Snapshot at Taiwan Xi Men Ding

Xi Men Ding is also called as the  “Harajuku” of Taipei. It is a pedestrian shopping haven, the place is packed with shoppers or tourists. It is a good location to do street photography.

During my short stop over at Taipei recently, I decided to shoot some street photos at Xi Men Ding. For this trip, I shot with my Fuji X100T. The X100T is small and compact camera, it allows me to shoot with discreet. Here are a few selections from the trip :

Xi Men Ding is truly a street photography heaven. There is plenty of subjects and motives. I hope you enjoy the photos presented.

 

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Olympus E-P5 Does Street of Taiwan

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan for some business matters as well as some leisure time to do street photography. I brought along the Olympus E-P5 (with EVF2 attached) body and two lens (Olympus 17mm F1.8 and the kit lens 14-42).

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Throughout the 5 days trip, I really enjoyed using the Olympus E-P5 to shoot street. Why ?

1. The system is very compact and not too visible to the subjects or people that I intend to take candid shots. (Click the photos for larger and sharper view)

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2. The autofocus of the E-P5 is fast and accurate especially with the Olympus 17mm F1.8 (equivalent to 34mm) lens. The camera is able to get good focusing on the subject even on a low light environment.

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3. The camera is able to produce superb jpeg files. The files are sharp, rich in color and details.

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Here are the additional photos captured with the E-P5 system:

Street of Taiwan Gallery

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Street Photography in China

I travel frequently to some coastal cities in People Republic of China (China). I discovered that it was tough to do street photography at these places. People are intimidated of being photographed. The following picture illustrates a common reaction by the subjects.

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“Don’t Shoot”

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"I am Shy"
“I am Shy”

“Face of Discomfort” is another common reaction of the subjects.

I even tried to communicate with the subjects by starting a conversation or asked for permission to take photos so that the subjects would not feel intimidated. On many occasions, the moment the subjects realized that I am a street photographer and would like to snap a photo him, the subjects walked away and “disappeared” from my viewfinder.

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Another common reaction illustrated by the following picture; the fruit seller disappeared from the store upon seeing me pointing the lens on her.

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On a few occasion, I do meet friendly people that allowed me to photograph their activities. There was motive for granting me the permission. The following photo illustrated what I mean :

"The Best Biscuit"
“The Best Biscuit”

The very “business-minded” owner was trying to promote his product, the best biscuit in town. After the friendly photo session, I ended up buying a few packs of biscuit. I supposed there is “no free lunch “.

I once met with a fortune teller when I was roaming  around the old alleys of Quanzhou. I saw him seated at the roadside with an interesting gesture. I hesitated to photograph the subject, I fear for unpleasant reaction.

"Fortune Teller"
“Fortune Teller”

The fortune teller upon seeing me he invited me to snap a few portraits of him. He said out loudly in Chinese, “come take a few photos of me and post the photos on the internet so that I would be famous, it will bring me more business….”

Was it the culture of urban Chinese that caused the intimidation ? A man with a camera that capturing photos at street is perceived as somebody from the “big brother” that is potentially “hazarded”. Or I am a lousy street photographer who had yet to acquire the skill of street photography.

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Portraits of Charcoal Factory Workers

Recently I shot a series of portraits of workers at a charcoal factory. The photos were shot using the Leica M with the 35mm Summicron ASPH. I had the intention to use also the a 50mm focal length lens but due to the dusty environment inside the factory I decided not to change lens. (Click the image for sharper resolution)

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Black & White Impression Of An Old Barber Shop

Recently during my business trip to Quan Zhou at People Republic of China (泉州,福建省), I found this very old barber shop at Zhong Shan Street. According to the local, this shop is about 100 years old and during its golden time of 1950’s to 1980’s, the barber shop served many prominent people, including businessmen and political figures.

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Leica MM, Canon 50mm LTM F1.4. ISO 800 1/45
Leica MM, Canon 50mm LTM F1.4. ISO 800 1/45

These days the barber shop is showing signs of dilapidation, the metal on the barber chairs are corroded and the fabric are worn down.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 3200

The master barber was winding down after a hard day’s.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200

During his prime, he used to be a “hot shot” barber serving VIPs who needed to make appointments to get his service.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200

Nowadays the patrons are mostly senior citizens.

Leica M9P, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 1250
Leica M9P, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 1250

Seeing me aiming my camera at her, her spontaneous reaction was to cover up her face. I ended up with an out of focused shot.

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Street of Yangon – Film Series

Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H
“Lock-Up” Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H

During my photography trip at Yangon, I shot a couple of rolls of Fuji Pro 400H using the Leica M7. I mainly shot with aperture priority mode by setting the aperture that I wanted to use. The metering of the M7 is quite accurate. I did not want to bother about doing manual metering by setting both the shutter speed and aperture. When I shoot with film, I tend to shoot very slow. Firstly, film is costly. Secondly, there is no instant review that make you shoot and delete later attitude. I am presenting the 10 best shots out of the couple of rolls that I shot at Yangon. Your comments are welcome.

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"Big News"  Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H
“Big News” Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H
"Trishaw Operator" Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H
“Trishaw Operator” Leica M7 35 Summicron ASPH, Fuji Pro 400 H