It’s been a whopping 8 months since visiting Hong Kong as the first destination on my epic travelling adventure with my girlfriend. 8 whole months?!
Seriously, time is flying by (no pun intended).
For each of the destinations, I’ve been creating a tonne of photography and video content for personal memories and also to share with you guys, through my Instagram and YouTube channel. The main plan was (and still is) to create a high quality montage from each destination, that would be filmed exclusively on the Sony A7R II along with behind-the-scenes vlogs showing more of our experiences and travel adventures.
All of the vlogs were finished a couple of weeks back and have each been posted on our joint travel blog, Jelly Journeys; along with an updates to my portfolio with the first being my photography from Hong Kong. I’m incredibly proud of everything so far and now that I’m settled in Melbourne, I’ve been able to focus a bit more on the premium quality videos!
All that being said, I’m finally super pleased to share my high quality montage from Hong Kong and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the next one! Check out the video below and then carry on to see some stills from the piece.
As you will have seen, the video features a lot of speed ramping and multiple segments of slo-mo footage. This was a style I was looking to create before I even arrived in Hong Kong, so I’m glad the footage captured has worked well with this technique!
My favourite transition from the whole video is easily this rapid move from way underground on the Hong Kong MTR, to the top of Victoria Peak overlooking the skyline at around 0:19.
All of the shots were manually graded using the Lumetri features of Premiere Pro, to show the beautiful Hong Kong scenes in pure cinematic glory. I generally wanted to convey a slightly deep and moody look, with an optimistic and progressive air about it, to reflect our travel excitement.
You’ll either think that sounds a bit arty and ridiculous, or you’ll agree that it fits quite well!
By far my favourite shot from the whole piece, was this one-take-wonder from Central Hong Kong at night. Starting with a view of a classic sight in Hong Kong—someone pushing a trolley up a hill—to a panning shot that catches an iconic red taxi coming down the road into the bright lights of the city.
Add a bit of speed ramping and it quickly became my favourite shot from the tip!
Among the city sights and epic Hong Kong skyline, the video also features some more natural and traditional sides to Hong Kong. I’m especially pleased with the shots I got in Tai O and at the top of Big Buddha on Lantau Island. Overally I think it rounds off the video to show a wide breadth of beauty from Hong Kong, with centuries of history through skyscrapers, nature and traditional sights.
Read more about our trip to Hong Kong on the Jelly Journeys travel blog, filled with tonnes of photography and a vlog from the whole trip!
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