永利街 Wing Lee Street

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因為一套獲獎電影 “歲月神偷”令好多人都認識了永利街,

這裡是該電影的拍攝地點, 一個充滿70年代舊香港味道的小街。

從上環碼頭往禧利街方向, 步行15分鐘左右就可到達永利街,

由樓梯街步行上永利街是一條長長的石級, 有點像澳門一些石級小街,

感覺很特別。其間會經過麼羅上街, 一個賣中式紀念品的地方,

這條街也很有特色, 十分值得參觀, 之後會到文武廟, 再上石級就會到達永利街。

這一帶給我的感覺就是進入了過去的香港, 成市裡的一個大博物館,

所以永利街等小街道的建築真是值得保留的, 因為這裡最能代表香港過去的文化和回憶!
 
 
Many people were awared of the Wing Lee Street because of a award-winning movie "Echoes of the Rainbow".

Here is the film location, a full of 70's Hong Kong street characteristic. From the Sheung Wan Ferry Pier,

 on the way of Hillier Street, walk about 15 minutes you can reach to the Wing Lee Street.

Walking on the stairs of Ladder Street to Wing Lee Street is a long rock steps,

it's a bit like the rock steps in some side streets of Macau, its make me feel very special. 

Here is a Upper Lascar Row through the streets during our destination, a place to sell Chinese souvenirs,

this street is also quite distinctive, and well worth for visiting. Followed the steps to the Man Mo Temple,

and then climb the stairs will arrive to the Wing Lee Street.

This area gives me the feeling like going to the past of Hong Kong, like a large museum in the city. 

So, these old  buildings of Wing Lee Street and other small streets are really worth to preserve its,

because this is the best representative of the Hong Kong past culture and memories!




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永利街 Wing Lee Street

My dream lens Canon 135mm F2 L

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On the 22nd of May I bought my second professional Canon L lens - the 135mm F2 L prime lens.
I am very satisfied with my first L lens, the Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L zoom lens. It provides a wide
 angle for landscape shots and it takes very nice portrait shots as well.
 However, I also wanted to have a telephoto lens that could take snap shots of people from a distance.
A zoom lens with a wide aperture is too heavy for me to carry so I have been looking
for lighter but good quality wide aperture prime lenses for nearly 6 months now.
After much research I found that the Canon 135L is one of the top 10 lenses in the world
and it is also one of the top three Canon lenses for taking sharp clear photos!
Therefore I bought one. I found it to be a very good lens for taking portrait shots.
I took many and I was very impressed with the quality of the photos.
The first day I used the 135L, I could feel its fast focus and I could see the sharpness
and clarity of the images. Some of the reviews about the lens commented on this point.

Most of the pictures I took were with the wide-open F2 aperture,
and it creates a fantastic smooth, creamy bokeh in the background.
The sharpness is nearly as good as my Canon 24-70L lens using the wide-open F2.8 aperture.
If you are using the F2.8 aperture the picture is sharper than most of the zoom lenses.
To give you an idea of what I am talking about, some of the pictures I have posted are
the original ones with the same pictures cropped. As you can see the pictures are very sharp
 and clear and I don’t think therefore that I need a zoom lens under 200mm.



在5月22日我買了我的第二支佳能專業L鏡頭 - 135mm F2 L 定焦鏡頭。我很滿意我的第一支L鏡頭,
佳能24-70mm F2.8 L變焦鏡頭。它提供了一個廣角的景觀,以及很好的人像照片。
不過,我也想有一支長焦距鏡頭,可以從一個遠距離拍攝人像照。
擁有大光圈的變焦鏡頭對我來說太重了,所以近6個月我一直在尋找一支輕便而優質的大光圈定焦鏡頭。
經過一番研究,我發現佳能135L是世界十大銘鏡頭之一,也是佳能三大最銳利和清晰的鏡頭!

所以我買了它。我發現這是一個很好的鏡頭,以拍攝人像照片。我拍了很多照片,
照片的質量令我非常印象深刻。在我用135L的第一天,我能感覺到它的快速對焦,
我也可以看到照片驚人的銳利度和清晰度。一些鏡頭的評論也提到這一點。
大部分的照片是我在全開F2光圈拍的,並得到光滑,奶油味,夢幻般的虛化背景。
清晰度幾乎和我的佳能24-70L 變焦鏡頭在F2.8光圈時一樣的好。如果您使用的是F2.8光圈,
照片的銳利度已經比大部分變焦鏡頭好。為了讓您們更易了解我說的,在我張貼的照片會有一些
是原有照片和裁剪照片在一起的。正如你可以看到照片都是非常銳利和清晰,
因此我認為我不需要200mm以內的變焦鏡頭了。




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Pompeii 龐貝古城 (Part II)

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Pompeii 龐貝古城 Part II


Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian
 region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompeii. It was destroyed and completely
buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD.
The eruption buried Pompeii under 22 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1,600 years
 before its accidental rediscovery in 1592. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily
 detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.
There were many fascinating stories to listen to and things to see and if you have
the opportunity to see it, I recommend you do so!

龐貝古城是一個破壞了和部分埋藏了的羅馬城市,它就在現代的意大利境內的
那不勒斯地區附近。在公元79年,它被維蘇威火山跨越兩天徹底的災難性火山爆發所摧毀
並長期的埋藏著。火山爆發把龐貝城掩埋在22米的火山灰和浮石下,
它是失去了近1600年才在1592年偶然下重新被發現。
從那時起,它的發掘提供了羅馬帝國全盛時期一些非常詳細的生活細節。
這裡有許多引人入勝的故事,可以聽和看到的東西,如果你有機會來看,我建議你都這樣做!



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Pompeii 龐貝古城 (Part I)

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Pompeii 龐貝古城

I had read many stories about the history of the ancient city Pompeii.
I was so keen therefore and ecstatic in having the opportunity to visit it.
We were lucky to have a very funny guide and she showed us all the main sights of Pompeii.
We came at the right time because the rain had just stopped and the sun came out
and we were rewarded with blue skies and white clouds.

我讀過很多有關龐貝古城的歷史故事。因此,我是如此渴望和欣喜有機會參觀這裡。
我們很幸運,有一個非常有趣的導遊,她給我們介紹了所有龐貝古城的主要景點。
我們來得十分合時,因為雨剛停,太陽出來了,我們穫報以藍天和白雲。



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Napoli (Naples)

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I went to two places outside of Rome, Napoli (Naples) and Pompeii. I went to a big shopping centre
(Galleria Umberto I) and it was a building with a huge glass dome. It was a very spectacular building.

Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world and it was the most bombed Italian city during World War II.
When we arrived here, there was a light rain. I can still feel this old city.
We started at the Castel Nuovo, and finished in Piazza del Plebiscito.

We had lunch near the ancient and famous city Pompeii. We had nice Italian spaghetti, meat and drinks.
One of the restaurateurs sang “Volare” and “O Sole Mio” which I thought were very impressive.

The next stop was Pompeii and the weather had definitely turned for the better. We had sunshine!


羅馬以外我還去了兩個地方,那不勒斯(那波里)和龐貝古城。我到了一個大商場
(名為Galleria Umberto I) ,這裡建有一個巨大的玻璃圓頂。這是一個非常壯觀的建築。

那不勒斯是世界上最古老的城市之一,也是第二次世界大戰期間被轟炸得最多的
意大利城市。當我們抵達這裡時有點小雨。但我仍然能感受到這個古老城市。
我們在Castel Nuovo古堡開始行程,在Piazza del Plebiscito廣場結束。

我們在龐貝古城附近午餐。我們食到很好的意大利麵條,肉類和飲料。
其中一個餐廳歌手唱“Volare”和“我的太陽”,我認為是非常令人印象深刻。

下一站是龐貝古城,天氣有明顯的好轉。陽光正照耀我們!


 

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Castel Nuovo

St. Lazarus Church 望德聖母堂

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5月9日我參加了http://www.fevershot.net/ 的活動 "婆婆媽媽風景團",
地點是望德聖母堂與瘋堂斜巷一帶, 這裡有很多古舊的葡式建築物,
而最有名的就是「仁慈堂婆仔屋」, 也是好多藝術展覽的地方。

這天氣十分好, 又出現藍天白雲, 所以我都拍了很多照片。
我也教受了一些攝影技巧給我的影友, 這一天也是母親節,
活動在7時左右結束,  然後大家都回家吃晚飯和媽媽吃飯慶祝!


On the 9th of May I attended my photography groups activity (www.fevershot.net) termed "A Sentimental Landscape Tour".
The location was set at The St. Lazarus Church (Igreja de São Lázaro) and the Mad Inclined Lane area.
There are many old Portuguese style buildings there. The most famous is the "Old Women’s House" where they hold many art exhibitions.

The weather was very good that day, there was a blue sky and lots of white fluffy clouds, so I took many pictures.
It was also a time for me to offer my friends some photography tips! That day was also Mother's Day.
The day finished around 7:00pm and then we all went home for dinner and we celebrated Mothers Day with our mums!




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St. Lazarus Church 望德聖母堂

Back to the 60's - Masquerade

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這是上個週日拍的另一系列照片, 主題是60年代風格的化妝舞會,
我們很辛運, 當天的夕陽很漂亮, 令到我能拍到一些動人的日落照片,
最後我希望豬仔和Josephine永遠開心和幸福!

This is another series of photos done last Sunday.The theme this time was
an 60's style masquerade party. We were so lucky that day because there was a beautiful sunset
and this set the mood for some impressive sunset photos.
Finally, I hope Chu Chai and Josephine will always be happy and blessed!





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Back to the 60's

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上個週日天氣非常好。這是陽光普照,而又不是太熱。
我終於有機會為好友豬仔和Josephine拍攝一輯婚紗照。
我現在不能分享他們的婚紗照片,因為他們想在他們的婚禮中展示。
但我可以告訴大家,它的風格和設定都是以 1960年代為主題。
這些是其中一部分照片, 我們一起回到60年代吧!

Last Sunday, the weather was very good. It was sunny and not too hot.
I finally had the opportunity to take the pre-wedding photos of my friends Chu Chai and Josephine.
 I can't share their bridal photos now because they want to show them at their wedding.
But I can tell you all, that the style and setting is based on a 1960's theme.
These are some of the photos, let's go back to 60's!




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MJ Gallery Macau

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MJ Gallery Macau



Here are some pictures I took at the Michael Jackson Gallery in Macau.
The gallery is dedicated to all MJ fans and of course I'm one of them.





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