Farewell to Spring 2013

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The weather was so unstable with showers or heavy rain recently, I was more than happy when the sun finally came out last Thursday, so that I can shoot in the open air before the end of Spring, 2013. Though the weather is already pretty hot, I enjoyed every moment of shooting!

I am so blessed to be living near this amazing park: Lai Chi Kok Park of Hong Kong. I can simply grab my camera and go there within walking distance when the weather is fine or the urge of taking photos is strong in my heart. This park is built on a piece of reclaimed land, as time goes by, the trees and plants are so well adapted to their new habitat that one can hardly find any traces of reclamation. You can find many species of indigenous trees, flowers, insects and birds here, at the heart of a very busy city.

I took these photos with my Canon 5D mark II, my go to camera for over 2.5 years. I paired it with my new lens this time: Canon EF135mm f2.0L, which is a very well regarded portrait lens in Canon camp. This lens is actually excellent in shooting all things in open space with fine weather. I can set the iso of the camera to 50, to get very sharp and clean images hand held, wide open at f2.0, the bokeh is simply stunning, smooth and delicious :)!

春末,連連陰雨,沒多少放晴的日子。難得上周四陽光普照,終於可以到戶外拍照了。

很喜歡現在居住的社區,雖不是甚麼「尊貴豪宅地段」,但環境也算不錯:九華徑新村和荔枝角公園這兩個城市綠洲,從家徒步前往也不過約十分鐘的功夫。

荔枝角公園前身是海,所有現存的花木都不是原生而是移植而來的。經過十多年的生長,植物已把填海之痕跡完全隱沒了。公園的植物種類繁多,為不同類型的昆蟲和雀鳥提供棲息之所。漫步在厚密的樹蔭下、草坪間,儼如處身郊野,暫緩城市生活的壓迫。這幾年間,只要是天氣放晴的日子,總愛帶著照相機,抽空到這裡「尋寶」:欣賞不同季節不同花木的榮枯,不同時間光線的變化,欣賞鳥兒或是看看遊人百態,每次總有新的發現。

越來越喜歡攝影,愛一個人靜靜的看、默默的想、慢慢的按快門。儘管那天其實氣溫接近三十度,要不住的以手帕拭汗,但仍是很享受當中的「幸福過程」。

這次和我同行的是用了兩年多的canon 5D mark II,配canon 135mm f2.0L 定焦鏡。這鏡是出名的人像鏡,配在全片幅機身上很適合在戶外運用。由於光圈有f2.0,在陽光燦爛的日子,全開光圈後可把iso調至50,在確保影像的雜訊可降至最低的同時,手持拍攝也不易糊,散景更是極其柔美,十分適合拍攝花卉、雀鳥等生態主題。

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拍攝地點:荔枝角公園
器材:canon 5D mark II + canon 135mm f2.0L

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