|Happy Chinese New Year!|
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
|Christmas Eve, Central, Hong Kong|
I shot the picture during my outing on Christmas eve (that's last night), wandering around after our Christmas dinner, watching the bright and colorful Christmas lights, and feeling the excitement of the patrons to the crowded carnival fair. The colorful lights from the carnival was particularly attractive at this vantage point and I couldn't help but stopped and pulled out the camera to take this picture.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
|Victoria Harbor, Looking from Kowloon side|
While we love fireworks, we never looked beyond the glamours of the few seconds of the life of a firework. What really happened is we send a huge blob of explosive into mid-air and let it explode in a pre-designed sequence to reveal the layers of colors when the different chemicals were ignited. Other than the bright colors, they were the same as bombs - period. What happens after a bomb exploded is huge plumes of smoke and awfully pungent smell. But we all looked beyond that.
This was what really happened after 20 minutes of continuous fireworks. It took over an hour for the smoke and whatever residual to dissipate. But of course, by the look of this picture, it wasn't looking so bad either.....
Sunday, November 20, 2016
This picture was taken with a phone, so excuse the focus error. I would not hesitate to use this picture as a classic demonstration in composition. The face of the dog is symmetrical along the diagonal from top left to bottom right, the light colored mat is square to the frame, even the pattern is matching. The hing leg give a break to the otherwise too structured composition, making this a good study in composition.
Life ground to a leisurely pace on this Sunday afternoon, here at a local loading dock. This was supposed to be a cargo loading/unloading area but every weekend it was turned into a place of leisure because of the unobstructed panorama of the harbor.
Everybody found his/her own way of enjoying the breathtaking vista - one won't notice it until when this was taken away from them -- not that it's going to happen anytime soon, "I'm just saying...", so to speak.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Sometimes we should take pictures of our mundane life just to record it, so that when things changed, we have a record of the past. And sometimes mundane pictures may not be uninteresting to your audience -- it really depends. Like this picture, it's a very "everyday" scene in our place but for people who don't live in a hilly city like ours, the picture would at first cast confusion.... until you realize that this was taken on a street going steeply downhills.....
Okay, everyone has his/her own take of the supermoon, so here's mine. I took it right out of my window when the moon was rising. I could not miss it, it's such a majestic sight -- a big bright orange blob amongst the highrise buildings. I was lucky that the path ran through the gap between the buildings, and I could get part of the instantly recognizable building in the frame, bringing some location reference to the scene Or put it in other words, I wasn't compositing the picture. In fact, taking the picture was more a personal thing than sharing a rare sighting. I didn't plan the shooting, but when I saw the scene, I knew that I have to take it. It took me all 2 minutes to put together the necessary gears and started shooting, before the moon rose too high and out of the context. I shot several frames, and went to the computer to start processing the image -- there simply isn't enough dynamic range to have to moon with the "real" color while revealing some of the "adjacent" buildings. Fortunately with some tweaks, I was able to post the picture around 7:00pm, just a few minutes after taking the shot.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
|The splash of colors at Aberdeen Street|
|The decaying door|
|Children's playground 2|
|My favorite spot|
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
|Li River at 6:30AM|
This picture was made-do with camera on a boulder, a 30 seconds exposure in this almost complete darkness before dawn. I could see nothing out of the viewfinder (of a DSLR), and there was no live-view (I wonder if live-view would help). Anyway, I figured instead of sitting here waiting for the first light, I rather do something, and this is the "something".
Saturday, October 10, 2015
|Hebe Heaven, from the air|
Sunday, September 27, 2015
These two pictures were taken in two different days, although not many hours away. I was in the area, attending a mini-concert in the palace in the evening. When I passed by the pond and the statue, the setting sun was in its perfect hue, but I had only my phone with me. Fortunately my phone camera was one of the better ones, and I was able to carefully control the exposure to my liking. Then next morning, I passed by the same place to see the palace, not only the concert. I had the picture from the previous evening on my phone, and I came up with this idea of shooting the same scene at completely different time of the day. I took a look at the picture on my phone, and just tried capturing another one at the exact same angle. I must admit I fluke out this time, the vantage is exactly the same (for such casual and hurried shots), and they came out quite interesting......
|Inside the Schonbrunn Palace|
Saturday, May 23, 2015
|Steveston Harbor, Richmond, BC, Canada|
This is why I love photography -- this is a picture I am very unlikely to take again -- I stumbled upon this place at a most unlikely time, chances that I would go to that same place at a similar time of the day is... very unlikely, unless I took all the trouble to make the trip.... I'm now 6000KM away from this place.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
|Sunset in color|
|Sunset in B/W|
In the last post, I commented that "the picture won't work in color".
Here I have two exactly same picture -- one processed in B/W and the other in it's original color (yes, I post processed, so the colors aren't original).
Which one works better? -- I guess it really depends on preference....
I'm still debating..... no answer for myself yet. Maybe I should work harder on processing the B/W file, there're so much to handle......
The top picture taken with an aps-c sensor camera, as can be seen with a much shallower depth of field at F2.0. I used the much whiter florescent light from the shop on the left to emphasize on the yellowish street light, and putting it in focus to create the dreamy effect of the street at night.
The bottom picture taken with the only thing I had with me -- the phone. It's not a slouch, it's the Nokia 1520. I composed, out of my memory, with the same viewpoint of my previous picture, but I had no control over the exposure parameters, but there isn't much point anyway. However, I post-process this file much more heavy-handedly than the previous one.
The bottom line.... I believe either picture has its own appeal, and I like them both.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
|A cat crossing the street|
Thursday, April 30, 2015
|At the pier (3)|
|Third Street in the afternoon sun|
It is square, and
It has the most prominent things I want in the picture.
That's also my problem with the 16M pixel cameras -- I may not be able to have so much room with cropping, compare to the 24M pixel cameras, but of course that's BS, 'cos I use to work with 12M pixel cameras...........
|At the pier|
Does this picture belong to the genre of street photography? What I'm trying to do here is to record the absurd scenery of a bunch of people gathering here at a loading dock trying to take pictures of reflections off the puddle of rainwater that had not yet dried up. While I would not dismiss any legitimate activity which bring people out of their house and enjoy themselves, people are getting to ridiculous places to "take photographs". Maybe in an over-crowed city like ours, we just need to do something different, which turns out to be different for the sake of being different, and as posting on Facebook and Instagram spread, the different thing becomes a not-so-different thing altogether.
Here's another picture:
|At the Pier (2)|
Saturday, April 18, 2015