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.
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 half the time it took him to get eight just get the first one here! Anyway, here are some that I filed – apart from the last one, which I felt a bit too in your face 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.
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.
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.