Saturday, 30 April 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011

Off-topic: Drama

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Just back from the 7th run of the drama based on the true-story novel, Tuesdays with Morrie, performed by the locally renowned Chung Ying (literally Chinese-English) Theatre Company. The role of Morrie is starred by the local master dramatist, KF Chung. The drama is brilliantly presented and changes of scenes smartly done. The atmosphere of the novel is faithfully reproduced. It is conducted in Cantonese with English subtitles. The director is planning for the 8th run.

For audience who need to read the subtitles, you should ask which row is best when buying your ticket. At least don't consider the front rows.

Veins and Fudging

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The Nature's painting is always fascinating, especially when one cares to pause and observe.

Chances are that when spotting such an intriguing scene in Hong Kong, and by extension in any big cities, you will likely spot a photographer or two aiming at it with artillery-like lenses mounted on their DSLRs which were probably bought for the stellar ratings by the on-line reviewers. The opinionated comment is based on the often unprofessionally long intervals between their aiming and shooting, and the disproportion between using such heavy paraphernalia and doing such low-value casual shots for a majority of the time. This is highly likely stereotyping though.

The point here is actually that different shooting occasions require different cameras. For casual and street shots, what a difference it will make for a photographer to, in coming across a similar branches-against-the-blue-sky scene, graciously fudge for a tiny unassuming GRD3 (which is still the author's choice if asked) and causally take a snap and walk away. That is smarter, needing not the trumpet-blowing with the long-zoom lenses on the big DSLR to make a scene of one's presence for such an unimportant shot -- sounds very English.

All that funfair for the royal wedding has culmulated in great photo opportunities which require those heavy photographic gear today. For those outside UK, you can only practise with your DSLR at home in front of the T.V.  May them live happily ever after.


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Another Angle

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From the lateral sides, the ferry crossing the Victoria Harbour appears to be rather thin. But from the bow or stern, it is actually quite extended in width.

Do we sometimes somehow misread a person or thing because we haven't observed from all the angles?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Murderer's Victim

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The murderer is wheeling his victim to an unknown place. Who the murderer and the victim are may be the question hovering your head. The shot cutting out the face of both serves the mysterious effect in this final image right.

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The victim is actually a pig, which is supposed to be a suckling pig. But by the sheer size of the roasted carcass, it was not a suckling pig by whatever standard. A roasted suckling pig is a must-have in every local delicatessen selling roasted food items. You can savour such a delicacy in any Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. Mark that you don't order a whole roasted suckling pig but a plate of it which gives you part of the whole pig.

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(oh, he was not the murderer but just a nosy bystander who thought that the camera can in no way capture him in the shot; well, the Ricoh GX200 was fitted with the 19mm wide converter)

The roasted suckling pig is not usually seem in whole unless, like the author, you visit a roasted-food delicatessen or attend a Chinese wedding reception, a religious ceremony inaugurating a new shop or a customary ceremony paying tribute to the forefathers.

Don't worry, no restaurant will serve the roasted pig in the form you see in the images here. You won't be reminded of how pitifully the livestock was killed… and, er, burned.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Low On Stamina

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Today is the first working day of the week after four days of holiday in Hong Kong. Who wouldn't be low on stamina?

Monday, 25 April 2011

Wishing Tin Hau Goddess Well

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Today's Easter public holiday in Hong Kong coincides with the birthday of the protector of the fishing community, Tin Hau Goddess. As previously said, the sight of a Tin Hau (literally, Queen from the Heavens) Temple suggests that the place is near to the sea or a fishing village in the old days.

If you are in Hong Kong, there is a funfair at the garden outside the Tin Hau Temple near the Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei. The garden is filled with banyan trees, so you cannot miss it. There will be performances and games kiosks starting from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

You won't want to miss it.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Birdie Building His Nest

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He seems to be satisfied with his new home.

This is Sunday.  Have fun!