This week’s Photo Challenge is “Extra“.
The challenger wants us to show pictures which includes a little something in them.
Here are three photos of the same theme that has got a little something slipped into the pictures.
We were walking on the dam of the Plover Cove reservoir which was formed by building a dam in the sea and pumped the water dry on one side.
So, on one side, you have the side and on the other side, you have the fresh water reservoir.
The reservoir, when constructed in the 60s, was the world’s first fresh water lake reclaimed from an arm of the ocean.
The reservoir is the largest reservoir in Hong Kong in terms of area, and the second-largest in terms of volume (holding 230 million m3). Its main dam was one of the largest in the world at the time of its construction, cutting off Plover Cove from the sea. One main dam and three service dams were built to shut the cove off from the sea. The cove was then drained and was converted into a fresh water lake.
The construction of the reservoir was an engineering feat. The dam of the Reservoir is 28m tall and approximately 2 km long. Our plan was to walk from one end of the dam to another and then retrace our footsteps on our way back.
When photographing the sceneries, dragon flies got into the pictures.
They are small, but they flew close to the lens, they were magnified and looks big relative to the other features in the picture..
Many tourists visiting Hong Kong know that there is a Women’s Market. In fact, there is also a Men’s market.
This is how the market is described in Wikipedia:
The Temple Street Night Market is sometimes known as Men’s Street as it is very popular for men’s fashion. The market starts at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, but is lively at dusk daily. Traffic is closed on the street at that time, and visitors swarm into the street. There are more than a hundred stalls with colourful lights in the market. There are carts bulging with goods from clothing to mobile phones and watches. Stalls have items mainly for men, jeans, t-shirts, pants, lighters, shoes, condoms and men’s accessories. Cheap merchandise is common in the night market. Cheap second hand goods such as cassettes, video tapes, old newspapers, antiques are also sold there. Like in other night markets in South East Asia, prices can always be negotiated by bargaining.
Here is a photo taken by my ex-colleague CP Chan. he has taken the photo from a high level.
From the image, you may be able to see a narrow alley swarmed with people and on either side are the stalls or kiosks.
It is so full of life and colors!
To go with this picture, I have the following quotation from Vincent Van Gough:
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
Let’s not be seen by others just as a wisp of smoke!
It is not unusual that I got requests from readers asking whether they could see certain images in the upcoming posts.
Frankly speaking, I am pleased to do that provided I have those images and I am in a mood to upload them; instead of continuing to do things at my own discretion and pace.
Some recent requests include:
- wanting to see the Black & White version of the “room” in Angkor Wat temple.
- wanting to see the original image of the Hong Kong city skyline during night time without the added blue tint.
I am including these images and those recently posted ones for comparison purposes.
As you can see, the B&W showing the room in Angkor Wat is more mysterious and spooky.
It is difficult to say whether the HK night scene is better without the blue tint.
Although, I must say, the blue tint sometimes work better.
I have another image here with the blue tint, unlike the other one , the background doesn’t have many colored lights – it is just blue or white – it looks even more calm and fantastic!
This week’s Travel Theme is Cities.
I am only showing one city – my beloved world city of Hong Kong.
This is a night scene and I have added a blue tint to accentuate the colors.
Please enjoy :-)
Earlier last Monday, we have the Dragon Boat Festival .
It is in the memory of a patriotic poet in the olden days who committed suicide by drowning himself in a river as he was no longer listened by the king at the time.
Apart from the dumplings, of course, we have the Dragon Boat Race. Here are some pictures taken on 6 June, by my ex-colleague Mr. CP Chan, during the international Dragon Boat Race in Hong Kong.
For the international race, the boats are smaller.
In fact, throughout the years, the boats are downsized and simplified.
I could still remember the days when the boats have several dozen of people and highly decorative, some even have parasols on them too!
Here is a picture I have taken of the slightly longer boats when they are not in use.
The tails and the heads of the dragons are separately stored on land while the boats are moored in a sheltered location – waiting for the race next year!
The main theme of my photography at Man Mo Temple was smoke and light ; and I thoroughly the experience.
Light was coming in at an angle and there was a swirling cloud of smoke from the burning incense.
I could remember the smoke scenes from many movie pictures, but it was a scene which I have never seen before.
On looking closer, the smoke from some joss sticks did float up in streaks, streaks which gave the place a particular atmosphere.
The ascending smoke just threw me into a trance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I have been showing two posts – one with burning conical incense and the other one with joss sticks and the swirl of smoke.
I was, in fact, putting the carriage before the horse.
What I should have done was first introduce how the temple looks like before showing the details of the interior.
In this post, I will be trying to show what you would see if you walk from the entrance towards the interior.
Man Mo Temple is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai (文帝) / Man Cheong （文昌） and the martial god Mo Tai (武帝) / Kwan Tai (關帝). The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties. There are several Man Mo Temples in Hong Kong, the best known of which is the temple in Sheung Wan, the one shown in my photos.
You will see that the conical incense are hung up high, with circular pans to collect any falling ashes from the incense. In between the pans, the sunlight comes through at an angle, creating a surreal scene.
On the floor are two big bronze bowls, full of sand and ashes, inserted through here are the joss sticks, some small ones and some really large ones.
In the coming posts, I will post more pictures showing details of the incense and clouds of smoke!
My friend CP has kindly allowed me to share this photo which he has taken last evening.
The photo was taken with the Victoria Harbor and the old Kai Tak Runway in the background.
After the relocation of the airport to Chek Lap Kok in 1998, the runway has now been converted into other uses; for instance, a cruise terminal which can be seen on the image.
You can also see tiny lights on the faraway buildings in the background too.
I like the silhouette of the trees against a sky with some fading light.
He has adopted a slow shutter speed of 30 seconds.
Temperatures here have gone up to around 30 degrees Celsius even during the evening.
People prefer a late stroll or sitting out on the seaside promenade.
So life just goes on as usual in Hong Kong :-)
I have digressed into the theme of incense and smoke, a subject which I will return in due course.
But for now, I need to catch up finishing my series of Twist for the Weekly Photo Challenge.
I have two more photos to show; both taken near my home.
The first one is a tree which sheds all its leave in Autumn and fully covered with green foliage in the Summer.
The bare tree has branches which are sort of twisted.
The second one is located in the Country Park I used to hike.
This is a type of vine with many twists. One just wonders how it can suspend itself between two trees and why the vine is in a twisted form.
In Chinese, this type of vine is known as the Flying Dragon; surely, it didn’t fly from one tree to another!