With time on my hands and some really clear days and nights, I’ve been back to Fei Ngo Shan with my camera gear 3 times in the past 5 days. I’m still going through the photos – a few have been posted over at Spike’s Photos, some on Twitter and some on Facebook, and there will be more to come once I’ve finished reviewing them.
Today I got up there around 6 PM. Beautiful blue skies, barely a cloud, but when I got up there, the sun was heading down and the light on HK island was just completely crap (from a photo standpoint). Of course I hung around figuring that as it got darker, things would get more interesting.
There were these two guys with their tripods set up next to me. One guy had this external trigger with a timer on his camera and it was taking shots roughly every 3 seconds or so. He told me he’d been up there since early morning doing this time lapse thing. A professional photographer working for someone or something, sounded like Arkoff (?). I asked if the finished product would be posted online and he said it was up to his boss. Okay, rather pointless story I suppose – but just goes to show that people up there are really friendly. Some people were even arriving by taxi. I was wondering how they’d get back down – more than likely by walking. It’s a long walk but all downhill and lit well enough so it shouldn’t be a problem. (Oh, on my way down, I passed this guy, 70 years old if a day, sitting on a stool behind a van, wearing shorts, no shirt, no shoes, cooking his dinner on a portable gas burner. No place for me to stop and try to get a picture, his van was in the only space there.)
Of course, as the sun went down, it got a whole lot better for photos.
The above is one of my last shots of the evening, taken at 7:35 PM. And that’s the annoying bit. A beautiful night, clear sky, everything’s working right, I should have stayed for the nightly harbor light show, right? And I couldn’t do it! I had to get home for a job interview (by phone from North America). Argh! Hopefully the skies will remain clear and I’ll try to get back there within the next 2 or 3 days and shoot the light show.
In the meantime, lots of photos from the past few days will start showing up on Spike’s Photos soon – much larger and much higher resolution.