I went back up to Fei Ngo Shan on July 1st. I’ve shot here many times at night. This was just my second time going there during the day time with all of my gear. I’d gone two days earlier but HK was buried in a haze that day. And once again, crystal clear skies in Sai Kung didn’t translate to crystal clear skies over Hong Kong or Kowloon, but it was much better than before. I’m still sorting through the photos but here’s a shot from the day, a view of part of Sai Kung.
All the way up in the top center of the photo you can see the High Island Reservoir. All those boats are in the area known as Hebe Haven. The collection of houses in a semi-circle surrounded by water are Marina Cove (I lived there in 2001 and 2002.) The houses on the upper right are in an area called Nam Wai. Those in the bottom center are in Ho Chung. You can see the abandoned Asia Television building (the big red and green stripes) – I live about 2 kilometers up the road from there.
This shot is looking towards Tseung Kwan O – a collection of “new towns” that’s part of Sai Kung district. I believe we’re looking at Po Lam and Hang Hau here.
These were both taken on the road up the mountain. Usually I’ve gone up at night and don’t stop till I reach an observation point near the top. Driving up in daylight, it was clear that I had to pull over and get some shots of these views as well.
One thing about Fei Ngo Shan (also called Kowloon Peak in English) is that you don’t see too many Caucasians going up there for some reason. Most of the people who do go there are extremely friendly, especially other photographers. They all agree that it’s a much better view (and crowd) than you get at the far more famous Victoria Peak.
This time I met a family. Husband, wife and two teenage children. The dad was shooting with the new Olympus OM-D. Meanwhile his son, probably around 12 years old, had the Fuji X-Pro1 on a strap around his neck. “You’ve got the Olympus and your son’s got the X-Pro1?” “No, that’s mine too, he’s just taking some shots with it. I also have the new Pentax.” Seeing as how I’m currently out of work and looking, perhaps I should have asked the guy what he did for a living or who he worked for, but somehow it just seemed too pushy and I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I did have one private D-uh! moment though. After I’d been there for around an hour, I filled up my memory card. “Shit! Now I might as well leave. Why didn’t I pack more memory cards?” And then of course I realized that the D800 has two slots, that I had cards in both slots, and had the SD card set to back-up the CF card. So I formatted the SD card, changed the settings for the cards, and was able to keep on shooting. Last month B&H Photo was having 50% off sales on SanDisk Extreme Pro cards and I didn’t order any. I checked today and they’re back to full price. So I’m now waiting for the next sale.
The benefit of being out of work, if you want to call it that, is that I’ll have plenty more chances to go back to Fei Ngo Shan during the day, hoping for a rare super-clear day. And one day soon I’ll probably head to Tai Mo Shan, which is said to offer great views of Shenzhen as well as Hong Kong.
I’ll upload more pictures tomorrow.