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I Just Wanna Sit Here

(Ricoh GX200)

Well, this is your Saturday.  Time is on your hand.  Hip is on your body.  Sit if you so wish.

Well Read

(Ricoh GX200)

I have been using the GX200 since mid-2008.  In between the time from then to now, I have tried at least 15 serious compact cameras by Ricoh, Pany, Samsung, Canon and presently the Leica D-Lux 5.  All of them underwent my review but some have not had a chance to publish.  Up to this point, I can still call myself well read in compact cameras.  
Whether there will be more camera reviews here this year depends on the spare time I will have.  For Ricoh cameras, with the penchant for this brand I will give them the priority to do a review.  Taking about reviews, the Internet is increasing filled with less than mediocre reviewers.  Beware of their verdicts.  Sometimes, some of them may say something like the ad I wrote about here.
The negative effect of having tried so many cameras is one feels numb to yet another new camera -- even if it is a new camera for me to keep.
Now that my camera cabinet is rather cramped, and space is to be spared for the Leica X1, I am considering sel…

What the!

According to a news report in the local Apple Daily (as a reference, in the case of the UK, it is equivalent to the sum of the Sun and the Guardian), the DOLCE & GABBANA shops sent shop attendants and then security personnel to chase away people (journalists who did the investigation report after receiving readers' complaints) taking photos which include their window displays from the sidewalk or outside their shops on the pretext that the photos may be used for producing counterfeit products and mimicking the expensive window display design.It is also reported that photography in such situations will be allowed for tourists but not for locals.The local photography community is enraged by the draconian treatment of photographers and unreasonable claim to property rights.  Some people have already called via Facebookfor people to take part in Sunday's photography group to shoot outside the shops.  The group will start the open defiance from 3 to 5 that day.Here are some leg…

I Am the Photographer

(Ricoh GX200)

For a photographer to do a good job, it is the skills that matter most.  But sometimes when one appears to be a cool photographer, it will certainly help your subjects or clients and even yourself to gain a better confidence in the outcome.  
If you don't have a good looking face, and you have a group of people for some group shots,  be cool and try this: "Stand ready. One two (snap a shot).  One two (snap the other shot).  That lady a bit to the right (or cue whoever needs to be rearranged).  One two (snap)."  In ten seconds, you take three shots.  And everyone will say oohs and ahhs, laugh a hearty laugh and, most important of all, (rightly) believe that you are professional.  After all, now that the atmosphere is amicable, the final shot will look better as the subjects have brightened facial expressions and relaxed body gestures.

Hong Kong Elements in a Shot

(Ricoh GX200)They are: the poker face which is common among the adults; the quick paced steps as you can guess from the two subjects on the right; a sidewalk and a residential estate situated next to a highway; co-existence of shabby structures and modern buildings.  Quintessentially Hong Kong are these elements.

Skip

(Sony A55)The workweek starts tomorrow.  Can we, er, skip it?

After the Celebrations

(Ricoh GXR A12 28mm)Taken at a recycling factory.