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Friday, April 4, 2014

Exploring Stanley (Hong Kong) and Karaoke in the Tsim Sha Tsui District

April 4th, 2014

One week has elapsed since my arrival into Hong Kong and it is now the weekend.  Its time to head out and explore something new.  Today, we ventured out to Stanley which is a small beach community on the back side of Hong Kong Island. Later on in the evening, its off to Kowloon where a co-worker of Annie's was hosting a birthday gathering that included barbecuing on an outdoor patio followed by Karaoke.  The karaoke was a real test of the Sony RX1's low light capability but I'll discuss a little more on that later.

Today's Camera: Sony RX1 (+ a bonus image from the Leica M9 and Summilux 50)


The weather is perfect and we're off to Stanley Beach.  Talk about convenient to get there... There is a small bus depot on the ground floor our building and the number 14 line starts at our building and ends in Stanley.  It really does not get any easier than that!!!

Stanley offers some shopping geared more towards tourists but the real attraction, at least for us, was the seaside dining.  With the sun shining and the weather mild, it was so nice to get out for the day.  

View of the Stanley Plaza Waterfront
Sony RX1, ISO 100, 35mm (Fixed), f/16, 1/125th Sec

The water is quite clear.  Along the 20 minute ride to Stanley
, there were a number of small coves with beaches suitable for swimming.  We'll have to remember these when the weather becomes unbearable.  I believe one of them was called Turtle Cove.

The Clear Water at Stanley Beach

Seaside Dining with Annie

The next two images are from the Leica M9.  I had intended to shoot more with it today but I forgot my neutral density filters!!!.  I like to shoot wide open and with a bright sunny day, like we had today, I need the ND filters to cut down on the light that hits the sensor.  The other issue is that I have a small scratch on my sensor and if I don't shoot wide open, the scratch is visible on the images.

Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/2.0, 1/1500th Sec
Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/2.0, 1/500th Sec

Karaoke in the Tsim Sha Tsui District

Although I am new to Hong Kong, Annie has been here for a few months and has developed friendships with a number of her co-workers.  They've been so welcoming and I've had the opportunity to meet up with a number of them. Tonight we're off to the Tsim Sha Tsui district for some all you can eat [and drink] barbecue and some karaoke.

The karaoke bar was located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and was a unique experience as we got to BBQ the food ourselves and head indoors for the karaoke.  I took along the Sony RX1 and with the light as bad as it was, I was afraid I wouldn't get anything of value (I really dislike shooting with the on camera flash).   I knew the Sony RX1 was a great performer in low light but I had yet to really push the limits of the ISO capabilities.  For the shots indoors with the karaoke, I shot handheld while pushing the ISO up to 6,400.  With some minor work in Adobe Lightroom where I cleaned up the noise, I have to say that I am really pleased with the results.

Sony RX1, ISO 6400, 35mm Fixed, f/2.0, 1/50th Sec
Sony RX1, ISO 3200, 35mm Fixed, f/2.0, 1/60th Sec
BBQ and Karaoke

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