A short 3 day trip to Guilin and Yangshuo in Guanxi province in China.
From Hong Kong a 40 min cross border bus to Shenzhen. From Shenzhen to Guilin by night service sleeper bus. If you have time and don’t have to rush after office, you may board the high speed train to Guilin North from Shenzhen or Guangzhou.
It is suggested to have a guide as people hardly speak English there. Guide is not much costly around 50 USD per day. They will have a sedan or SUV depending on the number of people in your group.
These are few snapshots from London
The word photograph can be broken down to the words photo and graph therefore photography literally means painting with light.
I was invited by one of my photographer friend to do a documentary on an old style Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. The restaurant is in one of the busiest districts of the city. That was a hot summer Sunday afternoon. We bade each other good bye after the photo shoot and she went her own way. But I decided to spend some more time on the fresh vegetable and meat market nearby which normally bustles with activity. While crossing a road I saw a butcher’s shop which was closed but there were some interesting shadows passing by every second in front of the closed shutters. I waited for a few minutes for something more interesting and got the below shot.
I was browsing through my hard disk and found these old photographs which I took six years back in Beijing with a very humble Nikon D40 and 18-55 mm kit lens plus an used 10 mm (16mm on 35mm format) antiquated manual focus lens which I bought from a local shop. The photographs are very average. You may find annoying empty foreground on the wide shots. Despite all those mistakes I thought of sharing the photos with you guys as I just want to share the experience and not my expertise 🙂
This blog is about Hong Kong and I will keep on adding photographs into this as I capture new. My attempt is to showcase some unique landscapes / seascapes of Hong Kong. Although the photographs are shot in very well known places I have tried my best to shoot such that it gives a different flavor of the same place where you guys (if you are a Hong Kong-er) have been many times. The intention is to show the same places beyond the obvious frames.
The visual effects on the photographs are 100% original and achieved using proper gear and patience for the right time and right light. The minimum post processing which has been done to these images are dodging / burning, curves, levels i.e. all the old school dark room techniques using today’s digital darkroom aka Photoshop. Therefore basically only the contrast and the brightness of the images are altered to fit for web viewing and printing. I have also modified the white balance a bit in order to compensate for the odd color cast from the cheap Chinese filters which I used for these photographs.
Let’s start with a seascape. This is one of the first few photographs I shot when I was very new to Hong Kong. This one was shot on a moonlit night near Tong Fuk village in the Lantau Island
“Aapni Bangla bojhen ?” (Translates as- “Do you understand Bengali?” ) I heard someone calling from behind. My mother tongue is Bengali and I was talking to my wife while waiting for the tempo traveler which would take us to our next destination. I found a young white skinned lady was smiling at us and saying “Hi, I’m Lucy”.
We started early in the morning, with the same guide and team mates. It would be a long and tiring full day journey from Lhasa to Shigatse (read my previous blog on Lhasa here).
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and situated at 3900 mtrs which is slightly higher altitude than Lhasa at 3656 mtrs, the capital and largest city in Tibet. We would pass through the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo river, Yamdrok Lake, Karola glacier and Gyantse monastery on our journey to Shigatse.
Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, 7191mts. View from outskirts of Lhasa
We started sharp at 8:30 in the morning in our cozy tempo traveler.
“Japan or Tibet”, I asked her and without thinking twice she replied, “You know my answer”. I gave her a smile and this is how we decided to visit Tibet.
Hi Folks !
Here I am back with one more write up. This time with more photographs and less words 🙂
These photographs are part of my ongoing project on the public transport. As you might have read in my previous post that I shoot mostly on the week days while commuting or during the lunch hours so public transport is kind of a natural choice to me.