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Four People, Two Countries (Part 1): Hong Kong

>> Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Taking a trip to an unfamiliar place is always an adventure. It's even a more adventurous trip if you have your friends with you.

That's what I did over the weekend two weekends ago (July 27 to 30) with three of my best college buds. For me, Edlyn and Cerz, it was our first time to step on Hong Kong Land. It was Jace's fifth time there. However, it was a first for all of us to go out of the country without any adults around. Yeah, yeah, we're adults according to society's standards. But really, we're secretly high school students. *snicker*

So at 5 in the morning of the 27th of July, the four of us were somewhat half-awake and ready to leave our Manila life for a few days.





We purchased a Hong Kong and Shenzen Tour from those online coupon deals. It was a cheap package that included hotel stays, city tours and entrance to Disneyland. I was most interested in Disneyland because I really wanted to see Minnie Mouse. Of course, I was also excited for a photography challenge: Maximize the use of my zoom lens without having to switch to the lens kit.

Just months before leaving for Hong Kong, I came across this article from the Digital-Photography-School.com about shaking up your travel photography.

"I love to look at travel photography, but man, sometimes it can all just seem mind-numbingly similar."

I get what this means. I've noticed that when people travel, they'd take the same photos with the same landmarks behind them. The article challenged me to break away from the norm and how "we think photographs should look like." With my zoom lens (meaning that I couldn't take landscape or wide shots), I had to see things a little differently.

"When you are forced to use what you have to the best of your ability you push yourself as a photographer no longer hiding behind gear." (source)

Besides my three other friends had their own cameras, so they also their own shots.

Touchdown Hong Kong! We are in you!


Hong Kong International Airport



One of the residential places by the shores



Dessert for the first night while doing my travel doodles. Cheese and milk pie. Oh nom nom.




The walking begins.



The first day was a city tour of Hong Kong. We were with fellow Filipinos and we had Mary, a local,as a tourguide. We went to the Victoria Harbour, which had a good view of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. Then we wasted more than an hour at Jewelry City, which was just a store where they pestered us to buy their jewelry. Nope, I ain't gonna buy a HK$400-necklace that I won't wear. I don't even fully believe in zodiac signs.









There was also a boat tour, but since it wasn't part of the package, we were charged HK$ 50 for a 20-minute ride around the pier. We didn't bother spending. We just waited by the dock and took pictures of the pier while the others got on the boat.





Most of my photos were taken while we were in the bus, on the way to the "major" stops. It was where I got to see the daily activities of the locals. Photography challenge: try to take as many good photographs while inside a moving vehicle.

Tip #1 from the Digital Photography School article: Forget the stock photos and focus on daily life.



*sings* I saw the siiiign.


One thing Joms told us: Always look for the MTR sign and you'll never get lost.





Tip #2: Capture the locals





Tip #3: Combine the old and the new

This tip should have an antique or something that is aged, then have one detail in the shot that is new. I don't think I was able to do this, buuut I have something that can pass for this category.


Funeral parlor: old... dead people. new... errr, the sky looks new! HAHAHAHA As for the residential building, I guess old and new people live there. (sige, ipilit.)

I'll post the other two tips on my next posts. I still have more photos and stories to share and I'll save them for another long post.

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