I normally have very little luck photographing butterflies as they never seem to stay still enough to capture. Even when they do alight for any length of time they tend to be in amongst dense foliage, or under dull light conditions. So, when this little beauty hung around for a few minutes in the same location, I got clicking. Imagine my chagrin, therefore, when among all the photos snapped, my favourite was this one taken by my daughter on her Canon G11 using the ‘colour accent’ mode. Ah well, keep trying!
Who knew the pigeons could be such patient and willing models?
How is that child sleeping there? It’s stinking hot; the motorbike is swerving, bouncing and braking all over the road; the air is full of choking dust and fumes from the hundreds of oily, inefficient, 2-stroke engines that clog the roads; there is the incessant noise from hooters, horns and klaxons and it’s not exactly the most comfortable perch in the World. How on earth a mother’s fear for its child’s safety is not transmitted and communicated through that shoulder pillow, I just can’t fathom; how the mother can balance herself confidently in that position is just as baffling. How is it right, legal and moral that only the male driver is wearing any safety equipment? How is it that everyone surrounding and observing this scene, bar myself, regards it as totally unremarkable? How is this not illegal? How……….?…………But,…. this is the way it all works!
INDIA – at times completely incomprehensible to us westerners!
Encouraged by what I’ve learned from some on-line Photoshop tutorials, I combined some shots I took a few days ago into this panoramic image and then filled in the spaces that were left over by the software process, using the same techniques employed on the previous blog. The cloud structure – which is what drew my attention to the view in the first place – has not been tampered with at all; it really was that dramatic. This is also the view seen by container ships approaching Hong Kong from the Pearl River Delta. To the right is Lantau Island and to the left the south western end of the New Territories. In the distance are the Tsing Ma, Kap Shui Mun and Ting Kau Bridges; the first of which these ships have to pass under before arriving at Hong Kong’s container terminal. The town in the distance is Tsuen Wan. Looking at the cloud structure, you can see the distinct difference between the yellow/brown, pollution laden air in the lower levels and the clearer air above. Indeed, much of this pollution is generated by the dirty fuel burned by such shipping, although not all the blame can be laid at their doorstep. Considering that all the images (and there are 8 in total) used in this composite view were taken from the pitching and rolling upper deck of a local ferry, I’m very pleased with the result.
I was never quite sure about leaving the parasol in the corner of my last post, but I didn’t know how to do anything about it. After a bit of ‘Photoshop Research’ I’ve managed to learn how to cut it out and replace it with something a bit more natural. I think it’s an improvement, do you agree?
Tai O is a traditional fishing village of the Tanka people on the western end of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The Tanka build their houses on stilts above the tidal streams that interconnect between the main part of the island and a smaller island that gives the village its name. Fishing barely provides a subsistence living for the inhabitants anymore and the 70 acres of once-productive salt pans on the edge of the village are now barely in use. Replacing the traditional incomes, which also included piracy and smuggling, is tourism. An enterprising young local who had been away in China to study had recently returned and opened a tea shop at this location. With comfortable chairs, sun parasols and a decent selection of teas, his terrace overlooking the water was a very pleasant place to spend some time. If the tea was a little expensive, I didn’t mind paying for it if it allowed the younger generations to remain in their traditional homes, rather then move to the city. His remaining in the village also meant his elderly parents had family to care for them and, in few years, his young daughter would be studying at the local school and providing reason to keep it open. Everybody wins!