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Latest from my 寧 Serenity series. 
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寧 Serenity: Part 2
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G+ made this into a story. Cool.
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Beijing, China  / SML Travel 2014
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Beijing, China / SML Travel 2014
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A tattoo convention—the first of its kind—was recently held in Hong Kong. Tattoo is traditionally much of a taboo in Chinese culture, so I went to check it out.

This image captures the spirit of the event best. Unlike many conventions which have sales people talking non-stop, this convention is mostly silent, with men (and women) lying down patiently waiting for skilled tattooist to needle ink onto their skin while the artists patiently wait for the work to proceed while layers of skin heals over the entirety of the day.

Most of the photographs I have taken from this day was made possible mostly because of the excellent low-light high ISO performance of the 6D combined with the super 100-400 which allows me to photograph people from afar without alerting their attention.

The event was held at the InnoCentre in Kowloon Tong from October 4-6, 2013. http://www.hktattoocon.com/

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-10-13T19:41:49+0800
+ Dimensions: 5301 x 3534
+ Exposure: 1/320 sec at f/5.6
+ Focal Length: 260 mm
+ ISO: 4000
+ Flash: Did not fire
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
+ GPS: 22°20'12" N 114°10'32" E

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

男忍 Men of Patience / 第一屆香港國際紋身展 1st International Hong Kong China Tattoo Convention 2013 (HKTattooCon) / SML.20131006.6D.30157.BW
/ #HKTattooCon #TattooCon #Photojournalism #CreativeCommons #CCBY #SMLPhotography #SMLUniverse #紋身 #Tattoo #男 #Men #SMLMen #黑白 #BW #SMLBW
/ #中國 #中国 #China #香港 #HongKong #攝影 #摄影 #photography #人 #people #忍 #patience 

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I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 75
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I enjoy works which have multiple levels of reading — the macro view vs the micro views. For these kinds of captures, however, I have wished that I would have the tools which have a high enough resolution (detail) for both views to register.

From afar (or if you view the photo as a thumbnail), you should see some very abstract lines. There are horizontal lines running from top to bottom, large strokes which are left behind by ships. From left to right, there are curves which is a reflection of the water current, ever so slightly.

But as you look closer, you would see that there are some tiny lines which go across the the frame. There is a tiny figure on the lower left, which is in fact a person windsurfing on the surface. There is in fact another person windsurfing at the far end of the sea also.

At the macro level, you will see the reflected sun as molten silver, which is another level of reading. 

The figures in this photographs are participants of an otherwise abstract image. If the windsurfers are the focus, I would have photographed him directly with a long lens, which you can in an earlier capture shot at 400mm [1].

Life action shots cannot really be tiled easily, so as much as I would have loved to shoot the whole image with a 400mm, it could not possibly register as a single continuous image. Maybe if I have an array of 400mm + cameras? Or maybe a large format can do. 20 years later when I have that budget, perhaps. For now, just this bit.

# Notes
1. 滑浪風帆 Windsurfing / 香港水上運動 Hong Kong Water Sports / SML.20130526.7D.42169: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/9107548809/

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-05-26T16:29:26+0800
+ Dimensions: 5472 x 3648
+ Exposure: 1/800 sec at f/9.0
+ Focal Length: 70 mm
+ ISO: 100
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM
+ GPS: 22°25'10" N 114°13'33" E
+ Location: SML Universe HKG
+ Workflow: Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC
+ Serial: SML.20130526.6D.15016.P1.BW
+ Series: 寧 Serenity, 自然 Nature, 抽象 Abstract, 形 Forms 

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

水 Water / 自然抽象之形 Nature Abstract Forms / 寧 Serenity / SML.20130526.6D.15016.P1.BW
/ #寧 #Serenity #SMLSerenity #自然 #Nature #抽象 #Abstract #形 #Forms #SMLForms #黑白 #BW #SMLBW #CreativeCommons #CCBY #SMLPhotography #SMLUniverse #SMLProjects
/ #中國 #中国 #China #香港 #HongKong #攝影 #摄影 #photography #山水 #Seascape #windsurfing #sports 

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This capture has most of the elements that I look for in this series. God rays: check. Wild patterns on the water surface: check. Tiny boats on the water surface which references that of Chinese traditional paintings: check. Puffy clouds on the distant: check. The only thing it lacks is some more dramatic clouds on the top. But still, what are the chances? I shall meditate on this to will it to happen…

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-08-25T17:58:43+0800
+ Dimensions: 5038 x 3358
+ Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/11
+ Focal Length: 17 mm
+ ISO: 100
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM
+ GPS: 22°25'10" N 114°13'26" E
+ Location: SML Universe HKG
+ Workflow: Lightroom 5
+ Serial: SML.20130825.6D.26876.BW
+ Series: 寧 Serenity

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

風暴雲光 God rays during the storm / 寧 Serenity / SML.20130825.6D.26876.BW
/ #寧 #Serenity #SMLSerenity #HDR #SMLHDR #黑白 #BW #SMLBW #CreativeCommons #CCBY #SMLPhotography #SMLUniverse #SMLProjects
/ #中國 #中国 #China #香港 #HongKong #攝影 #摄影 #photography #山水 #landscape #自然 #Nature #cloudscape #clouds #storm #godrays 

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At some point during this experiment my face is no longer recognisable. My body then became a physical paint brush to create forms on the canvas behind me. 

# Technical (Strobist) Info
+ Canon 580EX mounted on 6D set to manual 1/128 power and strobe at 10Hz.
+ Canon 430EX with umbrella on left hand side to slave and multi strobe with the 580EX.
+ Canon EOS 6D with EF 70-200 f/4L interval shooting with the Canon TC-80N3 remote.

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-07-23T17:24:58+0800
+ Dimensions: 5472 x 3648
+ Exposure: 1.0 sec at f/7.1
+ Focal Length: 104 mm
+ ISO: 400
+ Flash: Canon 580EX + Canon 430EX
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM
+ Accessories: Canon 580EX (hotshoe) + Canon 430EX (umbrella) + Canon TC-80N3 + Manfrotto tripods
+ GPS: 22°25'10" N 114°13'26" E
+ Location: SML Universe HKG
+ Workflow: Lightroom 5
+ Serial: SML.20130723.6D.21597.L1
+ Series: SML Me, SML Labs

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

Untitled / SML in Motion / SML Me (See-ming Lee 李思明) / SML.20130723.6D.21597.L1
/ #SMLMe #Me #SMLLabs #CreativeCommons #CCBY #SMLPhotography #SMLUniverse #SMLProjects 
/ #中國 #中国 #China #香港 #HongKong #攝影 #摄影 #photography #selfie #instagay #gaymen #lgbt #gaysian #gaynerds #men #strobist #abstract #forms #experiments #multistrobe #motion

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Western media would like you to think that the Hong Kong Government does nothing to cater to the lower-income population and that the government leaves them to die on their own living inside “caged homes.” But what those reports failed to notice is the very developed and well-maintained public housing projects.

When I lived in New York, I have observed that the “projects” in America are often remotely located and are surrounded by nothing by wasteland. But the public housing developments in Hong Kong are quite fantastic really.

Pictured is one of the gardens seen at a public housing estate in Hong Kong. A full shopping mall is situated with every public housing estate, and provide all the necessary facilities to support a growing population. There are adequate recreational facilities near by. The estate is well accessible by public transportation. In fact, most of the transportation hubs are built to specifically serve these housing projects.

The population is ever growing so HKGov does try its best to create more public housing to satisfy the demand. It is true that there is currently a bit of a wait time to get in, though the government is always looking at land availability to build for its growing populous.

Bottomline: I did pano photography here. Meanwhile, the last time I carried a camera into the projects in DUMBO, I nearly got beatened up (because they thought that I was the police and was trying to report on their crimes — seriously). Point.  

(12 captures on the 6D + 17-40 mounted on Manfrotto 303SPH)

# References
+ Hong Kong (Wikipedia: EN) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong
+ Hong Kong Public Housing (Wikipedia: ZH) http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/香港公共屋邨 

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-09-03T15:49:27+0800
+ Dimensions: 18403 x 4589
+ Exposure: 1/15 sec at f/11
+ Focal Length: 17 mm
+ ISO: 100
+ Flash: Did not fire
+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D
+ Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM
+ Accessories: Canon TC-80N3 remote release, Manfrotto 303 SPH pano head, Manfrotto tripod
+ Panorama FOV: 360 degree horizontal, 95 degree vertical 
+ Panoramic Projection: Spherical
+ GPS: 22°25'0" N 114°13'39" E
+ Location: 香港馬鞍山恆安邨 Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong
+ Workflow: Autopango Giga 3, Lightroom 5
+ Serial: SML.20130903.6D.28130-SML.20130903.6D.28141-Pano.i12.360x95
+ Series: 建築 Architecture, 全景攝影 Panoramic Photography 

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

假山流水映月亭 / 馬鞍山恆安邨 Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan / 香港公共屋邨園林建築360度全景 / Hong Kong Public Housing (Projects) Garden Architecture 360-Degree Panorama / SML.20130903.6D.28130-SML.20130903.6D.28141-Pano.i12.360x95
/ #建築 #Architecture #全景 #Pano #panorama #SMLPano #CreativeCommons #CCBY #SMLPhotography #SMLUniverse #SMLProjects
/ #中國 #中国 #China #香港 #HongKong #攝影 #摄影 #photography #城市 #Urban #馬鞍山 #MaOnShan #恆安邨 #Projects #園林 #Garden #PublicHousing 

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