Five minutes for attempted world domination
Despite being one of the busiest and cramped places on the planet, Hong Kong really is a beautiful place. Getting out on the water lets you get away from the smog that drifts in from China and appreciate the greenery that still exists away from the towering skyscrapers. I was on a boat coming back into shore and the sun was beginning to set. Light was fading and I didn't have my 1.4 lens on me, so I started playing with some perspective shots while I could still reasonably hand hold shots. An empty water bottle made for an opportunistic subject with the sun setting in the background.
f/5.6, 1/640th sec, ISO 200
My company Christmas party had one of those faux casinos where you play for chip count. The party company that was hired got all dressed up in tux shirts and brought blackjack, roulette, baccarat and craps tables. I noticed the mirrors on the sides of the craps table and saw how the reflections of the contents of the table made for an interesting viewpoint. I got down to the viewpoint of the mirrors and snapped this shot when the dealer was pushing some chips to the lucky winner.
f/1.8, 1/500th sec, ISO 1600
Sometimes in nature, you stumble upon something cool. Something that just so happened to line up perfectly into a neat shot that you managed to take. Whether it's a bird landing gracefully on top of the water or a bright flower growing amonst a contrasting background, you silently praise the photography gods as you try to capture the moment.
Other times, you fake it. This was one of those times. I was wandering around Barnet Marine Park with my camera and saw a small little stream emptying into the inlet. Leaves had fallen off of a nearby tree and a small bit of inspiration hit me. I took one of the leaves, dipped it in the water to get a few beads on it and lined it up on one of the rocks. Sometimes you gotta make your subjects cooperate.
f/4, 1/500th sec, ISO 200
When I went on a trip to New York, one of the things I wanted to do was take some photos at Grand Central Station. The architecture of the place is pretty neat, but as I was waiting for my parents on the steps in the main lobby, an idea came to me. All of the people milling about weren't moving that fast, but there were enough people standing around that a long exposure would leave ghostly streaks around them. The result after about a dozen attempts is below.
I like how the people staring into their phones stand out amongst the streaks around them. It's like a commentary on the current place of technology in our soci-ahahahahahahaha I couldn't type that with a straight face.
f/8, 2 sec, ISO 200