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Hey guys, i'll be off to Hong Kong this weekend, was just wondering, any recommended places to shoot there?

Oh yeah, is it worth while to buy cameras and such there? Well, actually, I was hoping if some one might know of any place where i can get my hands on toy cameras like lomo or holga or even a diana over there, not too familiar with the street markets and such there.

Any advice is welcome!! And thanks in advance!!:D
 

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If you cannot speak local Cantonese, forget it, you wont get the best price.

if weather holds, the harbor at night from either the promende off Star ferry on Kowloon side or the peak on HK side is a must.
 

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If you cannot speak local Cantonese, forget it, you wont get the best price.

if weather holds, the harbor at night from either the promende off Star ferry on Kowloon side or the peak on HK side is a must.
please.... even if you speak Cantonese, you won't even get the best price. that's because your accent will give you away as a Malaysian or Singaporean tourist
 

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yeap ... Victoria Peak, take the tram up ...
 

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please.... even if you speak Cantonese, you won't even get the best price. that's because your accent will give you away as a Malaysian or Singaporean tourist
He said local cantonese. :think:
 

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Yes, it's hard to get good bargains (with the possible exception of some touristy street markets where they expect you to bargain) if you don't speak with a completely local accent.

Lazy to search which shops have been mentioned before. But one place which I think hasn't been mentioned so far is a street market at Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po - stalls in this place sell all kinds of things imaginable (something like Sungei Road) and I've picked up a couple of great bargains (old lenses, camera bodies etc.) there for ridiculously low prices. Only thing is some of them may not be working properly and of course there's no return policy - test everything thoroughly before buying.

Weather forecast can be checked at the link below, it's generally very accurate especially during this period.

http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Cheers
 

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If you go to the peak, take the extra mile and walk 30 minutes westwards along the path that loops around the peak. That path will lead you to a location with a much better view of the harbour.

From the tram station area, the view of the harbour is blocked by the hill itself, limiting your photography oppotunities.

I got this advice from fellow CS members a few years ago and never regretted taking that walk. To illustrate, here's what you see from the tram station area:



And here's what you can see from the location on the path I mentioned:



Enjoy your trip!

-Roy
 

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hopefully, you wun get a weather similiar to mine.

 

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If you go to the peak, take the extra mile and walk 30 minutes westwards along the path that loops around the peak. That path will lead you to a location with a much better view of the harbour.

From the tram station area, the view of the harbour is blocked by the hill itself, limiting your photography oppotunities.

I got this advice from fellow CS members a few years ago and never regretted taking that walk. To illustrate, here's what you see from the tram station area:



And here's what you can see from the location on the path I mentioned:



Enjoy your trip!

-Roy

so a tripod is a must is it when u take this shot??
;)
 

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so a tripod is a must is it when u take this shot??
;)
I actually took the panorama handheld, but resting the camera on the railing by the side of the road. I took multiple shots of each piece of the panorama, and picked the one with minimum camera shake for the stitching. A tripod would have been a tremendous help, if you don't mind the weight. Since there is a railing, a clamp mount would have worked also.
 

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whoa, nice shot. thanks roy! will check that trail out for sure!

Clear weather is hard to come by in HK, so good luck to you.

When I took the poanorama it was slightly hazy, so I had to do a bit of post processing to enhace the contrast. In fact the pictures were taken when the skies weren't totally dark yet, but I processed the pictures to look like night time to minimize the hazy look.
 

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Clear weather is hard to come by in HK, so good luck to you.

When I took the poanorama it was slightly hazy, so I had to do a bit of post processing to enhace the contrast. In fact the pictures were taken when the skies weren't totally dark yet, but I processed the pictures to look like night time to minimize the hazy look.
haha, couldn't agree more on the weather. the one night i transited in there was soooooo torturous. coughing non stop.
 

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talking about bad weather



but HK disneyland is a must, also the stay at the Disneyland hotel is part of the Disneyland experience.

 

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If you go to the peak, take the extra mile and walk 30 minutes westwards along the path that loops around the peak. That path will lead you to a location with a much better view of the harbour.

From the tram station area, the view of the harbour is blocked by the hill itself, limiting your photography oppotunities.

I got this advice from fellow CS members a few years ago and never regretted taking that walk. To illustrate, here's what you see from the tram station area:



And here's what you can see from the location on the path I mentioned:



Enjoy your trip!

-Roy
Is there any time limit visiting to this places? Like what is their closing time? Or can stay there overnight? Do advise & thks.:)
 

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Is there any time limit visiting to this places? Like what is their closing time? Or can stay there overnight? Do advise & thks.:)

I believe it is a public place so you can stay anytime you want, but since the hill is populated by the rich people there may be police patrol at night and anyone staying overnight in the open may cause suspicion and invite questioning. Just my guess. Maybe someone who is more familiar with HK can advice.

And I don't suppose the tram operates 24 hours a day.
 

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I believe it is a public place so you can stay anytime you want, but since the hill is populated by the rich people there may be police patrol at night and anyone staying overnight in the open may cause suspicion and invite questioning. Just my guess. Maybe someone who is more familiar with HK can advice.

And I don't suppose the tram operates 24 hours a day.
the path you mentioned should be reasonably safe in the evening. yup the tram does not operate 24 hours.
 

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