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Old March 27th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Street and Harbour Hong Kong

Footage shot with EX1 on a dirty old day in Hong Kong.

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Old March 27th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing that. Even when the sun is out, that bay is very smoggy. I love shooting in HK, it's so photogenic. People doing thai-chi in the parks, etc. One weekend I rented an English-speaking taxi driver to drive me around to as many places on my hit list as he could manage. Cost me $200/day and I got tons of footage from all over. Never got the shot of the entrance to Lion Rock Tunnel though, due to the field I needed to cross had a sign posted, "Warning, archery range in use" Don't see that every day. Last time I was there, I got some candid street activity by renting a love hotel for a few hours, removing the bars from the windows and running two cameras. Those rooms are great for $12; bed, shower, tv and the AC is great since the room is like 8x10. Just make sure the window is facing the street and there's plenty of electical outlets. Found out they don't like you to video on the train platforms, but since I didn't understand the Chinese warnings they were giving over the PA system, I got my fill of shots before the 90 year old security guy came after me. Yeah, HK is great, hope to get back there soon.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoyed it. I love to travel and shoot, but am always nervous about carrying my EX1r overseas. I've always just taken a smaller consumer cam.

I've never thought about using a "love hotel" as Mark suggested, but that's a great idea. (Any really cheap hotel will do.) I don't have to spend the night there, just use it for shooting as long as I get a room with the best view of the street.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Mark and Phil for your comments. The locations in the video are close to where I live. I agree that Hong Kong is a very photogenic. The light in has a very diffuse quality, largely caused by the pollution I suspect but it can give video footage quite a filmic look.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #5
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Chris,

Lucky man, so many opportunites at your doorstep. On one visit in 2010, I had model release forms (in two kinds of Chinese) and was trying to explain to an elderly couple how I was gonna shoot video of them as they did their thai-chi out there in Victoria Park. They were afraid it was some kind of ID theft scam and wouldn't sign. Nobody would. If I make it there this year, I was thinking of finding a few 'down on their luck' types and offer $25-50 if they'd just go out and do some graceful stretching. I don't know, sounds kind of creepy when I put it like that. Just trying to break into shooting people and dealing with the model releases...

Phil, I like to make use of parking garages too. But if you happen to try one of those "hourly rate" hotels, just remember to have a couple screwdrivers since they all seem to have them little bars on the inside. (and maybe bring some noise-cancelling headphones too)
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