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Hong Kong in Tilt-shift

Central street scene, Hong Kong

Last November, I finally bought a DSLR. Although I had toyed with the idea for a long time, it took a small tumble at Niagara to realise that my old Nikon really needed a replacement. On one of my early test runs I decided to try my hand at tilt-shift photography – under the right circumstances the world beyond the lens comes out like a scene in miniature.

These next few shots were taken over two days in Hong Kong’s Central District, squeezed between the harbour and the forested slopes of the Island’s backbone. Here the narrow streets are clogged with traffic and overhanging signboards, but even in such a small area there is always a leafy escape from the frenzied pace of the city.

Overlooking Hong Kong Park

The park was converted in the 1980s from a military cantonment

Subtropical forest meets urban jungle

View from the Central–Mid-levels Escalator

Hollywood Road

Wet market at Gage Street

Land reclamation

In a few years’ time this will be a waterfront park

Across the water, looking to Tsim Sha Tsui

The Star Ferry

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. From the very moment I learned about this technique, I’ve always been interested in it. However, I haven’t made my own tilt and shift photographs. Nice shots, James!

    January 2, 2012
    • Thanks Bama! I’ve found that tilt-shift photography is more convincing when it’s taken from a height – and it’s even better when there are people in view.

      January 2, 2012
  2. Great photos of Hong Kong! I took photos of trams and buses for a recent post as well. I love them!

    January 3, 2012
    • Thank you Deb, I saw those photos you took and instantly recognised the intersection. It’s sheer genius that virtually everything in Hong Kong is double decker; the traffic would be unbearable if it weren’t!

      January 3, 2012

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