Hong Kong Trails of Lights and Movements

2013-04-02

Explore through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong using long shutter speeds to capture the trails of lights and movements of cars and people.

Hong Kong is known for its busy streets, so why not explore the heart of the city through the lens of your favourite lomography camera? Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) is an urban area located in southern Kowloon, which is home to major tourist areas, shopping malls and restaurants. On a sunny day, the streets of TST are filled with people and it is the perfect opportunity to capture this urban scene.

Coincidentally, one of the most dynamic and longest thoroughfares in Hong Kong, Nathan Road, is also situated in the area. This is the ideal location to capture the busy transport passing by. The endless traffic that surpasses by is convenient for photographers to capture long trails of light in an open urban space.

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When you are satisfied with your shots, you can wonder into the several smaller roads that deviate from the main road itself. A popular location is Granville Road, which has several crossroads along the way. This is perfect when you want to capture busy traffic in all directions. Indeed, there are pedestrian crossings, so pedestrian movement can be captured as well in the same location.

Camera:
Any analogue camera will do! (Embedded photos – La Sardina)

Films:
Any film you want to use! (Embedded photos used – Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (35mm), Lomography CN 400, Lomography Color X-Pro Sunset Strip 100)

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Technique
Long exposure shots taken at the mentioned locations gave great outcomes. The camera was set to bulb mode so that long shutter speeds could be performed. However long the shutter button is pressed for, is the amount of time the shutter is open for. It is essential to be aware when the subject of your shot is passing by, whether this may be cars or pedestrian. Once your subject is in place, at the side of the frame, it is when you should press the shutter. This allows the subject to move towards the center of the frame.

Best results are shown with about 3 seconds open shutter for cars at a busy road but can get up to 6 seconds to achieve defined light trails. For long exposures of people walking, it is suggested that you use an open shutter for 2 seconds as it gives the best outcomes and less room for error.

From experience, it is best to place your camera on a stable object, for example railings on the street, so that your camera is stable to avoid creating a blur.

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Another tip: It does not matter whether it is broad daylight or the flourescent night life, just as long as your camera settings are right and you are capturing dynamic movement, the photograph will end up looking great!

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