In 2012 I was stopped in the street in Mong Kok as they stalls in Ladies Market where being packed away many hours before usual closing by the local press.  They asked me what I thought of typhoons.  My response was more an personal observation that the city goes to sleep.  All the boats go into typhoon shelters.  People spend time catching up on their sleep as schools and offices are closed.  Public transportation all except the red-minibuses and the die-hard taxi drivers keep running.  When I was first shooting time-lapse I thought I needed to include typhoon footage as they are really are very much a part of life in the summer in Hong Kong.  After the shoot I discovered that other than bands of rain and moving clouds it was not the footage that met my high standards.  What I did discover over the next few years was that if there was a storm in the area I would do almost anything to get out and shoot.  This can extend for a few days either side of the typhoon.

Shooting typhoons does come with a risk and that even includes chasing the ultimate image of the typhoon sunrises and sunsets.  The sleep cycle around typhoons involve early mornings.  For Cheung Chau I was on the 4:00 am ferry so I had to leave home around 3:15.  The hike to the shoot location was another 45 minutes.  I was there till about 10:00 am.  Then it was back home to recharge the batteries for the four cameras and dump about half a terabyte of images.  All this is done knowing that the sunrise could be nothing spectacular.  Later that afternoon I was off to the next location and that lasted for a couple of days.  So that makes me like the locals enjoying some extra sleep as the winds blow and rain is often vertical.

My locations are all based on past shoots, present sunset or sunrise locations, a vision of something I want to capture in my mind first and foremost.  They are not easy as some come with inherent risks.  One shoot I had planned to be in a location on a Sunday while a typhoon was in the area.  I had set-up one camera at location one while setting up camera two at the next location I slipped down a tree I had not climbed.  It resulted in a few lost heart beats, a nasty cut on my leg that would require thirteen stitches.  So determined to get to the next location to set-up the last two cameras I asked for them to skip the local anesthetic as I was in a race against time and light.  With the shoot at Tsing Yi Island that’s always a challenging location as one has to carry one’s kit about an hour up many stairs and also down some more.  Walking up in the dead of night, with high humidity adds to the fun.  Carrying enough fluids and food to recharge for trip back just adds to the challenge.

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Over time my time-lapse shooting has made me absorb more of the full scene.  This is why many of my images are large panoramic images. Often a single frame does not show the whole effect of the experience.  My work is very much trying to capture the essence and drama that is Hong Kong.

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