京都 – 肆

Mobile Phone, Photography

旅遊書特別介紹嵐山的竹林與周邊的去處,我把這活動放在第三天的行程內,事原我是想去別處行山,不過一個在東、一個在西,比叡山如要行的話就需花上六小時,的確逗留天數不夠令我最終沒往這邊去。

總算嵐山給了我一個另類悠閒的一個中下午,異地遊最大的難關莫過於方向感降至零,及言語不太通。 火車站在這區域內景點的附近,我看著看不明的地圖告示,人流又走不太一致的方向,有幸這時有一澳洲遊客也走著同一目的地。 簡單的一個竹林就足以吸引世界各地的遊客前來,看似簡單的表面,我相信一定有很多工夫配套做了。 嵐山有一條度月橋在河中,另一邊有著不同寺院,包括世界文化遺產天龍寺,雖然沒有什麼歷史介紹在場,但用心感受一下可想像古代時的風貌,附近的竹林也點綴了不少,看似簡單的一草一木,他們用了心保留下所有原貌,甚至人力車、木舟。

 

I was in Sai Kung – Part I

Photography

Pier

Sai Kung is the far east part of the New Territories in Hong Kong. The beaches there are simply breathtaking. Water is so clear that you could see the coral reef beneath. It’s famed for the back garden of Hong Kong.

Last week our family joined a local tour. When I first heard, WTH, local tour? Why would we need a local tour? The tour was organized as a weekend gathering of my mom’s Taoism community group.  I had not ever been to Sai Kung, at least to travel…as far as I remembered.

We were so worried that day would rain. There were occasion showers throughout the week. The night before I hesitated on taking my X100 out (sitting at home collecting dust). At the end, I brought my GRD with me. I was so used to the 28mm now. Switching to 35mm, will make me uncomfortable again. Turned out, the other morning was sunny and so warm.

That day I wasn’t aiming to shoot any candid street photos. I knew the schedule wouldn’t allow me to spend extra time on an attraction. So this series is more of an encounter of my trip. And most were scenery which aren’t that bad even without the PL filter or anything.

The Fisherman
The Fisherman

I snapped a hand full of cellphone photos at the country park. Many of them are great. I got them uploaded to Instagram. I’ll share some here later on. I haven’t walk into the nature since I middle school. I always had an excuse not to go trail walking with my dad. He’s a regular trail walker.

The tour began at 8am. We were enjoying the views of the outer island and the dense forest vegetation at the country park. The next stop was the Tin Hau Temple. It’s where all the fishermen used to worship the god of sea and wind. The temple itself is not too special. I was more into the clear water and beautiful sunshine of the day.

The Fisherwoman selling dried seafood
The Fisherwoman selling dried seafood

After visiting the Tin Hau Temple, we stopped by the Sai Kung Town for lunch. Sai Kung town has a huge boat parking area. And what I like about this community, is the low story buildings. I could finally see the sky without looking straight up. The market street reminds me of many photos of Japan and Taiwan (i wish to visit those countries..) It was only a pee break shortly after the lunch, I sneaked out and snapped a few of the market in 5 mins.

Boat parking area
Boat parking area

Dog with a cap
Dog with a cap

Sai Kung Market
Sai Kung Market

I have come up with a few color presets. The photos here you see is under my preset for a sunny day. I’m still working on a preset for cloudy/shaded photos. My night preset that I’m working on is exaggerating the contrast and details so much that it’s revealing all the ugly pixel noise. My solution is to go black and white. More experimentation to go…

Sai Kung Market
Sai Kung Market

Sai Kung Market
Sai Kung Market

Sai Kung Market
Sai Kung Market

Girl selling toy shavels and more
Girl selling toy shavels and more

Sisters in the umbrella
Sisters in the umbrella

I’ll will continue on tomorrow’s part II. Hope your day is as bright as here!