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Ground One in Photography

(Leica D-Lux 5)The shot was done in a bus terminus in Dubai. A documentary filmed by the Radio and Television Hong Kong reveals that the modern development in Dubai emulated Hong Kong's in a big way at its start. Would it be too cheeky to say that this is why even the Dubai bus takes on the iconic red and white of the Kowloon Motor Bus?With probably such chutzpah, I showed this shot to a friend of mine just into photography in responding to her question about why her images lacked the three-dimensional-ish look evident in the better photos of others.  One usual technique of mine which could address her concern is to make enough use of the foreground, mid-ground and background when framing a shot. For sure, the use of the right background is crucial to not detract attention from the main subjects, which is worthy of a separate discussion of its own. As to blurring the background, to open the aperture wide is a point that should not require making.

Rest in Peace

(Leica D-Lux 5)No pun intended. The title and the shot just reflect my crave for some sleep as the hotness of Dubai probably has some negative effect on me, making me a bit sick for the whole week after coming back home.This is the first post I did on my new toy, the Lenovo A720. The touchscreen operation turns the post processing a breeze.

Street Atmosphere

(Sony A55)
The Gold Souk was one of the few places I managed to check out and snapped some street shots during the Dubai trip. This first shot reflects enough of the road leading to the place for its street atmosphere which to me is the combination of street furniture clustering randomly and frequent sighting of darker skin people. (By the way, can you guess the one thing in this shot which is characteristic of Dubai? Leaving out the Arabic words, it is the green(ish) colour which connotes hope in the Islamic culture.)
The Dubai trip was meant not so much as a photographic trip as that to get a bit of novel tastes of a nation as unique as Dubai. I was actually attending an international convention there while wishing to get around town for some photographic opportunities when a chance arose. But the unexpected -- and frustrating -- hacking of my various online accounts and disconnection of the phone roaming service, compounded with the extreme hot weather (real feel was plus 50 degr…

Ripped

(Leica D-Lux 5)Finally, GXG is back; I'm back. After the hellish hotness in Dubai, I was met with the extreme monsoon weather with the typhoon signal of the highest order revisiting Hong Kong after 13 years. The aftermaths of last night's typhoon signal no. 10 are evident everywhere across the territory with outdoor ads ripped, bamboo scaffolding torn down and rubbish bins blown elsewhere.The howling wind was frightening but I do not miss Dubai's hotness a bit. It will take a bit of time for me to arrange the shots snapped in Dubai and for posting here.