at maximizing image opportunities for you.

If you are new to street photography (essentially photographing strangers), I will show you the best techniques for getting started.

If you are a professional, give me your list and I will take you to what you want to shoot.

At the time of initial meet up we will review your photographic preferences and abilities. We will then determine an optimal plan for achieving the objectives of bespoke photographic outing on the messy urban streets of Hong Kong.

Think of it as a photographic jam session. Jazz with a camera!

  MY APPROACH IN A NUTSHELL:    When I take you on a photo tour, time is my principal obstacle. There is only so much that can be accomplished on a single tour. As a former lawyer, I consider myself an expert on time management and efficient communication. Combining those skills with my photographic ability is how I aim to deliver a premium photo outing for you. We won't waste any time and I will pass the maximum amount of information practicable along the way.      On matters of technique, I endeavor to transcend what can be readily found in books.     As a film photographer I worked hard to master the ability to shoot without using a light meter. Although this takes years of practice, I will try to show you the way to take pictures without setting everything on auto. I will also tell you what kind of light to expect on the day as well as why I can't stand Auto ISO.    I also mastered prime lense photography primarily using rangefinder cameras but also SLRS. I will tell you which lenses you should bring and how to set up your camera for the kind of photography we will be doing.     I have also studied the works of many masters and settled on those whom I want to emulate in my own photographic style. I will share my ongoing journey with you and help you to begin your own. This exercise is very much like learning to be a musician. Before you start improvising, it is better to have a solid foundation based on technique and familiarity with prior work.     With regard to composition, I studied paiting when I was a kid, my Mom was an ikebana flower arranger and my Dad was a great photographer. I know I was able to absorb plenty of in my formative years. Many folks consider the development of a "photographic eye" to be the most difficult part of learning photography. I have definite thoughts on how to get away from looking at it as a technical exercise and turning it into a an endeavor of the heart, one dominated by your right (organic/holistic) as opposed to left (linear) brain lobe. I will also explain what I think makes a good picture and what makes a great picture.    I consider it imperative for the photographer to have a basic understanding of the subjects he or she is photographing. This is where my cultural and historic expertise comes in. I structure my photo walks as would a regular cultural tour. You are going to shoot better photographs when I tell you what it is you are looking at and why I think it is important. If you go on your own following an Instagram list, with all due respect, it will be a very tall order to replicate the added nuance I deliver. Your outing will informed by the detailed information that I will pass along to you. Your photographs will tell a story that you will be able to confidently relate following your departure.    Finally with regard to post processing, I am happy to share with you my own stylistic approach. I love the work of Ansel Adams, who was strictly a film photographer. He always said that time in the darkroom was more important than shooting the photograph. If you want to be serious about your photography, you need to learn how to process your images. While this is beyond the scope of a photo tour, I am happy provide a few pointers to help you get on your way.    That is my approach in a nutshell. It is not the only approach by any means. But when you are with me you are not sitting in a class room. You are not paying me for for a lecture.     What you can count on is a memorable day and plenty of learning by doing!     WB7    PS: If you are interested, I can also arrange for your images to be printed by the best photographic print artist in Hong Kong, my good friend Danny Chau of Chau Digital.            

MY APPROACH IN A NUTSHELL:

When I take you on a photo tour, time is my principal obstacle. There is only so much that can be accomplished on a single tour. As a former lawyer, I consider myself an expert on time management and efficient communication. Combining those skills with my photographic ability is how I aim to deliver a premium photo outing for you. We won't waste any time and I will pass the maximum amount of information practicable along the way. 

On matters of technique, I endeavor to transcend what can be readily found in books.

As a film photographer I worked hard to master the ability to shoot without using a light meter. Although this takes years of practice, I will try to show you the way to take pictures without setting everything on auto. I will also tell you what kind of light to expect on the day as well as why I can't stand Auto ISO.

I also mastered prime lense photography primarily using rangefinder cameras but also SLRS. I will tell you which lenses you should bring and how to set up your camera for the kind of photography we will be doing.

I have also studied the works of many masters and settled on those whom I want to emulate in my own photographic style. I will share my ongoing journey with you and help you to begin your own. This exercise is very much like learning to be a musician. Before you start improvising, it is better to have a solid foundation based on technique and familiarity with prior work.

With regard to composition, I studied paiting when I was a kid, my Mom was an ikebana flower arranger and my Dad was a great photographer. I know I was able to absorb plenty of in my formative years. Many folks consider the development of a "photographic eye" to be the most difficult part of learning photography. I have definite thoughts on how to get away from looking at it as a technical exercise and turning it into a an endeavor of the heart, one dominated by your right (organic/holistic) as opposed to left (linear) brain lobe. I will also explain what I think makes a good picture and what makes a great picture.

I consider it imperative for the photographer to have a basic understanding of the subjects he or she is photographing. This is where my cultural and historic expertise comes in. I structure my photo walks as would a regular cultural tour. You are going to shoot better photographs when I tell you what it is you are looking at and why I think it is important. If you go on your own following an Instagram list, with all due respect, it will be a very tall order to replicate the added nuance I deliver. Your outing will informed by the detailed information that I will pass along to you. Your photographs will tell a story that you will be able to confidently relate following your departure.

Finally with regard to post processing, I am happy to share with you my own stylistic approach. I love the work of Ansel Adams, who was strictly a film photographer. He always said that time in the darkroom was more important than shooting the photograph. If you want to be serious about your photography, you need to learn how to process your images. While this is beyond the scope of a photo tour, I am happy provide a few pointers to help you get on your way.

That is my approach in a nutshell. It is not the only approach by any means. But when you are with me you are not sitting in a class room. You are not paying me for for a lecture.

What you can count on is a memorable day and plenty of learning by doing!

WB7

PS: If you are interested, I can also arrange for your images to be printed by the best photographic print artist in Hong Kong, my good friend Danny Chau of Chau Digital.

 

     

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Don't forget to ask me about a raw street photography adventure on the streets of Old Macau. Macau is a wonderful city rich in history, street culture and photographic opportunities.

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Penne is an awesome landscape photographer and hopefully, following our walk together, she will add street photography to her standard repertoire!

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  Documenting the streets of Sham Shui Po...

Documenting the streets of Sham Shui Po...

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Stalking the decisive moment on the Streets of Hong Kong!

  I photograph to see what something looks like photographed.--Gary Winogrand

I photograph to see what something looks like photographed.--Gary Winogrand

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On Night Photography Tour...

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Image mashup by WilliamBanzai7

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