One of my more recently produced painterly motion-driven images. There is very little post production work done in this image. Most of what you see is either motion, or me playing to the usual quirks of a Nikon sensor. The rest? Well, I’m not even sure it’s F8 and be there. I ‘d just call this luck. You can decide for yourself if it’s good luck or bad luck.
Just a slightly different view. No. I still don’t know what they are. They bloom in the summer. They are purplish-translucent. I don’t believe that they are weeds. Their apparent fragility is what attracts me to them, However, I’ve never touched one to know if they are fragile. Touching them seemed like I was messing with nature too much.
Usually when I shoot a flower picture, I do it because the flower itself attracted me. I’m not a horticulturist. I’m not very deep into nature. In fact, I feel sort of the same as a friend of mine does about birds. Once, when we were traveling, he pointed out a bird and said, “that’s a Grackle.” I saw another bird and I asked what it was. His reply? “I only know one kind of bird.” It’s the same thing for me with flowers. Usually, if I submit flower pictures to any of the agencies who represent me, I have to spend a lot of time in books and online identifying just what it was that I photographed. That’s the long way of saying, I have no idea what this flower might be. I just saw it, liked it and photographed it from below with a Canon G9.
back in Hong Kong, the trams are still rolling. Built in the early 1900s, the trams have been one very stable mode of transportation on the island, stretching almost the entire length of the island on the harbor side. They are rather cramped inside, but they are double decked, giving the upstairs riders a nice view of the city. In this image, a tram takes a curve near the seat of Hong Kong government and the Legco building. Legco being the proper term for Legislative Council. The image was made a dusk which accounts for the very bluish shadows. I was photographing from a flyover that eventually leads to The Bank of China building.
Thailand is mostly a Buddhist country. There are a few Christians through – out the country and there are Muslims in the southern area as it reaches Malaysia. This golden Buddha face is found in the largest temple in Thailand, just north of Bangkok. On any day, there are thousands of people praying and making offerings. It is truly an amazing sight. Yes, this face is real gold. Knowing Asian uses of gold, I suspect it is 24 karat gold. The light globes in the background are reflections from string of lights that are hung in the temple.
from Thailand. Let’s go shopping on the river about 40 miles south of Bangkok near Bang Noi which is very close to the Gulf of Thailand. Here, as in other spots along many rivers; tradespeople, farmers and fisherman gather to sell their wares on sort of a floating Wal Mart. It’s just like Wal Mart, except the prices are better and the goods are superior. There are restaurants, coffee shops, dry goods, art, antiquity and all manner of unnameable shops under the tin roofs. Since the weather is hot and very humid near the rivers, it is best to go in the very early morning, finish your shopping and have lunch around 11am and then hit the road
Hollywood Road. Sounds like it should be in Los Angeles, yes? Well, this Hollywood Road is in Hong Kong’s Central district where it stretches from the old Ice House to Sheung Wan and the home of the Chinese funeral industry. However, before it gets to Sheung Wan, it becomes the arts and antiquities center of the city. Some of the art found there is great and original. And, some is knock offs and imitations. In most places, the area is not as congested as the rest of Hong Kong and it does make for some nice strolling. Just above Hollywood Road is Staunton Street which has emerged from being a tiny neighborhood street into being a tiny global restaurant row. This image was made in the early evening and enhanced slightly to bring out the natural color on the street.
There are all sorts of markets in Hong Kong and Kowloon. Yesterday, I wrote about the ladies market in Mong Kok. And, the other day, I wrote about the upscale department stores in Causeway, Today, I’ll write a little about wet markets. There is generally a wet market in some central area on both sides of the harbor. In this case, the is the wet market in Central. It winds through side and back streets from the travelator almost to Hollywood Road and down to Queens Road. That’s a big piece of real estate. You can buy almost any kind of food there. Most of it is fresh, including meat and fish. You can also find cheap clothing and trinkets there as you make your way to the more business-oriented side of the market. Many Hong Kong people make this a daily stop on their way home from work. They like their dinners fresh. And, slow cooked. Hmmmm. Trendy. In the United States.
No, you can’t buy ladies there. And, the shopping is not limited to ladies. But, anyone can buy just about everything else for very cheap prices. It is located at Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, in Kowloon. It is a very typical blue collar Chinese district. But tourists from every place on earth tend to find their way there. Some people call it the busiest place on the planet. Michael Connelly fans will note that although he had Detective Harry Bosch chasing the triad around Hong Kong, he never entered Mong Kok which could have made things very interesting.