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.
When shooting street, occasionally I encountered a certain decisive moment where the subjects came together and were best suited to be frame in panoramic style. The Hasselblad Xpan is my preferred camera capturing panoramic street photos. The Xpan (bundled with 45mm standard lens) is the most compact size film panoramic format camera. It is less intimidating to the subjects. Secondly the loading and unloading of film on the Xpan is simple, unlike the Mamiya 6 or 7 system, where you have use a special film adaptor in order to in 35mm panoramic format.
Taiwan Jiu Feng (臺灣，九分老街）Click on image for full resolution view
In the seventh month of Lunar calendar, the Chinese community in Penang, Malaysia celebrates the Hungry Ghost Festival. Many believed that during this period the gate of hell is lifted spirits are free to roam the earth seeking for food and entertainment. I took this photo series at a ritual ceremony, where devotees offered prayers to the “大士爺“。 (Leica M, 21mm Elmarit-M, click on the photo for full resolution)
Here is a series of street portraits and photos that was captured with the Olympus E-M1. (click on the photo for full resolution view)
I would like to share a series of monochrome street portraits. These are spontaneous candid shots that were captured at Georgetown World Heritage Site, Penang Malaysia. The photos were photographed using the Leica MP with 35mm Summicron lens.
“Man In the Mirror”
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Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a Hindu ritual event at my hometown. The devotees were wearing bright colour outfits, especially bright yellow clothes. Under the bright morning sunlight, it created a vibrant an colourful surroundings. I have been planning on my personal project of shooting a series of street photos with the motives and subjects of “Vibrant Yellow”. I managed to get a few keeper out of this shooting occasion.
Click the photos for larger and sharper view. (Photos were shot with Leica M with 50mm Summicron”)
The local wet market is my favourite place to do street photography. There is plenty of motifs at the wet market. Here is a series of photos captured with my Leica MP with the 21mm and 35mm lens. (Click the photo for a sharper view)