2012-11-22 The Lights of Hong Kong

4 12 2012

The city of Hong Kong is an amazing place. Busy. Bustling. Dense. Full of GREAT food. The one thing that takes Hong Kong that extra step up the ladder – the night LIGHTS. There’s nothing like the beauty of Hong Kong’s skyline or the crazy lights of Mong Kok!

1. 2IFC

2IFC rises up and above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Star Ferry pier and the light show in Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Western Central District

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The TST Clock Tower

Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Junk sailing

Junk and Hong Kong Skyline by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Something a bit bigger.

Star Cruises liner departs Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Central Skyline Panorama

Hong Kong by Night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are sooo MANY AMAZING SIGHTS! You can check out more at my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7632168587640/

I hope you feel the magic of the lights too!





2012-11-22 A walk around “The Peak”

3 12 2012

We decided to head up to Victoria Peak with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom and Lorna and Claire.  We took a cab up and wandered around the Peak shops and checked out the goodies they offered – all at ridiculous “tourist marked up” pricing.  This one sign, however caught my eye

That’s what we need in Canada!  And the price is right… about $7CAD.  Well – it was a bit too early for that, so we kept looking about. Next thing you know, we run into Bruce Lee!  With this group of helpers, he was sure to win, even if he WAS wax Winking smile

We went for a walk around the “Morning Trail” which led us around the Northwest corner of the Peak.  It opened into lovely vistas of Kowloon, unfortunately the sun and fog were challenging bug we got a few pictures of Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC and the ships in the Kowloon Western harbour.

After the walk around the peak, we took a cab part way down the hill to the Wan Chai Gap park.  Mrs Dragonspeed’s dad used to take the kids here when they were little. They walked UP and down the hill to Aberdeen when they were young.  We were going to walk down.  ALL the way down the Aberdeen!  We came across a tonne of pretty butterflies. It must be butterfly season as this was the second time in a week that I have seen so many together.

We even saw a couple of new birds (for me). Here’s the Japanese White-eye:

It was a good day of exercise and the clouds kept it from getting too hot, but didn’t help the shooting.  Well – I guess it’s a compromise!

The whole set of shots from the peak can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632167122072/

Thanks for reading and dropping in to check out the photos!





2012-11-20 A nice relaxing day

21 11 2012

We didn’t do too much during the day on the 20th, but we did head over to Mong Kok in the evening to have dinner at a friend’s place.  It was my first time being in a regular Hong Kong apartment.  It was lovely, albeit a bit small.  Apparently the thick concrete walls means that you don’t hear your neighbours, which is good, because everyone lives pretty close to one another!

Our friend has two dogs, which made a significant part of the evening fun – trying to photograph people with dogs 😉

Here are some of my successes:

The Pomeranian – Cookie

The Chocolate Lab – Choco

Mrs Dragonspeed with Cookie

Claire with Choco

and then there are the “Fun trying to shoot dogs” shot:

Between the dogs, the good company and the great food, it was a fun evening!

On the way home, the requisite night shots:

Mong Kok lights:

Night food

The full set of photos is at my flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632067410173/

Next Blog entry will be Ocean Park!





Hong Kong 2011-11-21

22 11 2011
Hong Kong Skyline by nightFish at the marketLunch with my inlawsTemple in AberdeenTemple in AberdeenTemple in Aberdeen
Temple in AberdeenTemple in AberdeenTemple in AberdeenTemple in AberdeenMong Kok at 10 am... still busy.Evening on Nathan Road
Canon's service centre in HKHong Kong Skyline by nightHong Kong Skyline by nightHong Kong Skyline by nightHong Kong Skyline by nightHong Kong Skyline by night
Hong Kong Skyline by nightHong Kong Skyline by nightMuk Muk and Duck Duck take the Star FerryIFC OneMuk Muk and Duck Duck take the Star Ferry

Hong Kong 2011-11-21, a set on Flickr.

We spent the morning with the inlaws around Aberdeen. We had lunch and dropped into a local temple for a look around and then headed down to pick up our 17-55 f/2.8IS that we had dropped in to Canon a few days ago. it was ready to pick up. Not like Canon Canada that seems to delight in taking weeks to get things back! Wow… nice speed Canon HK!

From Canon, it was a short hop over to the star ferry pier in Kowloon to shoot the lights of central after sunset. What a lovely city! That’s gotta take a lot of coal to keep those lights burning though.

After a long day walking, it was good to get home.








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