hong kong revisited-2

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/160 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 35mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 24mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 45mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 67mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 1000 – Focal Length: 35mm
EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Hang on to Your Ego, Frank Black, s/t, 1993, | LINK

the photography:
one of the coolest things about hong kong is the open markets. fresh produce, souvenirs, antiques, metal, stones, jewelry, clothes, you name it, you can buy it. many of these open air markets (especially the fresh meats and fish markets) were closed during the SARS epidemic and hysteria of the early oughts. since then, a number of the markets have reopened and offered up their wares yet again. one of the most famous markets takes place at night. the Temple Street market roars into the darkness on the Kowloon peninsula with neon lights, strange and comforting food smells, and the constant chatter of tourists and locals alike. the whole experience made me feel like i was in the middle of the beginning of Blade Runner (sans downpour, flying cars, and edward james olmos…). it was fantastic. known these days for mostly souvenirs and t-shirts, there are still a number of quality vendors hawking more authentic wares such as antique chinese war propaganda, army hats, and bronze buddhas. and the food, oh my, the food. it’s a pretty rad experience.

when i travel to new cities, new countries, and new continents, my favorite scenes to photograph are scenes that include unaware locals interacting with their environments. as a constant tourist (i really dig visiting new places), i try to capture with my camera, locals in the middle of everyday life. it’s the photojournalist in me trying to break out. new york times cover, here i come…

also, you should still check it: Awkward in China, my sister-in-law’s blog about living there. it’s pretty fantastic, witty, and funny.

the hardest thing about photographing people in the dark without a tripod is ISO settings. people talk about gear via dollar amounts with the misconception that the more expensive a DSLR is, the better the photos are going to turn out. that would be utter bullshit. it’s just another tool to manipulate buyers into spending more money than they should be. more megapixels?! only if you are going to be printing wall sized portraits for your next ad campaign. chances are you’re just posting to your Flickr page (which i do fairly regularly i might add…).

PRO TIP: photos are going to be as good as the photographer taking them.

the only time more expensive gear is a must is when you are shooting images in varying places. high speed ISO is a must for sports photographers, quality low speed ISO is a must for photographers who shoot in low light. any time i can get rid of digital grain, i will spend extra money to do so. photos are with 5D and my EF24-105mm f/4.0L USM. love that combo.

the music:
i declare today to be, “Find your best cover on your iPod day”… .

so i went right for the jugular there. choices included but were not limited to: cowboy junkies – sweet jane, the pants – golgi apperatus, the pietasters – fiesta, rage against the machine – ghost of tom joad, reel big fish – gigantic, johnny cash – rusty cage, ted leo – since you been gone/maps, braid – alec eiffle, etc.

when you precede the beach boys cover with the songs, los angeles and i heard ramona sing, only to follow it up with fu manchu? i pick frank. mr. black, the stage is yours. rock me joey…

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