Man in Macau

A man looks on towards the Sai Van bridge which links Macau with Taipa and Cotai as a Chinese flag (C, red) flaps in the wind in Macau on May 12, 2015. The former Portuguese colony saw its second-worst monthly casino revenue decline of 39 percent year-on-year for March, as China encourages its semi-autonomous territory to diversify from gambling and reins in high-rolling visitors from the Chinese mainland. The fall has mostly been attributed to a corruption crackdown spearheaded by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which has dented the VIP gaming market. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

A man looks on towards the Sai Van bridge which links Macau with Taipa and Cotai as a Chinese flag (C, red) flaps in the wind in Macau on May 12, 2015. The former Portuguese colony saw its second-worst monthly casino revenue decline of 39 percent year-on-year for March, as China encourages its semi-autonomous territory to diversify from gambling and reins in high-rolling visitors from the Chinese mainland. The fall has mostly been attributed to a corruption crackdown spearheaded by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which has dented the VIP gaming market. AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Day trip to Macau

A few photos from yesterday’s trip to the Macau observation tower. I was actually in town to cover the Asia Funeral Expo – more on that another time… These people were walking – and then sitting – on the outer rim of the 10th highest observation tower in the world.

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May Day 2015 in Hong Kong

Just a few pics from today for now. I really enjoyed using my trusty 50mm f1.2 again. The focus can be so slow, but when it snaps on, it’s my favourite lens. The last pic was 24mm at f2.8. Will put more up another time…

Photo coverage on quiet days

I’ve been on coverage the past two days and there’s been nothing happening at all. Apart from a a Chinese vase which sold for 15 million USD which I covered today, but that’s literally it. Always find days like this quite a challenge because I like to make the most of being on coverage, but with nothing happening it’s quite hard to just go out and find some pics that are worthy of being filed for the wire. I took the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui to try get something and came back with a few shots. I find them a bit too snappy for the wire, but quite like them at the same time. I chose not to send them in the end but will sleep on it and have another look and decide in the morning.

Art Basel comes to Hong Kong

I thought it was going to be pretty straight forward shooting Art Basel because Philippe made it seem so easy when he went there to shoot some pics before our colleague’s leaving drinks party. He filed 8 photos within an hour of deciding that he would go before the drinks and not during them. They were all damn good as usual. It took me ages to just get the first photo here! Anyway, here are some that I filed – apart from the last one, which I felt a bit too loud for the wire. I quite like it though and kinda wish I had sent it to the desk now. That’s fine though – I guess you should listen to yourself if you’re doubting whether or not to send a picture.

A visitor peers into US artist John Baldessari's

A visitor peers into US artist John Baldessari’s “Beethoven’s Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133″

A visitor looks at works by US/Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez Torres

A visitor looks at works by US/Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez Torres

Visitors crowd around Australian artist Sam Jinks'

Visitors crowd around Australian artist Sam Jinks’ “Untitled (Kneeling Woman)”

A visitor looks at her reflection in an untitled creation by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor

A visitor looks at her reflection in an untitled creation by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor

A visitor drinks a galss of wine in front of Chinese artist Xu Zhen's

A visitor drinks a glass of wine in front of Chinese artist Xu Zhen’s “Light Source – The Origin of the World”

Photo in Daily Telegraph pictures of the day selection

It was a busy Sunday morning at Art Basel, so I had to wait over 30 minutes for someone to lean into this sculpture and then for no-one to to walk past at the same time and spoil the frame. Many people passed by and leaned in quickly but then I’d notice another person just coming into the frame or someone walking out. Two people stood in front of the camera chatting for a few mins while another person leaned in, followed by a huge crowd of people passing by…

Well it worked out in the end. I guess most pictures do if you have the patience and wait long enough. What looks like a quiet peaceful moment lasted only a few seconds before the man in the photo walked off again, so I’m glad I was already holding the camera up and not looking away. Nice surprise to see it in the Daily Telegraph’s pictures of the day feed today.

Taken on Canon 5D III with my favourite lens, the 50mm f1.2.

Walking around town

I was meant to go shoot a portrait of a guy we are doing a story on, but it got cancelled at the last minute so I took some snaps around Sham Shui Po in Kowloon before heading back to HK side to get my ferry. Most were taken with my 50mm f1.2 lens, which I’m loving at the moment. Not easy to get the focus with it due to the massive lens motor, but it makes you slow down when shooting, which can only be a good thing at a time when everything seems to be so rushed.

A photographic vendor testis a camera at his street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A street camera vendor tests an slr at his stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers browse items at a hardware street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers browse items at a hardware street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A vendor sits at her street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A vendor sits at her street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers eat noodles bought from a nearby street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

Customers eat noodles bought from a nearby street stall in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong.

A passenger looking out of a minibus window in the Central district of Hong Kong.

A passenger looking out of a minibus window in the Central district of Hong Kong.

A pedestrian walks on a promenade that runs along Victoria harbour in Hong Kong

A pedestrian walks on a promenade that runs along Victoria harbour in Hong Kong