• Annie Yuen

My first photography challenge - Hong Kong Tram

Hong Kong Tram is the oldest transportation in Hong Kong, which started since 1904. Since the entire ride runs along the west to the east side of Hong Kong Island, it becomes one of the popular photographer activity especially for travellers. I think it's also because it is travelling at the speed of 40 kilometres per hour, so it's slow enough to think and shoot compare to other transportations in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Red Tram
This is what Hong Kong Tram looks like

Upper deck inside the Tram
Interior of the Tram at the upper deck

My plan was to capture some daylight, magic hour and night view. So, I chose to start around 4:30pm. It was a Thursday and the sunset is at around 5:50pm that day. I got on at the Kennedy Town station even it was going to the Causeway Bay direction only. I planned to switch to the Shau Kei Wan direction tram midway. I sat at the back of three Tram at the upper deck so I would know what's coming and think and shoot.

Back of a Tram
Back seat of the Tram around Central area

The sky was a bit hazy that day, so I couldn't get much of the blue sky as planned. I put on a blue gradient filter so I could get a bit of blue on the sky. It turns out pretty okay. It gave me a feeling of Los Angelas instead of Hong Kong in this picture. I guess it's just the palm tree that reminds me of Los Angelas.

Sky at around 5:00pm in Hong Kong
Near Sai Ying Pun area

While I was taking photos in the Tram, I was aware that the space between the trams side by side were just around 10cm apart, so I made sure myself did not get out of the Tram at all time. Since I had limitation of space I got, I surprisingly explored the windows are great for framing my photos and especially night time, it reflects some beautiful lights that fit my aesthetics a lot. Here are few that I like.

Taking building photos in the upper deck of the tram gave me different perspective in my photos as well.

Although I was unable to capture the magic hour during this tram ride, I got a lot of nice night photos.

Causeway Bay
Do you think Causeway Bay is like New York's Times Square area?

For the next photography tram ride, I will start from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town around sunset hours as the west side of Hong Kong Island has more open views and able to see more sky and sea, which I believe I can get some magic hour sky.

After this challenge, Hong Kong Tram just becomes my scouting transportation along the Hong Kong Island tram route. It is also my down time to think and force me to take the city in slower pace.