Saturday, 26 May 2012

What Comes to Him Who Waits?

twomenwaiting (Leica D-Lux 5)

To me, it's the two men. To them, it's me with my camera.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Probably World's Bulkiest Street Photography Gear

streetphotog (Leica D-Lux5)

This tireless die-hard fan of his bulky gear has been seen on this street corner on sunny days and rainy times alike. It was a day the rain was downpouring when I first saw him as he fearlessly slotted the film in the box camera donning a long black cloth. He had an umberlla on one hand and the film on the other. He probably had to use his mouth to hold the exposed film from the camera but it was too rainy and I too fascinated by his stunt to get a clear idea of how he went about it.

streetphotog2
I would have chatted with this guy but there were enough curious folks stopping by and popping questions. So maybe next time.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Morning Meetup

talkingpoint (Ricoh GX200)

A great thing about retirement is that one can make a meetup anytime anywhere of choice. Busy week!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Pretty Reader

reader (Leica X1)

"Hi, would you mind if I include you in the picture?" I approached the lady with this question, stopping at a distance comfortable to her.

She looked up and at me, smiling a puzzled smile, and paused a bit. I was half turning away, ready to go, saying, "Yes or no, maybe so? ...That's okay. Doesn't matter. Thank you very much."

Then she hurried her reply with a radiant grin, "Okay." And I ended up with today's shot.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Eclipse, Praying and Idol Worshipping

So yesterday morning I was up early with a bag of hopes and cameras tripping to the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong to greet the sun in its annularly eclipsed attire. The newspaper said that the next happening of such over here would be 300 years later, a time when we can all conveniently watch from heavens.

Sorry if you are destined for the hell.

So the annular solar eclipse looked fantastic on the postcard I saw people joyously fanning in the air as I moved closely to the crowd already gathering there. It was 6:00, good gracious, just in time for the best 3-minute slot of the event. What happened next was an hour later it became obvious that in reality the solar eclipse was as good as an expanse of thick fluffy clouds. No sun was in sight. Considered it totally eclipsed by the clouds then, I thought to myself.

But the morning was not totally wasted. Two expected things happened.

solareclipse
First, it was the power of herd mentality. Probably because the crowd had been in high hope of seeing the eclipse but utterly bored for waiting pointlessly in the wind for an hour, when the clouds opened a crack for the sunlight to shine through the people cheered like crazy. Suddenly it was like in the home team stadium celebrating the victory of the Red Devils. Hooray, hooray, hooray! But what on the entire earth were they cheering for? It was a normal scene of any normal moment after sunrise on any normal day! Click click click, photographers finally found use for their cameras.

And there, a man is performing a religious ritual of some sort in the foreground on the left!

Few maintained their sanity. One was me (well I actually saw the total sun eclipse in France back in 1999), the other was the bloke sitting next to me in a graciously casual fashion on his privately arranged pink revolving whatyoumaycallit chair. He was the much-talked-about Kai of Digitalrev.

Before that moment of insanity came, I had a bit of a chat with him. So much of an idol he was that some local (young) photographers kept cornering him and popping embarrassing questions like how old are you, are you gay, can you speak Cantonese, what is Digitalrev, what is a camera review, which is the favourite video you have made and do you own the company, et cetera, et cetera.

As for me, I knew exactly the key of idol worshipping. So I moved over to take a photo with him.

kaiimpression1(Artist's impression: Me and Kai)

Well, suffice it to say that, from his facial expression, doing a photo with the idol at such an awkward distance was anything but gratifying. So at the risk being harassed in one way or the other, I went closer for a second shot.

kaiimpression2

(Artist's impression 2: Me and Kai)

See, he is smiling!

Well, this could be better than the eclipse. I saw something more unexpected. Considered these worthy of the special trip.

The Bottle Analogy

determination (Ricoh GX200)

If there is one thing similar between us and the bottle on the first day of a work week, it has to be our determination in mobility.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Bottoms Up

getdrunk (Ricoh GX200)

Today's Sunday. Have fun! But don't get drunk. Get a soda maybe.