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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lantau Island

The Bronze Tian Tan Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery measures 112 ft (34 meters)
Its the long Easter weekend in Hong Kong and we decided to make the trip over the Lantau Island.   It turned out to be a pretty warm day and we got off to a rough start.
 The night before we had planned on getting an early start so we could beat the crowds and heat but that plan went out the window with me waking up late and Annie doing some work in the morning.  After finally heading out and getting breakfast, we got on the MTR.  (Sheung Line --> Tung Chung Line).  After arriving around noon, we got in line for the Ngong Ping 360 cable car.  A word of advice for those visiting the cable car for the first time...  Go online and purchase your tickets in advance.   We did not and stood in line for 90 minutes and that was just to get to the ticket counter.  I can't tell you how many times we thought about jumping out of line and calling it a day but once we were there for the first 1/2 hour, we decided that we were committed.

After finally getting our tickets and getting on the cable car, I have to say that the view is amazing.  If you are afraid of heights though, you may want to opt for the bus.  There is a bus that will take you to the Tian Tan Buddha and you can bypass the cable car altogether.
Sony RX1, IS0 100, 35mm Fixed, f/2.0, 1/500th Sec
Once on the cable car, you navigate over a bay area and couple of hills before you get your first glimpse of the Tian Tan Buddha.  Its incredible and but you really can't get a sense for the size and scale of the bronze statue until you actually get up close.

If you look down, you will see a hiking path(s) that follow much of the same cable car route.  When you clear the final hill and begin to make your descent down to the cable car station, there is a spot on the trail that has an amazing view of the Buddha.  Its quite a distance so it will require a telephoto lens but its a location I want to come back and shoot.  For that shoot, I'll come back with my Canon 1Dx, 70-200 2.8 IS and a sturdy tripod.  Given the heat and the weight of the gear, I expect it will be a bit of a hike but its a goal that I am setting for myself.

Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/13, 1/250th Sec.
Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/16, 1/60th Sec.

Leica M9, ISO 320, 50mm Summilux, f/4, 1/250th Sec.

Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/4.8, 1/2000th Sec.
One of the other reasons for making the trip to Lantau Island was to see the small fishing village of Tai O.  After seeing the Buddha, we took the number 21 bus for a short ride to the fishing village of Tai O.  Given our late start to the day, we didn't spend much time there but it seems like a quaint little fishing village and one that we definitely plan on coming back to for more exploration.  I have seen photos from other people that have traveled to Tai O and it looks like great place to roam around and shoot so you'll be seeing more from me here in the months ahead.

Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/16, 1/90th Sec.
Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/16, 1/60th Sec.
I am not sure what these two women were harvesting but as the tide was receding they went out into the tide pools.
Leica M9, ISO 160, 50mm Summilux, f/5.7, 1/125th Sec.
Thanks for stopping by!

Jasen