Shek O - Hong Kong

Firstly, apologies for taking such a long time to put up a new page. I have been very busy at work and traveling, both get in the way of me doing this. In fact I have not had much time with my cameras for a few weeks. Time to fix that - obviously just in time for the painfully hot months in Tokyo.

Most of my life, I have lived in Hong Kong. I love the place and it will always hold great memories for me and be considered as my “home”. Most people who have travelled to Hong Kong, and not lived there, will be familiar with the crowded streets and packed buildings that make up the northern side of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. There is a lot more to Hong Kong and some places that are quite surprising. Shek O is one of them. a ramshackle village on the eastern end of Hong Kong Island that is next to (and this IS surprising) a surf beach. The surf is at it’s best just before a typhoon I am told. Shek O is the home to some fabulously rich folks in amazing mansions and also some very down to earth villagers. The jumble of this makes it very photogenic. I took along a Nikon F3 and 50mm F1.2 AiS lens with some Fujifilm Provia 100F around 5 years ago - this is the result. All scanned using Vuescan on my Nikon Coolscan 9000. The files come out at around 25 mega pixels for you digital types. 

Blog 20150509-2.jpg

The beach is very popular - since most Hong Kong Chinese residents cannot swim, there needs to be a very comprehensive way of rescuing them - a daily occurrence in summer.

Blog 20150509-1.jpg

Number 2 - surprisingly the second of three watch towers for the life guards

Blog 20150509-3.jpg

Proof of surf. Not a world class beach, but it is only 30 minutes from downtown by bus.

Blog 20150509-10.jpg

A mild day. The water is - by Hong Kong standards - quite clean.

Blog 20150509-8.jpg

There is a very quaint temple in the middle of the village. Probably the cleanest place there.

Blog 20150509-9.jpg

And a few rundown older places that must be worth a fortune.

Blog 20150509-6.jpg

Standard Hong Kong mail box. Does he ring twice?

Blog 20150509-4.jpg

A last reminder of Christmas past.

Blog 20150509-5.jpg

Washing line sans washing.

Blog 20150509-7.jpg

A rare, and not very happy, plant.

© David Runacres 2014