Yum Cha on the 12th floor

The Cantonese styled breakfast is called Yum Cha, which is very popular in Sydney because it is widely considered as an unique meal of the Chinese. For years in Hong Kong Yum Cha is the common pastime of the aged, available in the morning and afternoon. Several years ago some restaurants even offered midnight Yum Cha at discounted prices of the food items. This was truly a wonderful experience for the city never sleeps.

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On the plane

We were on a Airbus 340 on our way back to Hong Kong.
Being a non frequent traveller, I was amazed what size of the meals are offered nowadays in the economy class. Meals were no longer served in a large portion. You can only call it a kid’s menu. You wouldn’t be surprised you were treated in this way if you discover at the Sydney international airport a breakfast already costs $19.50.

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My Black and White photography workflow

The French philosopher Roland Barthes once said, “The photographic image … is a message without a code.” To me, Black and White photography carries much more. It is a world seen and interpreted by the photographer, so much richer in content and character. A good photograph always touches our heart and senses when you first see it, and remains vividly in your memory.

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The joy and trouble of the digital world

Do you agree we are living in a digital world? Do you extol all the new electronic devices (such as cameras and phones)? Or are you a luddite, indifferent to this spinning world?
I was almost driven mad by a mistake I made several days ago. I could not login my website admin again after doing a plugin update. The site was apparently running but the admin page appeared to be empty. But I guess it was probably because I cleared the cache too fast without waiting for the system to run the update in full strength. By the time I realised this mistake I opened different browsers to test whether touchwood my luck was still with me, I found my admin page was nowhere.

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More thoughts on Leica M Monochrom & others…

The latest Leica Fotografie International (The Leica Magazine) 4/2012 issue provides more information on the M Monochrom and the APO-Summicron-M. That is why I have a few more thoughts on Leica’s latest products.
In the magazine, there is a collection of Black and White photographs by Jacob Aue Sobol using both the APO-Summicron-M and the M Monochrom on his trip by train from Moscow to Beijing. These photos were shared by many online site reporting the release of the Leica M Monochrom. Jacob has surely captured wonderful, powerful and stunning images, especially the ones with close-ups with the heads, faces and bodies.

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My thoughts on the Leica M Monochrom

The Leica M Monochrom, as its name suggests, records still images in only Black and White. It is believed to be the last model in the M9 series because the rumoured long-awaited M10 may be released later this year.
The M Monochrom is not a brand new design, it obviously follows the form and many of the features of M9, the pros and cons. Its exterior, only in black chrome, with a body form basically the same with M9-P (no red Leica logo at the front and model name), featuring the disappointing 230,000 dots (I think it is deliberately done but some found the resolution seems better!) sapphire glass rear LCD display.

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