舊城

Mobile Phone, Photography

出發前一星期才買下一本旅遊精讀,再起飛前的一天才決定選用當地導遊。 雖然我是自由行,但硏究過若要前去古蹟,最佳的選擇就是用上當地一天遊去齊景點,果然省下了所有要煩的交通和時間分配。

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話說我一直都想參觀像古埃及金字塔、柬埔寨吳哥窟之類滿有神秘感的景物,柬埔寨也曾經在上年五月京都遊決定之前番過好幾頁書。 不過我也有留意過泰國也有不少寺廟,但絕無想過原來曼谷郊區附近叫 ‘大城’ 的地方也有這麼多壯觀的寺廟和佛像。

一個又一個佛像圍着主建築的高塔,建築群也有不同大小的塔和廣場。 雖然這些地方對外開放,但導遊也叮囑要尊重聖地的神靈,不要暴露和拍照時佛像的頭要高過自己的,可見他們國民很尊重佛教。

早上九時出發,大概一小時多的旅遊巴車程,到大城我也開始興奮起來,因為我的確估不到我不只到了泰國的曼谷,也正遊走當地的舊城古蹟。 十年前的我可能只會想若果未來事業有成,我便會怎樣又怎樣,會花錢去和另一半去去旅行,其實旅行原來是一種個人膽色和好奇心的鍛練和突破,根本和事業有成拉不上關係,反正也買不起房子和養不起另一半,我不想這一生在停留在原地,做點對自己有意思的事吧。

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非常感謝2019的自己,踏出了一小步去造出小改變、去忠於自己,一直以來以為不可能的事,其實只是未去開始這些任務。

曼谷風情

Mobile Phone

一個不算很發達的國家,以什麼來招攬遊客呢?

本身在地已有的一切,歴史遺跡、美食、工藝品。 通往鄭王廟的水路碼頭頗為簡陋,基本上是木製的,也沒有太規範的指示,幸好我並不是小數,所以行程算是十分順利。

鄭王廟的建築風格很對稱,修補後的細節更顯得泰國人對宗教的尊重,高高主塔在遠方觀看有著城市地標性的獨特意義; 近觀又有著另一番觀感,純白的主調加插了非常多細節如浮雕、閃亮的顏色碎片,極為讚嘆的視覺體驗。 可能這便是我一直想感受的東南亞異國風情。

我的確放慢腳步細味這黃昏前的一切,這一年來得不易,但踏出了香港去看世界的確真正了解另一個國家的美麗一面。 地方建設可能未有香港的完善,但就不會因為這樣而比較下去活得不好。 溫暖的人心、溫飽的生活才是真正的人生。

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我漸漸地發覺旅遊有如自己的軟件更新一樣,自己的喜好、心態和目的主導了旅程的收穫。

而這些收穫將改變自己回家後的目光,本身不太為意的周邊事物會以另一角度去再理解。

One month with X100 – Episode III: The Colorful Pearl Of The Orient

Photography

Kids fishing

Building

chatter

Fixing pipe

Old man

Candy posing

After the typhoon No.10

Too old to protest

National Education Protest March - No turning left. No moving forward.

Tram Driver in a cockpit stuck in the traffic due to the protest

Watching

Cargo ship

Man Fishing

Sports would not stop during the London Olympic

Classic boat on Victoria Harbor

The Tai Hang community

Camouflage

Indian man

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My balloon

Chefs cooking

Want glasses

Toilet watcher

Thru the umbrella

Couple of things that were significant happened in July. Early last week, a strong typhoon struck Hong Kong. The weather lab had raised the typhoon signal to No.10 (the highest)… last time it happened was 13 years ago. I do not remember it happened though I was in Hong Kong. Besides the snapped trees all over Hong Kong, it had done no major damage.

And this week 90,000 of parents and their children marched on the street, to protest on the National Education subject that will be introduced in the coming school term. An ongoing debate on whether it should be part of a subject in school.

It’s insane of how many parents have come out, while I think many of them were discontent with the current status of government and very likely being mind-controlled by certain political parties. They all chanted ‘stop brainwashing our kids’, ‘stop the brainwash education’. I personally feel the need of such subject in school as to understand more about our motherland. I actually think that the entire education system is out of date. It needs a makeover. I do not understand why there’s so much negativity on National Education among them. The government officials, publishers, authors have total control on what to put on the subject. It’s just that the current guideline is a bit confusing. They just have to work harder to let more teachers, professors involve in the making of this subject. 

Just to be fair, who’s not being brainwashed in Hong Kong.. We were all brainwashed by the Certificate Public Exam (if studied til Form 5), we were brainwashed by the monopoly free broadcasting channel with the low quality crappy dramas/shows/tv celebs, we were all brainwashed and mind-controlled by the biased news media, kids were brainwashed by the pseudo-models in bathing suit, What else??? I fear these have more impact to the children. 

I respect the folks come out to express their own opinion and they certainly have the rights to do so… I just feel that demonstration march is a routine exercise. But I’ve used another perspective to observe the protest – as a commuter. It had caused inconvenience to commuters that weren’t prepared. However, it could be avoided if listen to the news broadcast ahead of time. My dad had expressed the inconvenience caused by the protest, as buses were the only way to get home which services were stopped. The protest demonstration passes through the busy shopping center – Causeway Bay.

Lately, I’d been viewing photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Webb. It’s funny how some master’s photos are more like a fine art and some aren’t so much in my book. Of course, everyone has their own aesthetic or interpretation. I have used my own interpretation to under the composition of Alex Webb’s photos and perhaps come up with my own. I have no intention in imitating. I’m only exploring the possibilities in doing so. It’s really fun to do it his way. His photos are like puzzles. Requires more than just one second to ‘read’ his photos, I think that’s what’s critical about his photography. He captures the scene with people doing their own thing, lining up nicely. The scenes he captured are usually so rich in theme and COLORFULLY presented.

That brings to my next point, my Episode II and III are both in colors. It’s exactly what you’re thinking. Many of my photos were shot on a fine sunny day. The colors were rich, contrasts between the warm sunlight and shadow were strong, I had images taken under both ideal conditions. I have to present them in bold colors. I think when subjects are in focus, they look great in color. If not, easiest way to get away with it, is to present it in b&w.

I’m starting to realize when I want to shoot photos in colors, I need to also think about the composition on how it’s going to affect on my photo. I’d try to include similar or contrasting colors in the frame. It also encourages me to check the white balance during post processing. It doesn’t matter how a camera is rendering the color images. At the end, we still take most control of the colors of an image. I have just learned about the temperature/tint adjustment today. It helps a lot in my photo presentation in color. Love it!

I do not ever take sides on either black&white and color. I do not feel the need of picking a side, or just yet. Going both ways help me understand and appreciate the presentation of an original image. Over this month, I found managing the inaccurate exposure of an image in b&w is far easier than in color (I don’t ever shoot in RAW, perhaps that’s the reason).

I also see why the film photography folks love about film. Even photos are not in perfect focus, the blurred photo would not exaggerated by the ugly noise. And the blurred area is as smooth as cream. Versus a blurred photo in digital. It’s very difficult to handle. I often see the only way to do it in digital is to sharpen the image. And the results? Could be usable, but more often I found crappy…

Walking zombie is in the house…I’m not getting enough sleep from the exciting London Olympic games.. I still haven’t decide whether I should continue with my one camera project. There were some rumor circulating, there will be two Fujifilm prosumer cameras (high end & low end) coming this fall… really wish their new models will have a much improved focus mechanism.

This wraps up the month with my loving X100. I’ll continue with my undecided project after the Olympic 🙂 Go cheer for your country in front of your TV!!!