Category Archives: Hong Kong

Preview – Ian Anderson in Hong Kong

Ian Anderson Plays the Very Best of Jethro Tull in Hong Kong

Yes, I know, not many posts here lately, lots of reasons for that which I won’t go into at the moment.

Last night I had the privilege to shoot Ian Anderson, performing at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld under the banner of “Ian Anderson Plays the Very Best of Jethro Tull.” I was the official photographer for the concert, as well as for the “meet and greet” held earlier in the day for fans who purchased VIP tickets. I got to meet Anderson, get his autograph and a photo of myself with him – a thrill since I’ve been a fan of Jethro Tull since 1968. And for my first time seeing him live, let me just say it was not a disappointment.

More photos from the concert to follow by the weekend.

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Hazden New CD & Upcoming Show

I shot the band Hazden at an Underground show in December 2012. As a music fan, I enjoyed their set – they say they’ve fused British rock and J-rock to create their own style.  As a photographer, the band stood out for me because Faye Wan, their lead singer, has such a beautiful and distinctive look.

 

The band has just released a new 6 song EP titled Once. (The link is to the digital version available on iTunes.) They’ve been around since 2007 but I believe this is their first CD.  The songs are all original compositions by the band, sung in English and Cantonese.

I received an autographed copy in the mail this week:

 

They sent it to me because they used some of my photos from that gig in the nicely designed booklet that accompanies the CD.  Honestly, I would have been happy enough with the credit they gave me in the booklet. The autographed CD is a nice bonus!

They’ve got a CD release party coming up in Hong Kong next month.

 

It’s July 19th at the Fringe Club.  They’ve lined up two opening acts and I think it’s going to be a great night for independent Hong Kong music. You can find out all the details on the event page on Facebook.

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A Big Bunny

 

Standing guard in front of Tai Om Village, much like the Colossus of Rhodes, no? Except probably unlike the Colossus of Rhodes, a minute after I took this photo all the village dogs came over and took turns peeing on it.

Here’s a crop that shows how well the sensor from the Sony RX100 performs.

 

All of the RX100 photos I’ve been posting have been from RAW – though honestly, to my eyes at least, I’m not seeing a huge difference between the JPGs and the RAW files.

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A Few Random RX100 Shots

I think the only reason I left the house today was because I pushed myself to do it so I’d get outside and get to know the RX100 a little bit better.  The result – bought 1 of the 2 things I needed to buy and somehow ended up buying shoes that might be too small. Anyway …. outside, the RX100 really shines (pardon the pun).  This first photo more for the textures and the detail rather than anything else:

 

And here’s a crop from the above.

 

Is it as sharp as my D800? No, of course not. But it’s certainly good enough. And since I do crop a lot, having a 20 mega pixel sensor certainly doesn’t hurt.

Maybe some time I should do a post on how horrible it is to have to shoot when you only have an LCD screen and not a viewfinder. Exact framing is all but impossible, especially in bright light. I wish there was an accessory viewfinder available for this, but without a hot shoe I suppose there’s no way to mount one.

And you lose the stability one gets when one holds a camera with two hands, elbows bent, up against your face. Fortunately Sony’s image stabilization works pretty well to compensate for that.

 

Now with some cropping and a few other minor adjustments:

 

As you should be able to see, the detail is fine enough to clearly make out the two characters on those red signs on the door.

I love wandering around in Hong Kong and coming across classic shops like this one:

 

I suppose this sort of image cries out for a black and white treatment, huh?

 

Always something interesting to see along Sai Yeung Choi South Street on a Saturday.

 

A bit further down the street.

 

Doesn’t really look much like RDJ, does it?

 

Well, as I said in the subject for this post, random shots.

But overall, yes, the Sony RX100 is so small and light that one can easily bring it along for the day without having to think twice.  And you can pull it out of your pocket, turn it on and grab a photo (or, ahem, snap a shot) with one hand, which is nice. The small size will definitely be an advantage for remaining inconspicuous or looking like a tourist when shooting crowded streets.

I’m not finding the Sony menus as annoying as I was anticipating. But I’m still not really familiar with the controls – it’s not like a Fuji X camera where everything is right there on dials in front of you.  I need to get a bit more used to the controls and start getting the hell out of “P” mode.

 

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Beertopia Hong Kong Gallery Now Up

This was the second year for Beertopia Hong Kong – a festival of craft beers from around the world.  Last year it was held at the Western Market in Sheung Wan; this year it was outdoors at the West Kowloon Promenade.  Aside from the beers, there was a good selection of food and 10 bands performing live, including visiting Canadian band Van de Kamp. I was hired to shoot the afternoon session and it enjoyed it so much that I returned in the evening with my girlfriend to join in the crowd.  Here’s a few photos, lots more can be found on the Beertopia Hong Kong 2013 gallery page.

 

 

 

 

 

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