Friday, December 26, 2014

A memorable reunion at Nam Sang Wai in Hong Kong 南生圍懷舊之旅

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】
《A memorable reunion of university classmates at Nam Sang Wai in Hong Kong》: On Dec 23, 2014 I made a trip to Nam Sang Wai with my university classmates in Hong Kong. This excursion to was joyous and meaningful as we shared the joy of landscape photography, recollected our golden university life and captured the last face of the changing fish ponds before their disappearance under the rapid urbanization in the New Territories.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sai Kung East Countryside 西貢東郊野

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】
《Sai Kung East Country Park in Hong Kong》: Hong Kong is widely known for her beautiful countryside and outlying islands. Liu Ke-xiang, a famous hiking observer from Taiwan in his new book, "Three-quarters of Hong Kong", also realized that three-quarters of the countryside is the actual character of Hong Kong. As such, on Dec 17, 2014 Colman, my university classmate and I went to Sai Kung East Country Park for taking photos of the country landscape. I am glad that he could join me as we have missed each other for several decades since we left university.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Colors in Horseshoe Valley at Barrie 馬蹄谷上看秋色

【Ontario Yours to Discover】In Toronto, October is always a good month to see maple colors. In the past few years, I always spent an hour's drive north of Toronto to visit Horseshoe Valley Road in Barrie to enjoy the fall colors. I like to go to the section of the Horseshoe Valley Road near the Horseshoe Valley Skii Resort . The entrance of the resort is at the bottom of the slope. While standing on the top of the hill on the Horseshoe Valley Road, one will see the road run down to the valley bottom and continue to move up to the top of the hill. The road appears like a roller coaster on the slide.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Current 洪流

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
Inspired by the people of Hong Kong in turmoil in 2014 :

《The Current》   - Peter Bok
He ...
standing on the bridge
quietly sees the fall
that creates millions droplets out of which

Monday, October 6, 2014

Huntsville Lions Lookout 獅子觀景臺

【Behind the Image】《Huntsville Lions Lookout》: The Lions Lookout is in the midst of Huntsville town. One can drive up to the hill top with tall trees in the surroundings. A canopy was built for sight-seeing. The north side is the Huntsville valley whereas the east side can view the Muskoka Lake with a few small islands.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crooked Piles 歪木

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
Dedicated to the people of Hong Kong in turmoil 2014 :

 《Crooked Piles》   - Peter Bok
On a barrow
Laid the desolate rails
Below is a tranquil trail
Meandering onto the lakeshore tail

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crescent Moon over the Sky Ride 天際吊車見月牙

【Ontario Yours to Discover】: This is the fourth year I visited Canada National Exhibition (CNE) for photography. On August 28, 2014 I went to this annual event at 7:30pm after queuing for one hour for admission.  I did not have much time for photography of different activities as I had to leave at 10pm, I only focused my photo theme on the Sky Ride.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diary of the Super Moon in Toronto 多倫多巨月日誌

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
On April 15: 《Missed the Lunar eclipse》
That night, the cloudy sky was not good for moon photography! August 10, 2014 is another great chance to capture the imminent super moon. Super moon is the moon at perigee with the closest point of 356,955 kilometers to Earth in its orbit – one that is up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a regular full moon.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tamron 500mm Reflex Lens 騰龍500mm反射鏡頭

I bought a used Tamron 500mm f/8 mirror reflex lens last year. This kind of mirror reflective lens was produced in the 70s when I was learning film photography. It was created for photographer shooting with a longer focal length but in a compact size and light weight. However, this kind of reflective lens dropped out in favor in the 90s.

Monday, July 7, 2014

On the stage 舞台上下

【On the Stage】 《Christina Wan's 50th Anniversary in Performing Art》 In celebrating the 50th anniversary in the professional performing art in Cantonese Opera, Ms Christina Wan, a prominent celebrity from Hong Kong, together with three other renowned artists, viz. WJ Ho, Candy Wai and Johnson Yuen flied from Hong Kong to Toronto to perform a Cantonese opera show at Markham Theatre on July 6, 2014 at 6:30pm.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Three Birds on Stakes 木中無人三隻鳥

【Ontario Yours to Discover】That day we went to Pickering in Toronto to take sunset photographs. This day, my photo buddy, John and I wished to continue outdoor photography. We went to Pickering again but this time we followed the map to a nearby creek near the marinas in a lakeside park. The location was facing the dam and the distant lighthouse. We wanted to practice slow shutter shooting but upon arrival, we were surprised to find many flying birds.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunset Pickering 日落碧谷寧

【Ontario Yours to Discover】 Toronto has charming evening, but to shoot the beautiful sunset at dusk, we have to invest a little thought to find a suitable location good for photography. Perhaps we can go to the lakeshore downtown. The Toronto lake has a long shoreline which stretches eastward with many sunset attractions. That day, Derek, John and I, the Photo Trio went to Pickering, about 20km east of Toronto to take some sunset photographs.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I wanna be a tiny bird 我願作一只小小鳥

【Ontario Yours to Discover】  A few days ago, I was driving eastbound on Steeles Avenue in Toronto. After turning to the Old Finch Avenue I noticed that the street scene gradually changed. The busy street became narrow and desolate. My car was entering into the area of a country farm. Incidentally, I saw a small pond on the roadside. It was tranquil and lovely.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Night colors in Toronto 多倫多夜色

【Ontario Yours to Discover】  Though the night scene in Toronto is not gorgeous than Hong Kong's "Pearl of the Orient", its light colors along the lakeside in downtown are still attractive. My photo friend, John invited me to take night photos at lakeside Toronto, I was glad to accept his invitation. We had our dinner in a Chinese restaurant in downtown before heading to lakeshore.

Monday, April 28, 2014

I ain't lonesome 我不會寂寞

【Ontario Yours to Discover】In April, I went to Toogood Pond in Toronto several time to shoot Canadian geese and made geese the themes of these photo albums and posts. However, it seems that these albums are lacking some images with human touch.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Goose 説雁

【粵腔戲筆 • Cantonese Rhymed Doggerel】 

《攝雁 Snapping Goose》
我拍雁 I shoot geese
初拍雁 My first photo geese
多多雁 Many many Torontonian geese
多拍雁 Snap more geese
多雛雁 Many young growing geese
拍多雁 Shooting these Torontonian geese
拍雛雁 Snap the young geese
拍歌雁 the singing gees

Monday, April 14, 2014

We are Canadian Geese 我們是加拿大雁

Tower: "Goose 1, clear to land first."
Goose 1: "Roger"
Tower: "I can't see any landing gear. Is your gear down?"
Goose 1: "Say what, I can't understand you"
Tower: "Are you Thunder Goose 1? Your gear is NOT DOWN"
Goose 2: "We are Canadian Geese"
Tower: "Shit ..."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Canadian Geese at Toogood Pond 㤗瑞池塘觀鵝踪

【Ontario Yours to Discover】
It was overcast and cool on Thursday. Though it was already in early spring, the winter chill was still there. John of our "Photography Trio" texted me and Derek a message suggesting bird photography at the Toogood Pond. Three of us then had chit-chat for a while at a roadside coffee shop before driving to the destination. The pond still has a layer of ice.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Capturing Birds in Nam Sang Wai 南生圍候鳥攝影

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】  Over the past three years, every time I returned to Hong Kong, I would always go to Nam Sang Wai in Yuen Long for photography because I believe that in the process of urban development, Nam Sang Wai will eventually disappear. As such, I want to have a closer look of it before its total disappearance!  

Monday, March 10, 2014

On Lamma Island 南丫記行

【Photo Inspiration】: 
 "On Lamma Island"

Lamma Island is lovely and peaceful
Fish cages laid on Sok Kwu Bay
Two mythical tigers guard the Tin Hau Temple
Sleeping dragon blesses us everyday

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tung Ping Chau 東平洲

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】Tung Ping Chau is a crescent-shaped island, located in Mirs Bay in the northeast waters of Hong Kong with a total area of 1.1 square kilometers. The highest point is Hok Ngam Teng of 48 meters on the southeastern end of the island. As the island looks flat, it is so named as Ping Chau (lit. flat island) . In order to distinguish "Ping Chau" the one located between Hong Kong island and Lantao island, it is also called "Tung (lit. east) Ping Chau". In the 1950s, about 1,500 villages were distributed in ten villages, living off in farming and fishing.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Greetings in the Year of Horse 2014 馬年賀辭

【Behind the Image】: Wish you a happy﹐ successful and prosperous Year of the Horse 2014. This photo was one of the photo exercises taken at the home of our Photo Trio. Three of us spent an evening practicing low light photography with long-time exposure.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Plover Cove Reservoir 船灣淡水湖

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】Plover Cove Reservoir was built in the northeast New Territories, Hong Kong. The main dam extends from Tai Mei Tuk to the Plover Cove, connecting the southern end of two small islands. The dam surrounds the islands blocking seawater and pumping out brackish water to create a reservoir. The reservoir was completed in 1968, becoming the world's largest and is the first reservoir built in the sea.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Shing Moon Reservoir 城門水塘

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】Shing Moon Reservoir was built in 1923. The original 8 villages in the area were moved to Kam Tin, Tai Po and Fanling for resettlement.  In 1937, the construction of the reservior was completed with a capacity of three thousand million gallions. It was the largest reservor compared with those in Britain and her other colonies. That was also the year King George V had accession to the throne for 25 years. Therefore, the reservior was also named as "Jubilee Reservior".

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Aberdeen Reservoir 香港仔水塘

【Hong Kong Nostalgia】Aberdeen Reservoir was built in 1890 to provide water supply for the Southern District of Hong Kong Island. Reservoir of Aberdeen includes Upper Reservoir and Lower Reservoir. Reservoir is located in the country parks with hiking trails. It becomes a favorite place for tourists to visit.