Click open the pictures and enjoy the secret colours of jellyfish. Have a nice weekend!
The Rainbow Dance
("Would people consider me feet fetish?" was the first question I asked myself when I was going to post this instalment of photos after the "Come to Rest" post. Please be assured that I am not :) )
(The day was clear and the colours were soothing, but the passers-by were too hurried to notice. Upper: A working mother took her child to school before she went to work. Lower: Two passers-by heading for opposite directions to to their workplace.)
I have said that I walk to work. Sometimes on the way, browsing people at a bustling road, I would think to myself, "How lonely is the road without the love of the crowd who the road carries on itself!"
Hong Kong people walk in a quickened pace with a solemn expression on their faces. We are the busiest type of species, the far-flung clansmen of the New Yorkers. A famous Chinese writer, Guang Zhong YU, once wrote about New York, "This is New York, the busiest barren land with a mixture of unfamiliar faces. With shoulders touching shoulders and toes reaching heels, passers-by on the crowded walkways are experiencing the shortest of physical space yet the farthest of spiritual distance." This rings true about Hong Kong too.
Some years ago, when my sister and I were working in Hong Kong's CBD, which is called Central, we used to take lunch together. One day over lunch, she told me, "Yesterday after lunch on my way back to the office, I was stopped by some tourists who looked extremely puzzled and worried on their faces."
"What gives?"I looked at her.
"They pointed to the crowd behind me," she continued in an amused grin, "and asked if a bad accident had happened at the far end cos everyone as I did was rushing the same direction towards them."
Fact is, nothing had happened. It was only that people were walking too quick a pace towards the same direction to the office area. The frowns on their faces must have made them more like scared people milling around in a quickened pace.
When I was in Australia, people greeted each other g'day on the street. In Hong Ko ng, if I do this, I swear that it could be considered harassment of some sort. Probably the only occasion I may do so is in the park nearby, where people are not hurrying to work and enjoying a more leisurely pace of living.
So, next time when you come to Hong Kong, jot these down on your must-see list: a morning walk in a sizable local park like the Cherry Street Park and an afternoon walk in Central at lunchtime.
I love GX200 because it feels great to take pictures with a light-weight camera of a DSLR feel. It would be even better if it gives DSLR-comparable results. Is this still a wishful thinking with the coming of G1?
For its smaller size (though not by much), G1 compares flavourably to mainstream DSLRs, which many expect to be moving towards smaller sizes. With a bigger sensor that boasts better image features, it also compares flavourably to serious compacts with a 1/1.8" sensor. Proper DSLRs aside, G1 is supposed to produce much better images. Does it deliver?
Sensor size [to proportion but actual sizes are smaller]:
Outer (blue) - Full Frame sensor 35 x 24mm
3rd inner (green) - DP1 Foveon 20.7 x 13.8mm
2nd inner (yellow) - G1 4/3 System 17.3 x 13mm
Most inner (red) - GX200, G10. LX3 1/1.8" 7.18 x 5.23mm
Surely, from the many users' samples, we can safely conclude that the images are great. However, is the better quality commensurate with its better pixel density (5 MP/cm2; sensor size 17.3 x 13mm) (and a dearer price)? The following photos compare it with the higher grade DP1 (1.6 MP/cm2; sensor size 20.7 x 13.8 mm) and the most popular serious compacts [GX200 28MP; G10 34MP; LX3 24MP per cm2] (NOTE: GRD images not available, pardon me).
The light that plays, like a naked child, among the green leaves happily knows not that man can lie.
-- Robíndronath Thakur, Indian Poet and Philosopher
It is a bliss being able to walk in autumn, hear autumn colours singing and cool breezes ruffling leaves. Feel the silence in your spirit and the echos in your heart. That makes the troubles or the hard times facing us less rough for a moment. This is actually not a good time as people are losing their jobs in the wake of the financial downturn. If you are going through financial hardship or expecting to be so, don't despair. I had ridden out one not long ago. It is going to be hard, but then it is going to be through one day.
If that will make you feel easier, consider what a blessing it is to us just being able to walk, be it on our feet, on crutches or on a wheelchair. Go hear the colours sing and the rustling of the leaves. Look up at the sky, see, blue is actually beautiful. When the autumn goes, winter will come and finally, so will the hopes in springtime. The process is not going to be easy. But whatever it may take, buck up. Find help, that's important.