This is Hong Kong. Hong Kong photo – graphed from the roof my old flat on Staunton Street. However, this image is more about post production then it is about the actual moment of time when the shutter was snapped.
What’s been done on my computer?
I’ve added color selectively, enhancing the warm tones of late afternoon and attempted to make the buildings a little more jewel- like. But, I also used some tilt and shift software which straightened the buildings and gave the image a slight dream-like appearance.
A couple of years ago I had an assignment to photograph Las Vegas for a travel guidebook. The Wynn was brand new and was still charging a rack rate of over $400 per night for a basic room. The place was packed.
This image was made from the inside, looking out, towards one of the outdoor cafes. I was actually pretty happy with this it because I was able to take my time and work it a bit. Quite often in casinos, it is pretty much run and gun since you aren’t allowed to take pictures of the real money making venture.
And by the way, I just read that Steve Wynn has managed to pay down his development debts. He now owns The Wynn and The Wynn Encore outright. What is he doing with his newly freed cash? Investing in China. He has a couple of new casinos in Macau.
This is another of my older portfolio images. This one was made in Shanghai, on Nanjing Lu, which at the time this was made, had just become a walking and shopping street. While it is every bit as crowded today, there have been many changes. For instance, when I shot this picture you can still see the streetcar overhead wires and the tracks are what I lined this picture up on. Those are gone. Now there are cute, little Disney-like people moving trams.
For a personal point of view, I find this development pretty amazing because the first time I was in Shanghai, in 1988-89, Nanjing Lu was a dark street with no lighting, no shopping, and nothing that could even vaguely be considered modern. It was a scary looking place even though it was perfectly safe.
Today, Nanjing Lu boasts the world’s largest McDonalds.
Once upon a time when I was having a hard time getting started on a shoot, I used to give myself a little assignment called, “what is it like to…” This image was shot through the windows of a speeding New York taxi. So… “what is it like to ride in a New York taxi?” That usually got me going. Sometimes, it even yielded an interesting picture. Sometimes, it didn’t.
This is another selection of images from my one time portfolio. Although the compression software of eBlogger doesn’t do it any favors, it is rather nice image of Hong Kong estate buildings. It has a nice artistic feel to it.
To those of you who haven’t been to Hong Kong, the word estate has an entirely different meaning. In The US, people think of an estate as either a large property or someone’s accumulated holdings. In Asia, an estate usually refers to a huge apartment building.
This image is another motion study. This time the image was made in Hong Kong, on the Kowloon side. It is the entrance the one of the three cross harbor tunnels. Like the first two images in this series, it was part of my portfolio for many years. For the technically minded, it was exposed on Velvia and hand held. I braced the lens against the fence that kept me from falling to the highway below me. In case you are wondering, this is pretty average traffic for a slow night in Hong Kong. During what we would call rush hours, this would be an impossible picture to make because the highway looks like a parking lot.
This is another of my older images. For years it was a signature piece in my portfolio. I made the picture in Times Square. I was trying to show the energy and motion of New York City. The blurred, almost painterly look, succeeds on many levels.
Like the image I posted yesterday, this image was shot on film at a very slow shutter speed with an aperture of f5.6., using a 20mm lens. I am sure of that because that’s how I made pictures like this in those days.
Quite a number of us met on Facebook in what was billed as a toast to slain journalists. I visited with a number of old friends. I thought that this was a use of social networking at its best. That got me thinking about older images and so…
This image was made in Las Vegas as part of an assignment. It is simply the crowd on The Strip being reflected off of a mirrored window. It was a little bit esoteric for the assignment but I used it in my travel portfolio for a long time. I used to tell it editors that it was sort of an Ernst Haas look at Las Vegas. Enlarged to a proper size it makes quite an impact. It is old enough that it was shot on something that we used to call film and then scanned. It is also stored on a Cd rather than on some kind of hard drive or cloud.
Oh yeah. Some of you might not know about Ernst Haas. He was one of the fathers of modern color photography and very influential in my life and career.
Once again, I’m compelled to post a picture that just makes me smile. Hard day over there in Libya, you know? Enough sadness to go around.
These are tiny ballet folklorio dancers getting ready to go on stage at a place called Los Golondrinos which is an historic rancho south of Santa Fe, NM. Some call it a living museum. I call it a tourist attraction. What do you want from me? I’m cynical.