Hong Kong Lucida

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The best camera is the one you have with you

I do have a routine, and go to the same few places time and again.

These are all taken within a week or so on the same roll of film, with my Minolta AF-C loaded with Kodak ColorPlus 200.

My usual haunts are Shamshuipo and Wu Kai Sha beach.

That’s a cooking stove by a village house along Wu Kai Sha beach.

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They say the best camera is the one you have with you.

I have cult rangefinders such as the Canonet QL 17 GIII, Yashica GX and the Leica M6.

But nowadays I’m in a point-and-shoot and snapshot-aesthetics phase.

So it’s either a Contax TVS, Olympus XA2, or Minolta AF-C.

These are to me signs of life, these ropes and bricks, arranged as if for display.

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Sometimes, I strike up a conversation with people with my broken Cantonese.

This gentleman runs a BBQ site at Wu Kai Sha beach. He was trying to convince me to book a BBQ pit for my family for the coming weekend and as a bonus, he would throw in a few complimentary pieces of cuttlefish.

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At Shamshuipo. That’s one of my favorite pit stop. Whenever I walk past, I’d try to take a shot.

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It seems we oscillate between desire and labour all the time.

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We discipline ourselves to make sure the plumbing works.

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6 comments on “The best camera is the one you have with you

  1. Phantazein Studio
    June 4, 2014

    What interesting characters! Nicely caught!

  2. Rudy Owens
    July 2, 2014

    Totally agree. The best camera you have is the one you actually use to express yourself and tell that story visually, and I too have a Leica M6, but use my GoPro much more now.

    • eddietay
      July 2, 2014

      GoPro? Fascinating!

      • Rudy Owens
        July 2, 2014

        It is so small and so novel, people react differently to it, and the wifi feature (firing the camera by remote), and the ability to put the camera anywhere on your car or bike create opportunities for people and street photography that are both unplanned and delightfully surprising.

      • eddietay
        July 3, 2014

        I’ll have to try that some time. Wonderful idea!

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