Tsing Yi is not far away from the Hong Kong island. I’d only been there once when I was a kid. It is an island just across the west side of Kowloon. It’s a huge island. My childhood impression to it is quite similar to Tsuen Wan. It’s an island full of industrial/warehouse buildings. Other than that it’s also a residential district.
Everything had changed after the MTR passes through Tsing Yi. It has a decent shopping mall at the MTR station with some major franchise shops that I’d visit, such as Zara, Uniqlo.
Today, my destination was the Waterfront Promenade. It was one of those challenging places for me to do my photography. I always get carried away with the spectacular scenery and forget about I demand for human presence in it. Today I had been staying conservative and not going up to people. Part of it was because there’s just lots of space and people scattered all over the promenade. I should put it this way, I do not want to look suspicious (it’s clearly a problem there). I felt like a stalker as I was walking behind a father with two kids on a bridge. The father held their hands as I approached..I wasn’t even looking. So I could felt people on the island are rather defensive. Another encounter was I shot a few folks fishing, they said ‘what are you shooting at?’. And even a pair of police constable came up to me and checked my ID, as I was walking from one end of the promenade. Am I not very good at blending in? Or should I get a better haircut?
A bright sunny day today. A great day to find shadows to shoot with, that’s what I thought…it turned out not really. One thing I learned today is, i must bring my sunglasses with me. I couldn’t see crap.
Besides the waterfront, I also wandered into the public estates. Nothing special at all, so I went back to the waterfront. It’s a good exercise I’d walked for 2 hours nearly non-stop, and sweated much under the sun.
Some photos I took today was strange without processing. I always have the feeling of insecure – that the photos are not as strong without faces (mostly from the back). They looked pretty good in colors but much of it is the blue sky and the water. The two dominate colors overwhelms this set. So b&w is one way to solve the problem. They actually turned out okay…just fine!!
Another issue is, to go from the zone focus to manually focusing on a subject was a bit problematic. The manual focus line on the viewfinder was so big. I often missed the focus. I tried to shoot vary in distance and didn’t to switch between auto and manual. And when there’s nothing in focus (even the focus is off by little), it’d be difficult to salvage from it (frustrating…Fuji…).