November 18, 2018

Street Photography in Hong Kong


A few years ago I spent a summer in Beijing, and my time there was one of the biggest culture shocks I’ve ever experienced. The food, the smells, and the people felt so foreign compared to everything I’ve known growing up in the United States. But as a frequent traveler and lover of the uncomfortable, I knew I wanted to go back and see another city, so when my husband and I found super cheap roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong from San Francisco (thanks Google Flights!) we jumped on it.

Although less so than Beijing, Hong Kong is an overwhelming place if you’re not a city person (and honestly, even if you are). But man, is the city a photographer’s dream. The almost abandoned-looking high rise apartment complexes, the bustling food markets, and the faded colors make for some really fun shooting, so we decided to use the short time we had here to go on a photo adventure. My photography career started out through a love for street photography, and it was so fun getting to be in my element and shoot these cityscapes. Here is what I captured:

Hong Kong is nothing short of a sensory overload. It’s crowded, dirty, cramped, and the food couldn’t feel more foreign. But there’s something about it that mesmerizes you. And I won’t forget what I got to capture through this lens. I hope these images inspire you to see it for yourself, and maybe try your own shot at street photography!

Gear Used:
Sony A7R iii
Sony 35mm 1.4
Zeiss 50mm 1.8
Zeiss 18mm 2.8
Umbrella (to protect said gear haha)

Feel free to ask any questions about how I shot and edited below or on social!

meet the writer

I'm Donna Irene.


A photographer, writer, and educator with a passion for helping people quit the hustle and live filled with purpose. When I picked up
a camera over 10 years ago, I had no idea it would take me around the world getting to photograph for everything from fortune 500
companies, brands, and people like you.

And now that I've been to 40+ countries and counting, I want to
use my talents to inspire others to use their creativity to make the world better. Follow along for resources on authentic travel experiences, sustainability, and building a business with intention.



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