Towards the end of a very grey day in London, the clouds started to break up as I was overlooking the Shard on the River Thames. Lights from London Bridge cast a golden hue in the foreground with the trace of a tourist boat passing. The tide was dropping fast, exposing the remains of wooden groynes beneath the waters, creating interesting shapes in the river.
Over the Christmas period, I was staying over in Asia. The above view is looking south from Kowloon across Victoria Harbour, at Hong Kong. The skies had been clear blue all day until the critical moment when the sun was about to drop behind the peak. I found a great spot on the crowded harbourside, close to the Star Ferries terminal. Seated by the barrier, whilst other photographers snapped the many boats in the scene, I exposed the shot for over 100 seconds, to blur out all the foreground detail and capture the movement in the clouds instead.
At the end of 2014, I travelled up to Hong Kong from Singapore, where the weather was mercifully cooler than the incessant heat of the tropics. That said, I have never found 15 degrees Celsius so cold.
One morning, I took a gander along the path that runs circumnavigates the Peak, taking in views of Aberdeen Bay on one side with Hong Kong downtown and Kowloon Bay beyond on the other. This shot was taken on Boxing Day. The smog filtered the early rays of sunshine, dirtying the blue sky with hues of brown and grey.
What struck me most was more based about my Western sensitivities. Hong Kong had hardly missed a beat even though we were in the middle of the Christmas holidays. Then again, I do not believe that Hong Kong ever truly sleeps.