Leaves, Shanghai

Leaves, People’s Park, Shanghai 2011

Another leaf photo!

I’m not sure the species of tree this is – perhaps maple (it has a 5 finger leaf), but I remember thinking how beautiful it looked. On anything but the calmest of days, closeups are hard to photograph because of subject movement.

I took this photo in People’s Park which is one of the most famous attractions in Shanghai (it was built on the former Shanghai Racecourse – the idea of a racecourse in a downtown area of a city seems extraordinary to me).

Garden, Japan

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Japan 2018

I wander between photographing in squares and rectangles. My squares tend to be more thoughtful, because I’m using an inverted image on a ground glass which is just a slower way of doing things.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, it is beautifully cared for and the staff give the impression that they are very proud of it.

Here, I have shared an image from the gardens, which I rather enjoyed.

Foliage, Tokyo

Tree, Tokyo December 2018

This is a photograph I took in Ueno Park, which is in the centre of Tokyo. If we zoomed out, you would see that Ueno is the distict where the Zoo and National Museum are (a fascinating place as well). It is rather beautiful and manages rich colours, even in the middle of winter.

Although, it feels like a worn phrase, but I think Japan (and the Japanese) is very good at details and little touches.

Open-air Medicine, Shanghai

Shanghai, August 2018

When I visit Shanghai, I tend to stay in the “local” neighbourhoods. The hotels are a bit more basic, but they are definitely cheaper and you can see the street life going on around you.

In this case people would have a consultation on the street, which is different to the “behind closed doors” approach we have where I’m from.

Technical Details. I took this picture on Fuji 400 colour negative film using a Nikon F2 with a 50mm lens. I really like how the colours have come out, the green of the table the black and chrome of the stethoscope.

Locks on a Fence – Hong Kong

2018-10-12-0023This is from a fence outside a nightclub in Hong Kong. What are the locks for? Perhaps for employee lockers (outside the club)?

There was a time when I quite often visited Hong Kong, and my kind of day – would be just wandering around – seeing what was going on.

For the photography buffs, I was using a Nikon F3 with a 50mm lens and some colour print film. Strangely enough, the fence is really sharp, but as the locks stick out – they aren’t. Note to self – stop down more next time! In the whole “digital v analogue” conversation, closeup is much easier with a stabilised lens.