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It is extremely unusual for a grown man to in any way impede the progress of anything and everything trivial or all-important engulfing his life day in and day out especially when those persons, of whom there is an insufferable number in the world, have poor time management.  Unfortunately and embarrassingly so, it seems to be exactly the case happening to me.

 (Visiting the Leica Gallery in Prague, 2016)    

It has been a long while since I last updated this blog in 2016 after the trip to Austria and the Czech Republic. 

While people face the tyranny of work with the increasingly deflated buying power that comes of it which makes up a large part of the journey of most to the graveyard, the enjoyable moments of wandering away from such uninviting destination are incontestably, apart from the solace one may find in religions, either when we are with our loved ones or submerge ourselves in a hobby or two.

(Meeting photography blogger friend Crist again with his girlfriend, 2017 -- we first met in 2009 and have kept in touch since then)

I might have quitted writing the blog for some time but definitely not for photography. In the previous post I mentioned the possibility of changing to the Leica system.  Well, I considered myself having done so but not for long.

(The pornography of Leica cameras I was trapped in last year )

I had the Leica SL with me for an extended period of time last year.  It was a tremendously desirable camera to me from the time I grabbed it and proudly hung it around my neck home to the time when I finally returned it.  It is undoubtedly at its own class.  Relatively affordable, yes, but not necessarily a sustainable choice in terms of its colossal size.  Mine was with the "kit" zoom.  But you really have to check out the 50mm SL lens.  It is just HUGH. I am a photographer, and if I wish to do some weightlifting the proper way is to visit a gym.

A side note is that the zoom lens give the results comparable to what good quality you can get from any premium primes at any of its focal lengths.

(The Leica SL is built like a tank.  It can certainly double as a weapon in case of need, probably as a sledgehammer that swings.  Seriously it is a piece of mouthwatering art)

I won't consider any M coz the labour the photographer is obliged to do to the eye through the range-finding viewfinder will be too much to me.  Someone told me that range-finding the focus with a lens beyond 105mm is nothing but guesswork. Putting an electronic viewfinder on top of a M as a solution is the most uncool thing to do in the world I think.

But however much the cameras in my armory have remained unchanged and, well, unimpressive - still the GR and the Leica X1 along with the Sony A55 plus the handy Panasonic ZS100, the same cannot be said of my love of photography and fondness of sticking around with everything photography from people in the street to photos on the wall, among which the photographer friends I have made and been making are the highlights in my journey of the hobby.  I have had meetups with some of them since the previous post.

(Hsu, a famous young Taiwan professional photographer, had a brief meetup with me when he was flown to Hong Kong to give a talk on his 6-year photographic project The Crying Girls)

(Friends I made from the F11 Museum.  Their photo exhibitions are very worthy)

(This one was taken some years back when I helped organise the Ricoh fans meetup in Hong Kong)

(Me and my winning works being exhibited in the classy Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong for a month)

As for taking photos, I have became less rushy and rather more observant whereas the pressing on the shutter release more thoughtful, although I am still capable of narrowing the time space of getting an image when the opportunity calls for it.  I am still taking photos on a daily basis, almost.  But I still have poor time management.  So let's hope I can write again pretty soon.  I do hope so.

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