Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Above Hong Kong

April 3rd, 2014

It has only been about a week since my relocation to Hong Kong and I don't think I'll ever get tired of the view from our flat overlooking the harbor.  It generally stays overcast much of the day but there are instances where we get a clearing.  I've been so anxious to get a good shot of the view from my place that I've got my camera staged on the tripod (MeFoto Carbon Fiber Road Trip) and ready to go at a moments notice.

While there was still a pretty significant cloud layer last night, everything else cleared up quite nicely.

Sony RX1, ISO 100, f/11, 25.0 Sec.
I have always loved long exposure images that capture bolts of lightning but living in Los Angeles, there are not a lot of opportunities to capture these types of images unless you drive out to the high desert.

Now that I am calling Hong Kong home
, it looks like I am going going to have a lot of opportunities to try this out.  Since this is my first time, there are a few observations that I am able to make pretty quickly.

  1. While I did not have a remote shutter release cable handy for the RX1, setting the camera on timer (2 seconds) makes it a very convenient alternative.  What I do like about the RX1 is that is accepts the old school threaded shutter release cables.  These are very inexpensive and easy to use.  I actually have one but its one of the items in the shipment of household goods from the states.
  2. When in post production, I found it a little difficult to find the right white balance.  I generally use the eyedropper tool in Lightroom to fix the white balance but had a hard time defining "neutral".  I poked around until I found what looked right but perhaps I need to take the time to set a custom white balance.
  3. A steady tripod is critical and more importantly, don't touch it while its exposing!!!  In the first image, I caught an amazing image of a bolt but if you look at the cityscape, there is motion blur from my not having the tripod set when the when the timer went off and started exposing the image.  This is easily remedied with using the 10 second timer or a shutter release but a lesson learned nonetheless.


Sony RX1, ISO 100, f/11, 30.0 Sec

Sony RX1, ISO 100, f/11, 30.0 Sec
I am not entirely happy with the following panoramic but considering the circumstances, it came out kinda cool.  This shot was created at about 4:30 am (local time).  It was very dark and was shot handheld using the in-camera pano feature which stitches the images together automatically.


As I am sitting here writing this and looking at the view, I keep seeing what appears to be a hawk or some type of bird of prey.  Being so many floors up, he is circling but almost at eye level with me.  He seems so close and I really want to get a tight shot of him.  I think it would make a great photo.  The problem is that my Canon 1Dx and long lenses are still in route from the states.

Since I have the luxury of working from home, I am going to have to stalk him over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned...  If he doesn't get the best of me and mock my efforts, I'll hopefully have something to share soon.

Take care!

Jasen