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"善 benevolence"

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 10 February 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

When I walked around this old temple, what probably impressed me most is the repetition of this single word... "善"


"be blessed"


"音符景象更... new sound new vision"

Happy Chinese New Year!:-) Wishing everyone a good Year of the Snake!

Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Road, Hong Kong

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/52 second F/1.8 ISO 640 53 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...

Yasmin from Vancouver, Canada


10 Feb 2013 5:00am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A brilliant set of images. I love Man Mo Temple and visit every time I'm in Hong Kong. Those great incense coils are fascinating as is the total ambiance.

10 Feb 2013 5:59am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh yes, Happy New Year, Hugo!

10 Feb 2013 6:00am

rem_la from Villiers sur Marne, France

belle perspective

10 Feb 2013 6:39am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such a strong sense of tradition and Belief in this - Happy New Year, Hugo !

10 Feb 2013 7:49am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great focus
well done

10 Feb 2013 8:13am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I always enjoy visits to the temples in HK. I love this series Hugo!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!

10 Feb 2013 9:05am

k@ from Paris, France

Wonderful sensation through the rhythm you offer here, the F/1.8 gives the perfect depth to receive the repetition like a positive and protective wish floating around. Love the red, green and honey smoothness here, sensuous. Benevolence is so precious, something to let grow up and cultivate. Happy New Year, my friend, be that year of the Water Snake benevolent with you & yours. (signed : The Dragon of Wood k@ ;-)

10 Feb 2013 9:13am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

As usual and whatever the subject is, you use the ambient light perfectly well.
I'm curious about the interaction between the Year of the Snake and the scorpion zodiacal sign (mine). ;-))

10 Feb 2013 9:14am

@Gérard Beullac: Oh hope someone could throw us some light! I belong to scorpio zodiac too!:-))

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Wonderful focus and POV !

10 Feb 2013 11:14am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great dof Hugo ! Well done !

10 Feb 2013 11:14am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful, yep some here in Okinawa are doing New Years as well:)

10 Feb 2013 12:19pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A message worth repeating. best…jf

10 Feb 2013 2:40pm

Florence from Paris, France

Powerful POV and great focus.
Happy Chinese New Year to you.

10 Feb 2013 4:06pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful image! Great focus! Happy Chinese New Year, Hugo! :)

10 Feb 2013 6:49pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wonderful DOF it is a powerful image with beautiful light.

10 Feb 2013 7:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Excellent perspective - i like the patterns.

10 Feb 2013 8:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous set of shots which full demonstrate the capabilities of that superb little camera when shooting "wide open". The narrow dof and soft blurred background are highly impressive.

11 Feb 2013 8:01am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The lining creates a wonderful perspective where the warm light and the shallow depth of field add a charming feeling to the image. Great work, Hugo, and have a super year of the snake.

11 Feb 2013 4:31pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and Congrats on the Spotlight, too ! Good to see.

11 Feb 2013 7:42pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Super play with dof and patterns, bravo for the spotlight ! :-))

11 Feb 2013 7:50pm

k@ from Paris, France

Congrats on the SnakeLight ;)

11 Feb 2013 7:55pm

@k@: "SnakeLight" Ha ha thanks, Dragaon of Wood k@!:-)))

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

11 Feb 2013 7:58pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congrats on the Spotlight. Good day.

11 Feb 2013 8:41pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Well done !

11 Feb 2013 8:59pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Excellent! Congratulations on the spotlight!

11 Feb 2013 9:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


12 Feb 2013 1:05am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Just excellent!

12 Feb 2013 1:51am

Z from Shanghai, China

Amazing photo, Hugo ! Happy New Year!

12 Feb 2013 4:31am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

12 Feb 2013 5:28am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Gorgeous depth of field. Happy Chinese New Year - and congrats on your Spotlight!

12 Feb 2013 6:42am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight

12 Feb 2013 7:50am

CF09 from Tehran, Iran

Don’t make people to heroes. You’ll be disappointed.

12 Feb 2013 9:17am

Florence from Paris, France

Contrats Hugo.

12 Feb 2013 10:18am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a beautiful word ! and an excellent DOF ! I wish you a very beautiful and sweet year my dear Hugo !

12 Feb 2013 10:47am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Congrats Hugo for the spotlight

12 Feb 2013 11:37am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Bravo !! congrats Hugo !!

12 Feb 2013 11:44am

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Congratulations on this Spotlight! So well deserved! Great POV and DOF!

12 Feb 2013 2:18pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Just magical !!

12 Feb 2013 7:10pm

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

lovely dof

12 Feb 2013 9:27pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful! Happy Chinese New Year! Congratulations on the Spotlight! Well deserved Hugo!

13 Feb 2013 12:54am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Benevolence and compassion, two of my favorite words and concepts. I love your image, especially the rhythm and repetition of the symbols, and the way they fade seemingly into infinity :^)

13 Feb 2013 11:49am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

13 Feb 2013 8:34pm

Sophie from Fournets Luisans, France

Beautiful ! congratulations

14 Feb 2013 5:21am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful and beautiful, so well catched tis motif and with the berfect dof and the somewhat dull shades of colors. Congrats to the spotlight!

14 Feb 2013 6:22am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

14 Feb 2013 8:58pm

Blind Owl from Rancho Cucamonaga, United States

Incredible DOF. Congratulations!

15 Feb 2013 8:10am

1/52 second
ISO 640
53 mm (35mm equiv.)