Freshly Pressed! Oh my!

Daily Journals

Before Today
My blog as many of you who have been following is about me and my life in Hong Kong. And lately my new passion ‘Street Photography’ had got me motivated to go out and shoot photos. I think I have terrible photos from time to time (I admit). I even have them posted as to display for my hobby-sake. It’s also a good progress indicator of how I was in time stream. Photograph is nothing if it’s unseen by anyone. Each and everyday I checked on my blog stat – about 40-60 hits per day (topped at 124 last month). That’s really not bad at least someone searched for images and got them interested enough to check it out.

Today
I slept in as usual. I heard a few notification sound from my cellphone of a few usual bloggers liked my post last night shortly after posting. That’s about it. Until I woke up in the morning. I checked my Whatzapp messages from my buddy then my new email notifications…there were 95 new emails sitting in my mailbox. Holy crap what happened?!

I did it! After 4 months of posting, my post ‘People of To Kwa Wan‘ got featured in WordPress as their Freshly Pressed post. I think I was as happy as getting a date. hehe…

I don’t like bragging and taking things as granted, that’s just not me. I appreciate things and people. I’ll start thanking WordPress (whoever picked my post), Galaxy S2, Google Map, and my Ricoh GRD camera. Without my phone and a GPS guided map, I would get lost. My compact camera had done an excellent job being my assistant, capturing the things i wanted to document. And the WordPress monitor who finally picked out my blog at the right time. I did not have enough good posts any time earlier than yesterday. I also want to thank all the fellow bloggers who had followed me in these past few months. Their ‘likes’ had kept me moving.

After Today
I think this is a great stepping stone for me to blog meaningful stuff of my home. I can photograph things I wanted to photograph. With my blog to show it to all of you around the world. It’s a very huge motivation as well as recognition for my future posts.

Photography is my hobby, something I enjoy doing without pressure. In fact, I want to improve and be someone who’s knowledgeable in this genre. I feel like I just took off from the starting point and beginning my journey. I’ll continue capture the moments of what I see each and every day. It’s been a great pleasure to report lives of my city, Hong Kong!!!

For the time being, you may browse my picked posts:

Thanks everyone who had visited, commented, liked my post. I sound like I just won an Oscar Nominee. Alright, good night, good day!

A foggy, misty, rainy week

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The minor and yet scattered rain showers sums up the week. Rain and water are the worst enemy in our normal photographic gear. It doesn’t matter your camera is weather sealed or not. You still don’t want your gear to get wet. Fortunately, the rain wasn’t heavy at all. There were times I needed to put my camera back in my bag. And I actually had to stop by somewhere with shelter – the coffee shop. A great cup of latte got me going and believe or not. It brightened up the skies (although there were still clouds).

Worker hoping the rain would stop soon
Worker hoping the rain would stop soon
City cleaner geared up for light rain
City cleaner geared up for light rain
Man pulling a pallet of goods in the rain
Man pulling a pallet of goods in the rain
A couple, an umbrella
A couple, an umbrella
Live movie trailer of 失戀33天 (Break Up after 33 Days).
Live movie trailer of 失戀33天 (Break Up after 33 Days).

This week I made a serious mistake or I guess it’s my habit too. I brought two cameras with me and what’s even worse was, I took my GW-2 wide angle conversion lens with me…When I had my G3, I tend to bring my lenses out and switch when I need to. Problem is I tend to think too much about what focal length, lenses to go with. It distracts my shooting so much. Until yesterday I realized and I would commit not to repeat the mistake. It’s so irony that this pops up when I was reading others’ blogs (wasn’t searching).

“The more equipment you take, the less pictures you’ll take” – Jay Maisel

Now I know it’s time to change and avoid.

Spring Lantern Carnival (元宵節)@ TST, Hong Kong

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Today is the Spring Lantern Festival. Traditionally in the old days, Chinese enjoy the day by going out to see different kinds of candle illuminated paper lanterns, answering quizzes hanging on the lanterns, hanging handwritten wishes on trees, etc. Up to this day, not too many are doing so, at least our generation in HK. Now our generation enjoy only parts of it, the stuffed sweet dumpling is a very good example. It’s a dumpling form in ball shape made with ground sticky rice, on the inside it’s usually stuffed with sweet black sesame or peanut filling. They’re good. And i’ve no idea why this year I’d been craving this since January.

I’ve brought my X100 out and wished to capture some moments. And I sure did. Although some shots were still affecting by the parallax…hmm..hate it. I had to crop it in order to hide it..

The Spring Lantern Carnival took place in Tsim Sha Tsui. It was easy for me to get there after work – Star Ferry. Costumed Sailors are my favorite candid portrait target.
Star Ferry Sailor
I have to say I’m more comfortable shooting candid photo then I was two months ago. Part of it because of my Ricoh – my thinking is, if i could do it with my GRD; why not my other cameras. I kept trying and improve the speed when framing. Focusing with X100 is a tad slower, really have to either do a AE lock before hand or framing my shot dead on quick.

Underground construction @ the symphony of star
Across the Victoria Harbor off I go, to TST – Symphony of Star. There’s this huge docked ship doing some kind of construction underwater. I thought I was the only one that’s intrigued.
Tourists enjoyed it very much. The Hong Kong Board of Tourism can somehow think of a construction theme park to attract tourists?!
Tourists enjoyed it too! Are we seeing a potential on huge construction related theme park?? Instead of having Mickeys and Minnies popping out from time to time, how about some yellow Caterpillars banging and swinging!!
eye to the IFC from the Underground construction @ the symphony of star
There were booths showcasing some lost chinese art
handcrafted toy master or artist as it says..
On the center stage, there were performance. The seating area require an early booking so I was enjoying myself from the back instead. Spotted this lady in costume about to take the stage with the others, she seemed nervous.
nervous performer at the backstage
It’s almost a must do in HK. Dragon dance.
Dragon Dance rehearsing in the crowd
On the other stage, there were Chinese Opera performance with live musician. It’s my first time seeing live. I saw Violin and not erhu. Maybe there’s a erhuist somewhere..just difficult to spot it at night.
Chinese Opera musician
This is what Chinese Opera looks like. The performers paint their face to pink and white.
Chinese Opera open air stage
Lay my hand on a bright lit tree
It’s so beautiful and couldn’t help touch it.
Lanterns from above
This concludes this year’s carnival. Not enough booths and activities. And where’s the food at, serve the sweet dumplings at very least…food attracts people = me.
The X100 ISO seemed strange tonight. Some photos really didn’t require ISO 6400 or i should say above 3200 to get the shutter speed i want. I forgot to see the WB to auto-p not sure if it effects anything..i really don’t think so. Experienced a locked up…had to take the battery out to shut it down. Further testing needed.