Saturday, 5 November 2011

Parallel

R9353130L (Ricoh GX200)

Sometimes when the norm seems to ask one to bend over, bending over will make one look comfortably in line with the norm. Fact is, if factoring in the overall picture, the bending over is anything but normal.

Hong Kong is having the local district council election. With the pro-Beijing, pro-government politicians bending over to the ruling class, it is high time to make them wake up to the overall picture.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Wall Flower

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Don't wake up now that work is over ... er... for this part of the world. For those of you to the west of Hong Kong, don't doze off and drool. Work hard, blokes.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Tick Tock Tick

R9353133L (Ricoh GX200)

It just boggles my mind why the restaurant needs to hang three clocks in a row on the wall above the table.  It is mealtime, for stomach's sake.  And who needs to know the world's time when eating?

There you almost see the happy shooter.  But stop looking and listen to this song, one of my favourite, and the first impression jumped to mind when the scene lay before the eyes. A photographer has got to have perceptions of some sort in mind before taking a shot. In that way you will know for sure what and how to shoot.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Cowboy Hot Potting

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(Ricoh GX200)

All indoor areas in Hong Kong have now been designated as non-smoking areas. For that matter, some expats and exchange students have the impression that this city is turning fascist. That remark is a bit over the top.

What the heavy-handed policy does change is this city's culture. The transformation is at least twofold, one being social and the other lexical. On the social side, the sighting of rubbish-bin-flies circling around rubbish bins, in the fashion of bar-flies around bar tables, has never been more common in the street. The smokers cannot but smoke in the open, and the most obviously convenient place is near a rubbish bin on top of which is an inset ashtray. The accumulative effect is that it is becoming increasingly difficult and perilous for the non-smoking lots to risk the veil of second-hand nicotine wisps to get to the bins. A fair bet is that eventually the city will no longer have any division between the democratic and pro-Beijing-pro-government camps, but one between the smoking and non-smoking sides.

Lexically, the change is in the phrase "hot potting", which is a popular gastronomic pastime of the locals. Imagine this: a bunch of smokers shivering with nicotin addiction and puffing around the rubbish bin from the top ashtray of which wafts the cigarette mists.  What does it remind you of? Right, a group of joyous hip-swaying fellas hot potting or, to put it more relevant to the locals, having a hotpot.

So next time if you would like to have a cigarette break with your local friends, just say, "Hey, let go hot potting outside (Cantonese: Wai [hey], chukhuei [go out] oi min [outside] dabinlo [hot potting] law [exclamation] )."

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Roarrrrrrr

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(Sony A55)

For some reason, the author has for a few times been given the task to shoot some big shots in action. It was quite a fond memory last time.

There are lots of professional veteran photographers who can do really ace for candid shots. But with the limited experience under the belt, the author has at least one tip to give. It is to continuously wait for and anticipate the right moments behind the viewfinder, or the LCD display. For that matter, shooting in continuous mode may do the trick but that may as well dampen your sense to feel the next right moment because you will not bother to pay attention any more. And when you are looking through the viewfinder / LCD display, check out the whole scene to use the secondary subjects or the background to complement the atmosphere and the story in the scene.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Mastermind

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We all are in one way or another masterminded by what our heart desires. If you are controlled in the heart, so is your whole person. This is most obvious in the weekdays than the weekend since most of us would choose differently for where our heart should truly lie in weekend.

So there is much true in what the Bible says, Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.