Author: dan.thompson

The Tian Tan Buddha

I mentioned last week that Holly and I had decided to make a day out of visiting Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. It takes a while to get out there via public transportation (but fairly easy to do, thanks to this guide we found) and so we figured we might as well see what there is to see while we were there! The big attraction (no pun intended) to Lantau Island is of course the Tian Tan Buddha, known locally as the “Big Buddha”, or “Giant Buddha”… frankly, both work… it’s HUGE! The statue, which was completed in 1993, measures...

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Tai O Fishing Village

If last week’s Quarry Bay Apartments, and high-density housing are on one end of Hong Kong’s spectrum, then the Tai O fishing village is on the other. While still cramped living, Tai O’s famous buildings and homes built on stilts feel a lifetime away from the busy streets and neighborhoods of Hong Kong’s more populous districts. Situated on Lantau Island’s western shores, the village is about a 2 hour train / bus ride from Kowloon, and worth a visit if you’ve got some spare time in the city (and want to get away from all the hustle and bustle!)....

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High Density Hong Kong

One of the things Hong Kong is known for is its high-density, high rise apartment buildings. They are, quite frankly, something you almost have to see in person to believe. I ran into a string of articles before visiting Hong Kong the first time (like this one – Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments) that inspired me to want to document them somehow myself. However, after breaking my foot, I was only able to capture the city outside my window. This last visit though, I finally got to go out and explore! The picture above are the famous Quarry Bay...

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Hong Kong’s Electric Skyline

Alright, back to Asia as Promised! I was doing some thinking about my series on Hong Kong (I actually do try to plan these things out) and I want to highlight some of the more rural places we got to visit there this time around. However, you’ll recall that last year I broke my foot while in Hong Kong, and so I felt like I had some unfinished business in photographing the city itself as well. Soooo… you’ll get both over the next several weeks. 🙂 I did want to start things off though, with a grand view of...

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Antelope Canyon in Black and White

This week for Picture of the Week, I wanted to do something a little different (we’ll get back to Asia next week). I’ve always said that I wonder what would happen if I didn’t take a picture for an entire year, and instead, just went back and re-edited all my old pictures. Would I learn something new? Would I find some previously overlooked jewels? Well, at this point I have no intention of taking a year off from photography. However, since I am usually bored to tears through the winter months (unless of course it snows) because I struggle...

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