Push to The Limit with Ricoh GRD IV + GW-2: Episode II – Tamar CGC


A very humid and foggy day it’s in Hong Kong. Fortunately, there’s fair amount of wind blowing, made my city architecture shot attempt turned out okay. I brought my portable gorillapod for the shot. This is something I enjoy doing once in a while really. Doing urban lanscape is a very relaxed activity, it’s yet a good dose of ‘photography med’  after a whole week of street photography, hehe..

The place where I went shooting was in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Admiralty really doesn’t have much in it. Mostly a place for offices, 5 star hotels, and a few interconnected shopping malls. And also a whole bunch of bus stops. It’s a ‘gap’ between Central and Wan Chai. It’s only filling in the space. However, it’s an interesting spot for shooting above the highway/streets. There’re bridges all over the place.

I went up to the new Central Government Complex (添馬艦新香港政府總部辦公大樓) podium as it’s opened to the public not too long ago. The CGC is a beautiful place at night. The huge arch-like structure reminds me of the St. Louis Arch.  It’s modern, quiet, I’d imagine it’s going to be a great place for couples dating 😛  I’d…

Central Government Complex (CGC) - 添馬艦新香港政府總部辦公大樓
ISO80 f7.1 6secLight trails on Connaught Road and the SkylineISO125 f8.0 4sec

Central Government Complex (CGC) - 添馬艦新香港政府總部辦公大樓
ISO800 f2.8 1/6sec

The last photo was a bit of a gamble. I didn’t want to push my ISO higher. 1/6sec s. speed handheld. The far away lady added mood to my capture and showing how tiny she’s compared to the building.

It’s proven once again. The 10 megapixel Ricoh GRD IV has the necessary flexibility to achieve shots like these. It’s got enough dynamic range and gosh,..the setup weights only a fraction of a DSLR and perhaps a bit lighter than a mirrorless. Well, mirrorless is another animal, i won’t go there. Most importantly, it’s done with a compact point & shoot camera.

Thanks to the GW-2 21mm lens conversion, i was able to capture the entire block of CGC. Happy shooting with yours too!

2012 (香港龍獅節) Dragon and Lion Dance Extravaganza Parade

Daily Journals, Photography

The last day of 2011 was an awful day for me. I got flu and took some strong medicine. The entire day I was basically on my bed..so as the day after. I got up at 12pm. I got a feeling I felt better. So I worked out a little bit to train myself back in shape again. Being sick at the year end is no joke. I couldn’t do crap and missed out chances to go out. That’s why today I headed out to see the biggest event in Hong Kong. The event was set to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Lion Dance Display. I didn’t attend that part as I was a tad late. The parade took off when I got there. The transportation department closed down a few main roads for this event, that shows the commitment the government have put into it. But the fact is still so apparent, this event was not widely advertised among the media in Hong Kong. There could have been more visitors…

I was goofing around between Central and Admiralty. An international news media group AFP interviewed me about my feelings of this event. To be frank, I didn’t know there were more shows at the starting point prior to the launch of the parade UNTIL I SAW ON TV JUST NOW. I had not too much surprises from just the parade and things. I was standing at a spot which not that many visitors were around too!! Meh..just don’t laugh at me if you ever see me on the news.

I carried my Lumix G3 along with two lenses Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 & Lumix G 20mm f1.7. Some videos were shot with my 25mm, worked out nicely. The wide open apertures allowed me to shoot photos while the performers were in motion without blur all day. I couldn’t but laugh at myself while I saw many were holding a DSLR with tele lenses – oh I’m just using a pancake lens. Pancake = move around easily in the crowd. So I did that with my lid covered.

I’ve not seen that many people in Southorn Playground, Wan Chai. Or I should say i’ve never participated such event. There were tourists looked very delighted with the colorful dragon/lion heads. One thing that I’ve to point out is, there were no english announcements all the way. Perhaps a little intro+instruction in english next time?

Man catching a breath
When you see a dancing dragon/lion is always a happy thing in the Chinese community.
Boy Scouts are helping too
police blocked off a few major roads for this event
one of a kind percussions from Dragon/Lion dance
entering Wan Chai
This dragon has wishes written in cards, stitched onto the body. Bringing everyone luck in 2012.
I love pink. I was wearing a pink under shirt. LOL