Canon EOS M50 with Voigtlander 35mm/1.4 Nokton SC

Finally gave in and bought that mirrorless camera because it will help me save money. Haha.

Because with a few adapters, I could use my various Takumars, Leica mount lenses and Canon EF/EFS lenses. I accidentally bought a 28mm Industar…

The Voigtlander and a few others allow for zone focusing.

Though I wasn’t fast enough sometimes.

Looking and thinking with some focus peaking.

Human, nature.

A homely arrangement.

We all need to find home.

Exhibition Prep

So, I’m in the midst of preparing for a solo photography exhibition, to be held on campus.

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And experimenting with various papers I’ve collected.

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Photographs on mobile phone/tablet/computer screens are not the same as print photographs.

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The materiality of photography is a fascinating thing indeed.

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Some printing mistakes, and a few books that inspire me.

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I’m teaching an MA course on social media, photography and writing, so many ideas are floating around in my head even as I’m prepping for the exhibition.

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It’s all coming together … photography, literature, critique.

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Nietzsche, Foucault, etc., have asked that question – how can we live our lives deliberately, such that our lives become works of art?

London’s Chinatown, Hamleys and Oxford Street

Again, in London.

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The Hong Kong MTR in London.

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Ooh.

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Aah.

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Kowloon is in London.

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Heroic-looking man. There’re 5 people here but the eyes are drawn to a specific person.

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The folks at Hamleys.

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Along Oxford Street.

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Waiting man.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

Street Photography at Central, Hong Kong

I was at Central with about an hour to kill before a lunch meeting.

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Coincidentally, of course, I had my Canon 600D with a 40mm / f 2.8 STM lens.

I really like the above, with its three partitions.

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I thought I’d try my hand at street photography from a distance.

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Street photography with an urban landscape component.

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I walked up and down the Central Escalators for a bit.

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I feel I have more time to think about the background.

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The background is the foreground.

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Another urban landscape-ish skyline shot.

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Lots of people are hard at work in the sun.

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That’s a really big camera.

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Working hard.

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Camera: Canon 600D

Lens: Canon 40mm F 2.8 STM

Yuen Long Wet Market

We were at a wet market in Yuen Long.

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I walked past this shed and felt I really had to take a shot.

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If you’re in construction, you have to be a bit of a Spiderman.

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They’re very agile.

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Chicken rice stall.

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We walked through a wet market.

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Straw hats for sale.

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Very fried and oily calamari (or were they oysters)?

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I thought the wall was rather beautiful.

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I was having a William Eggleston moment here.

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The second floor of a village house.

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Dried seafood.

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More dried seafood.

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Some more dried seafood.

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Dried seafood, anyone?

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Last chance to buy dried seafood!

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Scaffoldings offer lots of compositional possibilities.

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I walked around to obtain different angles.

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I have so many others but I’ll stop here.

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The underside of awnings too, can be beautiful.

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Check out the lines, colours and shadows.

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Sometimes the most common of things can offer up beauty.

The blue and yellow above go very well together.

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The arm offers a quirky variation to the scene.

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Bamboo scaffolding.

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Some more scaffolding.

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Parking lot signage.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

All photographs here were taken with the now classic Canon G11.

 

 

 

Yuen Long: Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival

So, my family did the excursion package thing again and we went to the Hello Kitty Organic Farm and Harbin Ice Festival.

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First stop – Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm.

Check out the landscape here – I’m beginning to think it’s a myth that Hong Kong does not have enough land.

This is usually cited as an explanation for high property prices.

I’m beginning to think: if this is indeed a myth, then who benefits from this?

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There’re activities for kids here – they get a map and they’re supposed to get stamps at various stations.

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There’re handmade toys for sale.

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Plants for sale.

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Turn left for Hello Kitty.

Turn right for Hello Kitty.

Walk ahead for Hello Kitty.

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Run for Hello Kitty.

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Hello Kitty refreshment corner.

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It’s actually a very beautiful and intriguing place if you’re into (street) photography.

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Shady scarecrow.

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You could rent a plot of land here for a few months to tend to your crops.

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It’s all very properly laid out, with your name written down so you won’t end up tending to someone else’s plot.

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Feed the goat!

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Ditto what I said earlier about land in Hong Kong.

Look at my clever composition.

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Tiny windmill, tiny scarecrow.

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Ah – the pastoral life…

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Chrysanthemum tea for sale.

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Washing hands after feeding the goats.

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My very suave shadow.

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Our cheerful excursion guide.

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Boredom in the tour coach.

Yes finally, we arrived at the Harbin Ice Festival.
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The colours and lines look well-balanced to me.

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Nice looking cable tower…

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We were in the exhibition hall at Harbin Ice Festival.

It’s minus 10 degrees Celsius in here.

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Psychedelic penguin.

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Everything here is carved out of ice.

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I paid close attention to the colours.

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I’m having a Martin Parr moment.

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Bye bye and thanks for stopping by!

 

All pictures were taken with Canon G11, which you could now call a classic camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little bit of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

So … I’m back from Shanghai, having tasted the power of a 50mm lens (80mm with a 1.6 crop factor).

What would that 40mm pancake lens I’ve been reading about do? Hmm…

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That 600D has been hiding away in my closet for a long time, and now I’m beginning to think that with a small-sized lens, it might be a good street camera.

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A 40mm would be a bit extravagant if you already have a 50mm lens.

Just zoom with your feet, I’d say.

But given the crop factor, it would mean 64 mm, a justifiable difference from 80mm.

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So, yes, I headed off to Tsim Sha Tsui with the intention of not buying that Canon 40mm F2.8 pancake lens.

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According to the Canon HK site, it goes for HK$1480.

I inquired about the price at Suning and the staff whispered HK$1380 conspiratorially.

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I crossed the road and went into a small shop called Echo Audio and it’s HK$1100.

Yes! I made some money! A yummy pancake!

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Roland Lim has a lot to say about buying cameras in Hong Kong.

Beware of those shops with “Tax Free” signs. Consumer goods are tax free everywhere in Hong Kong.

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I’ve always been mindful of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

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Every time something fascinating appears, I remind myself it’ll be old news a year later.

First there’s Sony RX100, followed by RX100 MII, and now it’s RX100 MIII.

Ditto Fuji X100 and X100S. You can’t keep up.

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I’m mindful of planned obsolescence when it comes to digital cameras – that’s partly why I’m into film cameras.

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A Leica M6 would still be majestic 10 years later and hold its value at least on EBay.

You can’t quite say the same with digital cameras.

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So anyway, a 64mm would fit between my Leica 50mm Summicron and that 80mm (50mm Canon nifty fifty).

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I could be indoors and still be unnoticed despite the loud flipping of the slr mirror, given the distance.

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This person spotted me but carried on as before.

The pancake is not as intimidating, compared to if I had my 18-135mm lens.

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The fact is, no one noticed me.

The 600D with the pancake looks really small. (Though it is a bit loud).

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He didn’t even look up.

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Maybe I look like a tourist with a camera, in a tourist area.

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He spotted me, but went on walking past me.

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I’m in the MTR (subway) and no one stopped me.

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I am invisible…

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My camera looks like a toy.

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Do I exist?

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If I take a picture and no one sees me … do I exist?

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People are too immersed in themselves…

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Too immersed in their phones…

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Finally – someone noticed!

Thanks for reading!

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