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"hong kong..."

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 2 July 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Roots of an old banyan tree,
King George V Memorial Park, Hong Kong

PS. Like the pic of yesterday, this is another one bringing me lots of memories - countless days (and nights) in my teenage were spent here... and I just keep coming back since taking pictures became a hobby (passion) a few years ago.:-)

FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro 1/15 second F/5.0 ISO 640 20 mm (35mm equiv.)

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Lovely detail and composition, Hugo. The medallion lends an antique feel to the image!

2 Jul 2008 5:22am

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you Michael!! Yes, I was so drawn to that name plate, wondering when it would be entirely covered...

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What a wonderful shot, Hugo. This image possesses such a strange quality. You perfectly combined clarity, composition, focus and motive here. Nice place to come back to reminding you of your childhood...

2 Jul 2008 6:40am

@Shun: Thanks so much for the nice compliments!!! Must admit that I have always been drawn to banyan trees but the name plate of the park has made this a unique scene...

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Ah and now I remember yesterday words on my picture. Yes, I can see the inspiration here. I am honored to have inspired you posting this great pic...

2 Jul 2008 6:40am

@Shun: Oh Shun, thanks again for the inspiration!!!:-)

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

The light, shadow and texture in this photo are all astonishing!'s a beautiful photo Hugo!

2 Jul 2008 9:24am

@Ian Bramham: Wow, how nice to hear from you and Ian Smith!!! Thanks for the wonderful comments my friend!

Ian, let me thank you again for letting me know about this wonderful place... so many wonderful photo enthusiasts and amazingly high standard pictures too. I haven't been so excited for quite some time!:-)

Best regards,

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Hugo!

I get the sense of de javu - I remember you shot this years ago with the F10/11??

Its a great subject, and captured very well.


2 Jul 2008 12:42pm

@IanSmith: Oh my... what a great surprise to hear from you!!! Thanks for finding this new site of mine!:-) BTW, I'm afraid I would stay away from the dpreveiw fuji forum, at least for a while - every time I was hoping to post something, some negative threads just turned me off...

My best regards,

PS. Yes, I was so drawn to this scene that I actually came back for a few shots whenever I got a new camera or new lens...

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Hugo....have you had a chance yet to form an opinion on your new 16-85VR lens?'s a lens that I've been thinking about getting myself so I'd be really interested in your thoughts.

2 Jul 2008 3:40pm

@Ian Bramham: Ian, I bought it to replace the nikon 18-70 as the "carry-everywhere" lens; for this purpose and leaving out the question of price, it's just great... amazingly sharp (edge to edge even when wide open, noticeably sharper than the Sigma), free from CA, impressive VR, distortions reasonably controlled (easily corrected with ptlens)... All in all, it is pretty versatile and performs well in snapping street scenes under almost all kinds of lighting conditions. However, just don't expect it to be able to create that "dramatic" wide angle effect as the Sigma 10-20 does and I also find it a bit difficult to attain an appealing shallow DOF.

Do let me know if there is any particular aspect you'd like to hear from me.

Best regards,

Observing from Local, United Kingdom

Something magical about this, get passed the roots and enter the kingdom. Great detailed shot and splendid presentation.

2 Jul 2008 3:53pm

@Observing: Thanks so much for leaving such wonderful words of encouragement!!!:-)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

hugo -- i love the sentiment in your pictures and descriptions -- it projects a personal 'belonging' to a time or times, and a places or places... underlining the vast, semi synergistic ecosystems within which we all live and grow. what are memories but emotional 'pictures' of the mind? and then what are photos but possible technological improvements on natural memories? of course these questions cold certainly fire a debate to last centuries! ;-P my point is to say that you strive to use modern technology to improve, enhance, and expand upon the fleeting moments of life, whether personal or universally shared, and that is simply marvelous! excellent capture here -- made more touching by the beautiful history is recalls for you!

2 Jul 2008 7:20pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and leaving your warm words... makes my day to read them!!!

"To improve, enhance, and expand upon the fleeting moments of life... " This must be the main reason why taking pics has become such a massive passion (even obsession) of mine.

See you and take care,

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

impressive detailed photo
luxuriant color and tone

2 Jul 2008 8:39pm

@drum: Thanks alot Drum!!!

Vahid from Tehran, Iran

Amazing shot.
well done.

6 Jul 2008 3:19pm

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Brilliant! The texture here is absolutely amazing.

10 Jul 2008 5:51am

1/15 second
ISO 640
20 mm (35mm equiv.)