These are just a few pictures from a trip to Hong Kong early 2007. I have re-processed them recently, and thought it may be worthwhile to post them… Read the rest of this entry »
For a few reasons I recently took a 3 days trip to Hong Kong (H.K.S.A.R.), on my own. I truly like the place and its numerous landmarks. Unfortunately, I did not take as many picture as I would have liked but anyway, a couple of shots did not hurt ; to my standards, some of them turned out nicely.
Photographically speaking, Hong Kong is a haven for me: great range of photo supplies (see Wing Shing Photo Supplies for example), some of the best prices tags in the world and a bustling, amazingly safe city. In some other places I would not be very confident carrying my US$ 3k+ camera bag. In Hong Kong, nothing to worry about and nights are great time to go around snapping the city life and indeed, its architecture.
The extensive, convenient and efficient MTR (= subway) network allows to go to places. I mainly used the Central station and barely left Hong Kong Island. Not that I have something against Kowloon ; just had neither sufficient time nor sufficient needs.
Hong Kong has many facets. Not the least being the lively streets. You simply cannot go around and find the same thing unless you are looking at shopping malls. Pretty much like any other Asian place, some of the streets showcase only one type of goods. Further, looking up in Hong Kong is a pleonasm; there is no way to avoid feeling short (someone told me there are over 8,000 buildings of 36-storeys or more in the S.A.R.) and vivid, competing neon signs are never far away from your sight.
As discussed a few days ago in an earlier post, I recently had a four weeks travel – mostly for holidays – to France. It was a great time to get to know my new friend, the magnificent Canon 135mm f/2L *magic* prime lens.
We had visited two provincial regions: the South East, where I was born and raised – a great opportunity to catch up with my family and friends ; the South West, a mystery for us as we never went there before ; and finally Paris – well Paris remains Paris…
I had missed France. Not France itself, but its culture. How great to go to a real bookstore, with plenty of choice to feed my curiosity about history, art, and obviously photography. How nice to get a flan pâtissier (my favorite!) worthing to hold such name. How interesting it was to look at the French society with a – more and more – external standpoint (I no longer live in France for over 6 years…).
So what I try here, is to share with you some of the impressions I’ve had during the trip there. It is by no means representative of the idea I have of France, only stuff I bumped into during the trip – no montage, no setup. Anyway, before you look at the pictures, two little quotes to meditate about France:
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.
Charles de Gaulle
I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.