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watching the sun set...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 10 August 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

結盧在人境, 而無車馬喧。
問君何能爾, 心遠地自偏。
採菊東籬下, 悠然見南山;
山氣日夕佳, 飛鳥相與還。
此中有真意, 欲辨已忘言。

【飲酒詩 (二十首)之五】晉·陶淵明

My best endeavour to get a translation:

I have my cottage built in the human realm;
Yet noises of carriages and horses never bother me.
"How can this be possible?" If you ask me,
When my heart stays afar the place becomes secluded...
Plucking chrysanthemums at the east fence,
Mount Lu is beheld by my leisurely heart.
While the serene sunset is reflecting in mountain mist,
Flocks of joyful birds fly home together...
I know there's a profound meaning in all this,
But my mind just misses when I try to name it!

[Drinking Poem No. 5 (of 20)] Tao Yuanming (Jin)

The sight just reminds me of this poem... one of my favourites!

The Larger view

"peak tower, victoria peak & an aeroplane"

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 1/170 second F/5.6 ISO 400 23 mm

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...

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Such a fabulous, dreamy mood...a lovely image that stirs my soul with beautiful words to match! Great work as always Hugo:)

10 Aug 2011 5:17am

Ol from Aschaffenburg, Germany

wonderful atmosphere and perspective!!! you´ve found the right place for taking this one... :)

10 Aug 2011 5:22am

larans from Lund, Sweden

What a wonderful and peaceful mood in this great capture of a very mighty scenery. Your composition here is really exactly right for this motif. And those words....

10 Aug 2011 5:28am

Z from Shanghai, China

Very nice grey tones and i love the foggy mood! Your translation is excellent:)

10 Aug 2011 5:33am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very nice tones and mood

10 Aug 2011 6:30am

AlLaN from Ban Song Khwae, Thailand

as a perfume mist in the hills, along the color gradient donations pale in 3D, with you on your fltre fuji x100

10 Aug 2011 6:48am

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Very moody...

10 Aug 2011 7:25am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a peaceful place and moment ! I love the subtle tones, the misty mood and the feeling of solitude ! beautiful poem, too ! have a nice day, Hugo !

10 Aug 2011 7:55am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Looking at this and reading those words is to share the experience of asking . . even if The Answer eludes us all.

10 Aug 2011 9:02am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

The tones are superb! I love this beautiful atmosphere! Have nice day Hugo! :)

10 Aug 2011 9:39am

k@ from Paris, France

I'm not surprised our dear Pavan appreciated as much as i do this green soft layers so full of delicacy and mystery too, we all look for the hidden name but it is in our depths for sure, that place called... home ? ;) Love that peaceful post, dear you*

10 Aug 2011 11:14am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love the layers in this. It is in harmony with the poem. Thanks for the post and the translation.

10 Aug 2011 12:49pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Great photo Hugo!

10 Aug 2011 12:54pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


10 Aug 2011 1:11pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


10 Aug 2011 1:11pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Interesting the tension that small dot of a building supplies. Put a thumb over it and the frame becomes something else. best…jf

10 Aug 2011 1:29pm

@ordinaryimages: So you notice that too! Thanks!:-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - fabulous light and tones here, Hugo. An exceptional graphic style with a spiritual beauty further expressed in your poem.

10 Aug 2011 1:30pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love the inclusion of the house on the stop. What a view for the sunset they must have. The layers and misty air makes for a wonderful atmosphere. A place I could sit right now and just observe.

10 Aug 2011 6:35pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

i like this place

11 Aug 2011 6:21am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An elegant landscape, unlike those I have seen these days ... mysterious and profound reading your magnificent text message ... Late life on the moon een romantic as ever ... Congratulations ... a pleasure that I thank you. A hug! Adela

11 Aug 2011 2:48pm

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

So lonely house in this landscape !!!!! Great catch ! Well done !

12 Aug 2011 6:16am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great moment! I like the composition lines and the equilibre of the sun and the house :)

12 Aug 2011 9:13am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Wow....I love the larger view. Makes you feel like you're right there!! This is an amazing shot of beautiful green hues. That house has one marvelous view. Your poem is very fitting!

12 Aug 2011 3:06pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh yes, the amazing mists of your home. They have given this scene the most wonderful atmosphere. A beautiful photo.

16 Aug 2011 6:05pm

elena from torino, Italy

fantastic words. in my country crisanthemus are flowers for death people. is the same for you?

16 Aug 2011 8:26pm

@elena: Hey Elena, how interesting... this is also the case in my place! Though traditionally, they're also what poets admire.:-)

MX from Melbourne, Australia


31 Dec 2011 11:51pm

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Hugo Poon by Valérie Simonnet

1/170 second
ISO 400
23 mm