This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of time. We'd like to expand this idea to other locations and would appreciate any suggestions for a future project.
Our hearts go out to the families of Markus Praxmarer who lost his life while climbing Half Dome on September 19th, 2011 and Ranger Ryan Hiller, who was crushed by a tree January 22nd 2012. They will be missed. (A photo of Ranger Ryan Hiller can be found to the right, above the statistics counter)
I remember when I first arrived in Hong Kong almost a decade ago, I felt like I had walked into an actual movie set. It was a place that I had only seen on TV as a kid, with its strange red taxi’s, odd stop lights and driving on the other side of the road.
My intent with this project was to illustrate the grandeur of Hong Kong that most people would never get to see. When I had recently watched the movie Oblivion, it had somehow starkly reminded me of Hong Kong, with the feeling of being so insignificantly small -- almost irrelevant to my surroundings. Hong Kong is an unbelievably dense city, where much of the world can be accessed at your fingertips. But in a city where you can access the material world in a matter of seconds, it also has the ability to isolate you from the 8 million people around you as well.
With this piece, I hope that you are able to engage in this contradiction.
Track: M83 - Waking Up
Inspiration: Oblivion Movie
Andrew Tso, for a good time in Hong Kong, and makes cameo at 1:53. tsotography.com
Tom Ryaboi, for the technical editing expertise. tomryaboi.com
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon T2I
Lenses: Sigma 8-16mm, Samyang 8mm, Sigma 30mm, Canon 50mm
A farewell love letter to the city I have called my home for the past six years.
Shot on the Sony RX100.
Edited and color graded on Final Cut Pro X.
Lightly applied the Color Grading Central CineLook plug-in on most well-lit shots.
Utilized the CarrySpeed CPL MagFilter on some daytime shots.
Big thanks: Jeff Emerson, Pukka Films (pukkafilms.com) & Pebble Beach Systems.
Having missed our return flights, Fergus Dingle (http://tiny.cc/dnf3z) of Pukka Films and I tried to slow time in order to make the most of a free afternoon in HK. Naturally I left my 7d running to document our efforts.
Canon 70-200mm IS L F/2.8
Canon 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5
Canon 50mm F/1.4