Come in PILOT 22

by David Wallace April. 04, 2020 368 views

KENNEDY TOWN, HONG KONG: I'm fascinated by the small red and white pilot boats that I see pretty much anywhere I'm by the water in Hong Kong.

Pilot Boat number 22 approaching Kennedy Town on the far west of Hong Kong Island. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Pilot Boat number 22 approaching Kennedy Town on the far west of Hong Kong Island. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

I don't know how many there are, but I imagine a large port like Hong Kong needs a lot. I've seen number '1' once on a rainy evening just off TST. Here's number 22 on a blustery afternoon approaching Kennedy Town.

Pilot Boat number 22 touching base at Kennedy Town on the far west of Hong Kong Island. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Pilot Boat number 22 touching base at Kennedy Town on the far west of Hong Kong Island. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

I'll soon be setting up the Hong Kong Pilot Boat Spotting Club (HKPBSC), an exclusive club with a membership of 1. Anything requiring a six letter acronym is always going to be pretty niche!

Pilot Boat number 22 departing Kennedy Town on an unknown assignment. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

Pilot Boat number 22 departing Kennedy Town on an unknown assignment. Olympus OM-2n | Zuiko 1.2/50 | Kodak TMax 400

I've never had much luck with marine scenes on B&W film. As I recall the OM-2 was metering pretty wildly, so I went with an arbitrary 125th/f4 and hoped for the best, which seems to have worked.

Next time - colourful boats in colour!

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