Do Us Proud

Photography

June 2014 last month was recorded as the hottest June since 1884. Staying outdoor during the day is not an easy task for many. The only way to stay active besides paying for premium membership to hit the gym is really to jog around in town whenever possible, although I tend to exercise some whenever I could at home. Being out and see as far as our sight could see is the simple most rewarding part. Most people are just too busy in town as much as I could see. Staying busy is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just my personal trait to see what others do. Seeing what’s happening around me give me a clearer perspective of how the city is changing in certain ways. Although my perspective is limited to the city I live in now, it’s still a very good source of knowing how and where my root is shaping toward.

I could see the Hong Kong people are desperately longing for general entertainment. Just see and hear who’s not talking about the World Cup Brazil. How Louie Van Gaal and Tim Krul became the national heroes, almost as if we’re the Dutch. How Lionel Messi leads the Argentines to the quarterfinals and more. Hong Kong is historically weak in all type of sports. See how much a sport events can bring entertainment to people. It’s something fans would look forward to or even worship to. We just do not have a very well established sport system to manufacture athletes which draws fans to fancy on. It can be a sophisticated business after all. Just see how crazy the fans are for the English Premier League, NBA,…It’s a great opportunity to hang out with friends even away from the venue. It brings people together.

Another observation is how many people had flocked into one place when there’s cute art, remember the giant rubber duck on the Harbor and recently the 1600 Panda Exhibition tour (for those in HK would know). General people like us got little cheap entertainment around town, I honestly believe a better downtown city park, a zoo, anything revolutionary would make us Hong Kong people proud of. Yes, I’m drooling over the Garden by the Bay in Singapore. Hong Kong has to build something like these fast. These facilities can relieve stress or even vent. Hong Kong has many world class country parks and trail walking are great; however not everyone’s cup of tea.

Just see how many of us give a crap about the Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day or I prefer calling it the ‘Commemoration Day of Handover’. I’ve seen what the Americans do on their 4th of July (Independence Day), they show patriotism in their hearts. Nothing I’ve ever seen. I was born during the year of Sino-British Joint Declaration. I honestly do not care which flag it raises, China, Hong Kong, the Great Britain. When people ask where am I from? My answer is always ‘Hong Kong. I’m Chinese but not from China.’ Most foreigners do not get it, but it means a great deal for us.
Cosmic Crystals
Pandas
Photographing with the panda
Lined up Panda
Attracted
Facinated

From crawling to walking

Photography

Walking with mom

I dug up photos from iPhoto while checking out what I was doing a year ago. I found an album shot with my Lumix G3 camera on December 4th, 2011. That was the time I just got myself into candid photography. It’s a period when I still shot primarily scenery, landscape which usually required me to travel to a destination for shots that I thought it was so boring. One thing I knew for sure, I do not travel out of Hong Kong. Travel photography was another genre to be taken out. I thought about macro photography, the world of macro photography can be a cool art. It wasn’t really my thing. In any way, I was like a baby.

Heart-shaped leaves

When human is like flowers

I’m really lucky I found what I wanted to focus on now – street photography or a better way to describe it as life documentary. It’s been going on for a year now and counting.

Live Sketching

When I look back to these photos, first thing that comes to my mind is the G3 is really doing what some entry level DSLR could do. Superb image quality. I mounted it with a 50mm Lumix-Leica lens. I did enjoy the large aperture and bokeh. Second thing that comes to me is ‘Did I take these?’. I see a form of photography in it.

I see myself had gone from crawling to walking in photography. I feel I understood more about myself through it. Or is it simply because I’m a year older? Or does it not matter at all?

Dusk

I believe all I need to do is to continue with my thing and my camera.

Steep adjusting curve for a X100 convert

Daily Journals, Photography

Switching from a miniature-like DSLR Lumix G3 is much bigger than i thought. I’m still working it out with the focusing, the camera does have a little bit of too long of focus measurement mechanism for a camera in the 21st century. I’ll further test some more to choose the WB other than Auto, using OVF to tackle the slightly slow focus mechanism. I’ll deploy the well known AFL technique and set the focus to a certain distance. I believe practice gives me more idea how this camera work, rather than seeing how people rant about the unique operation or what they call it an issue. I don’t feel it this way.

I’m still learning how the exposure works on the X100. The neutral 0 compensation seems to be a little overexposed during the day with bright sunlight. I’m guessing it’s the bright sunlight, not the camera. I’ll turn the ND filter on to see if it’d improve, i’m sure it’d just had not done it yet.

Using the X100 makes me a totally different feel. It’s more like shooting photos, using the correct setting to get the shot. It requires a little thought on how i want to work it out before the shot. Rather than just changing the ISO which I usually just do on my Ricoh GRD (it’s a good habit to check it on the street though, to know what shutter speed I’m getting keeping me ready for any moment). That’s why I love my Ricoh so much. Everything can be adjusted with one hand, it’s light and unassuming. It’s a camera I’d bring daily no matter what.

Back to my X100. The parallax is more apparent than I’ve thought. Today I saw many shots were slightly off. The neck strap had been somewhat making me uncomfortable when not wearing. Especially i don’t like camera on my chest, it catches too much attention. Perhaps using a neck strap is a bad idea then, save it for my travel trips?! I’ll just look for a wrist strap whenever i see any in good price and right look. The Hakuba tripod mount wrist strap had been my favorite, i just wouldn’t use any other type for my Ricoh GRD. I’ll try to find some in Mong Kok tomorrow. Good Luck!