Hong Kong

Western Crowned Pigeon

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A Western (or Common or Blue) Crowned Pigeon feeding its chick in the pouring rain in the aviary in Hong Kong Park. This shot was taken many years ago in pre-digital days with a Canon EOS3 and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 IS L lens with negative film stock. The streaks are rain!

Chinese egret

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Another fisherman, in this case an opportunist Chinese egret who has worked out that if he sits among the nets on a fishing boat, he might get lucky.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/320 at f/8 & 220mm (600mm equiv). Cropped in LR

Walla-walla

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In the days before all that background construction, elevated roads, the MTR and road tunnels, if you wanted to cross Hong Kong harbour in the wee small hours, a little boat like this was the only choice, unless you fancied a swim. The fleet of walla-wallas served revellers and others until probably the late 70s, after which alternative and less exciting forms of getting home took over. There are still a few to be seen, mainly with a few people out fishing, braving the wakes from far larger craft.

Canon G3X ISO400 1/1250 at f/8 and 220mm (600mm equiv)

Trampoline Fun

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Granddaughter Lily taking a leap of faith at the Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park in Hong Kong.

A test of the camera this one. In the relatively low light conditions, flash wasn’t an option because of the distance, so I racked up the ISO in order to freeze the movement. The Canon gets a bit twitched in these conditions so you need to take a few shots to get the right one. Overall, the grain level is reasonable.

The image is adjusted in Lightroom and cropped to about 1/3 of it’s original size – she nearly flew out of the side of the frame!

Canon G3X ISO12800 1/60 at f/5.6 and 48mm(~130mm equiv)

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

HK Museum of Medical Sciences

Hong Kong might seem like nothing but high-rise buildings and bustle, but when you look beyond that first impression, there is much to be found. The bustle is easily left behind: just take a walk around the Peak or along the HK Trail that goes the length of HK Island.  And nestling among the high-rise, especially in the older parts of Hong Kong Island, are several proud old buildings from Hong Kong’s early colonial days, now mercifully preserved.

One of these is the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences that dates back to 1906. Originally designed as as a Bacteriological Institute following the so-called Plague Years of Hong Kong in the 1890s, it became the Pathological Institute after WWII. There’s a full history here and here.

You can find this building on Caine Road at the top of the appropriately named Ladder Street.

Canon G3X ISO 400 1/125 at f/7.1

Lantau fisherman

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Another shot of a fisherman, this one in a boat off Cheung Sha beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. I was testing out my new Canon G3X’s capabilities at full telephoto – 600mm equivalent – together with its image stabilisation. It passed!

Canon G3X ISO160 1/1600 at f/11 at 220mm.

Jardine House aka Connaught Centre, HK

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When I first arrived in Hong Kong in 1976, the Connaught Centre was, at 178m,  not only the tallest building in Hong Kong, but also the tallest in Asia. Completed in 1972, it has 52 floors. It was later renamed Jardine House and these days is rather dwarfed by a number of nearby towers, not the least of which is the IFC , which has 88 floors and tops out at 412m. (I posted a photo some weeks ago of the IFC disappearing into a February mist).

Connaught Centre/Jardine House has an innovative design that included round windows, which apparently made a difference structurally. It also earned the local nickname of the House of a Thousand Arseholes.

All that aside, it’s still a pretty impressive building.

Canono G3X ISO800 1/2000 & f/7.1 at 8.8mm (24mm equiv)

Golden Yellow Pheasant

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The golden yellow pheasant is a stunningly beautiful bird. According to various sources, it comes in a number of varieties, this one in the Hong Kong Park aviary is a variety (Chrysolophus pictus mut. luteus) created in captivity back in the 1950s in Italy. The original Golden pheasant, which has a distinctly darker plummage, hails from central China.

Canon G3X ISO 1000 1/100at f/7.1

Event Horizon

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Walking along Queen’s Road Central last month, I came face to face with a life-size bronze sculpture of a naked man – something of a surprise in the normally very conservative Hong Kong. Turns out he was one of thirty-one statues of an outside exhibition called ‘Event Horizon’ by the British sculptor Antony Gormley. Four of the statues are at street level while the rest, which are fibre glass, are on the top of high-rise buildings looking as if they might be about to jump. Here are two of them, one on top of Prince’s Building and the other in Hong Kong Park.
The exhibition has also been staged in Rotterdam, New York, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.

Canon G3X. Photoshop composite of two shots:

ISO 800 1/640 at f/7.1; 220mm (600 mm equiv)

ISO 800 1/125 at f.7.1; 68 mm (185mm equiv)

City bustle

DVRd Central

An average morning on Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Canon G3X ISO800 1/500at f/7.1  220mm (600mm equiv)