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The southern side of Hong Kong, just one half of the alluring “Pearl of the Orient”, a British/Chinese mega-metropolis that covers a very little portion of China’s vast landmass. It is one of the world’s leading international financial centers, this business district, where the international exchange of currency is the main contributor to its economy along with its reception of foreign direct investment.
Check out this beautiful side of Hong Kong, a modern jewel (click image below to enlarge). Captured on an almost clear summer night, walking along the famous ‘Avenue of the Stars’ in Kowloon. It is a panoramic image composed of 10 30 second landscape (horizontally orientated) images stitched together and edited in Photoshop and Lightroom with my signature style. The equipment used was my newly purchased Canon 16-35mm F2.8L mounted on my Canon 50D with a corded remote shutter trigger, with the whole kit mounted on a tripod of course!
Buy your copy of this Hong Kong panoramic today in 12×36 inch for AUD$150, and get free matte and framing. Offer last until 28th of February.
For more information of Central district in Hong Kong see Wikipedia’s page (Don’t forget to donate to Wikipedia to keep this great resource going).
Another place I call home, so many of Sydney’s landmarks can be seen from here including (from left to right) St. Mary’s Cathedral, Centrepoint tower, Fort Denison, QVB, Sydney Opera House, Anzac Bridge, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Xizha Watertown – Venice of the East
A picturesque ancient water town in Wuzhen that has more than 1300 years of history, built south of the Yangtze River, these canals divide the town into 6 districts.
Delicate wood carvings and stonework decorate the bridges, streets and buildings.
A town rich in culture that can be seen to this day, with unique food and various folk festivals, it is also the home of Chinese literature, many famous poets and calligraphers moved here to pursue their dreams.
I took this shot from The Bund, over looking the Hangpu River onto the stunning Pudong district skyline.
It’s not often we get a clear day in Shanghai! Pudong is usually covered in smog and fog.
It was summer holidays and the city was packed with mainland Chinese tourists, all wanting to get shots of this magnificent view.
My favourite shot of the day, sadly the actual Chongyuan Temple in Suzhou (which houses China’s largest Quanyin Statue) was closed for re-construction.
It’s been around for 1,500 years so I’ll forgive them for closing it during my holidays there!
In a short 30 minute window I had to capture as many quality shots of the Chongyuan Temple grounds. This spot caught my eye as I was jogging past it, which had a nice warm sun-lit pagoda showing off its beautiful colours and had a calming and meditative feeling. I decided to do a 9 shot panoramic capture to create this image.
Harmony at the Chi Lin Nunnery
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist sanctuary situated in Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.
The 33,000 square meter complex features an all wooden construction using Ancient Chinese techniques dating back to the Tang dynasty. No nails used!
Dogs sleeping, monks walking, fishermen setting sail and a few tourists and locals enjoying the stillness and silence of the early morning.
Hua Hin is a beach resort district where royalty stays on a permanent bases or during the summer holidays, and has lots of beautiful scenery and tourist attractions, another jewel of Thailand.
The rock formation off in the background is Hua Hin’s ‘Stonehead’ which in fact, is the English translation of ‘Hua Hin’. A temple is also mounted on this stone-head, where the monks walk on the beach to gather donations, As well as a few hotels, restaurants and Buddhist statues.
There wasn’t much time for me to capture images in Thailand, plus the weather was abysmal, but I did dedicate one morning to go out to the beach while in Hua Hin. Luckily the gods cut me a break, and it was a pretty magical morning, enough time to get some shots before the clouds covered the skies. The sun-rise was covered by the low hanging clouds along the horizon so it wasn’t completely ideal, but was definitely worth going out to capture the silence before the sunrise.
Special thanks to Mr. Long for taking us out that morning and a having my family over during our stay.
This is a very special image to me, from my travels to my old home, Hong Kong, a mega-city that never sleeps and a truly unique version on the most photographed scene there. Lots of work went into photographing and editing this panoramic shot and I am thrilled to share it with you.
The visit to ‘The Peak’ to get this shot was the last destination of a whole-day photographic excursion with an old friend of mine. It was magnificent day, catching-up with an old friend, fantastic weather (just after a category-3 typhoon and the sun was out), so many great scenes and lots of walking/hiking. It was just tough because as I had fallen ill and was stuck in the hotel recovering a few days before, which also made a 3km steep hike above ‘The Peak’ (yes we went higher) very challenging, but all worth the hard work. 🙂
This 1920 x 770 resolution version doesn’t render very well after re-sizing compared to the original size of 14636 x 5870 res.!
If anybody would like a full-size print out on high quality paper or canvas, let me know, it’s 154.9 cm x 62.12 cm but can be blown up bigger, I’m definitely getting this printed! Visit my Redbubble site to purchase this image if you want a small to medium-sized prints, framed, matted, canvas, greeting cards or more!
[UPDATED] This image is one of 2 Bronze award winners in the 2013 International Loupe Awards. Click here to see the article.