Sham Shui Po - Fish Market

by David Wallace April. 01, 2020 478 views

SHAM SHUI PO, HONG KONG: I was drawn in by the steady stream of locals pushing through a beguilingly narrow entrance. Stumbling into it I wasn't ready for what was inside the fish market...

Knife Skills -- Fish vendor inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Knife Skills -- Fish vendor inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

A mildly ichthyophobic man simply has no place in a fish market. Especially one where things which have been sliced in half continue to jump and slither! It's hard to explain the visceral nature of a proper wet market in full swing. It is easy to explain though that its far, far, worse if you happen to be wearing sandals. Especially wearing them properly, without socks.

Reaching Out -- Fish vendors attracting some interest  inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Reaching Out -- Fish vendors attracting some interest inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

My OM-4Ti partnered with a fast 1.2/50 Zuiko lens was the ideal combination.

Concentrating on the task in hand, spot metering was the way to go in the challenging light. Kodak's TMax 400, the fastest film I had, provided *just* enough headroom.

In the end to counter the busy environment, I simply set the elegantly simple metering system to memorise a value and shot with that.

Shouting Out -- Fish vendor sales tactics inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Shouting Out -- Fish vendor sales tactics inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

It was a lot of fun though in the end, and the vendors were very obliging!

Counting Up -- Assessing the day's take inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po,Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Counting Up -- Assessing the day's take inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po,Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Catch of the day --  inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Catch of the day -- inside the wet market in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Olympus OM-4Ti | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

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