Located in the Aberdeen Harbor in the southern district of Hong Kong, a varied collection of junks, sampan and other water vessels are home—and work—to nearly 6,000 Chinese fishermen and their families. During the 19th Century, Aberdeen was one of the primary fishing ports in Hong Kong. Today, the boat dwellers have steadily declined as nearby fisheries have put pressure on the small fishing community. An active tourism economy brings visitors to these calm waters for dining (e.g. Jumbo Floating Restaurant) and great photo opportunities.
The Tanka people mainly inhabit the harbor that also serves as a typhoon shelter during raging storms in the South China Sea. While sometimes referred to as the boat people, the Tanka are in fact marine boat dwellers and unrelated to the Vietnamese refugee boat people of the 1970s.
These images are standard, single exposure photos taken with my Canon 50D using a 28-135mm lens. No HDR processing was used in these photos. I shot most of these with a wide aperture (f4.0 – f5.6), fast shutter and auto ISO setting. I performed the processing with onOne PhotoTools and Photoshop. I used Nik Silver Efex 2.0 to create the monochromatic image with selective colorization—a great new feature! Check out more of my photos from Aberdeen on Flickr.