Manolo Blahniks – Blah! Jimmy Choos – Phoo! Christian Louboutin – Boo!
A brand new pair of Salomon XT Wings 3 Mountain Trail Running Shoes on their first outing in the wet and murky Hong Kong hills……Mmmmmmmm!!!!!……………..Weird, my wife!
This is not the finished article on this image, a little more processing and straightening of the waterline is required, but I wanted to publish a post and hadn’t the time to complete the work this evening. It is a panorama of the Hong Kong skyline taken from Kowloon side. On a dark and gloomy day, the sun (where-ever it was, or had been) had set about half an hour ago and the Christmas lights adorning the buildings had just come on. The tallest buildings pierced the low-hung cloud and the lights from the decorations were diffused in the moisture. It doesn’t seem to matter what the conditions are like though, this is always a captivating view in my opinion.
The image is comprised of 7 overlapping photographs, which cover a field of view of just under 90 degrees. Each image was taken at a 5 second exposure.
The weather has been dreadfully dull and dreary of late; hardly inspirational for photography. Anyway, I had thought the lack of light might enable me to experiment with trying to convey a blurred sense of motion in some running photos. It turned out that the weather was so miserable we were reluctant to hang about trying much at all. This was the best of a very small bunch, captured between the downpours!
Today is the 4th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai in India. On the 3rd Anniversary, after a morning of sightseeing around the city, I happened to take afternoon tea at the very spot where much of the attention was focused that day; The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. This is a view of a very quaint (but essential) English pursuit with the Gateway of India Monument and the harbour visible through the window. This was an awful event, albeit one from which Mumbai and the hotel appear to have recovered well.
Now, on a day when the English cricket team have redeemed themselves from a first test match thrashing in Ahmedabad by inflicting a similar result upon their hosts in Mumbai, I also couldn’t resist posting a photo of an Indian about to loose his wicket at the Oval Maidan recreation ground in Mumbai – also exactly a year ago today.
This aeroplane is registered as B-HUP, (a Boeing 747 Freighter for all you ‘spotters’ out there!) but it’s had its name shortened to something far more appropriate for a machine that spends on average 14 hours every day UP in the air. A year ago today and I was about to fly it from Hong Kong to Mumbai.
My intention, when I started this project was to take a photo a day for a year. Up until now I’ve been doing great, maybe missing the odd day here or there. However, life for the next month is going to get extremely busy and I’ve been thinking the project would come to an end. Then I remembered that, as is my obsessive way sometimes, I’d started ‘practising’ for this project back in late November 2011 – I have actually taken a photo a day for 365 days, just not the full calendar year that I’d intended. Anyway, in the interests of keeping this project going for the entirety of 2012, the time has come to use some ‘super-sub’ photos. This particular one was taken a year ago and is symbolic of the passage of time since I started my daybydaybyphoto. (In case you’re wondering it is a view from the Eurostar platform at London’s St Pancras Station)