Labyrinth by snowmask
snowmask

 

[ I am a working painter; photo-taking is just for fun ]

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2007; Hong Kong

This is a view from Kowloon Park of the residential and office complexes on the other side of Nathan Road. I caught this right when a flock of pigeons flew by.

I find it interesting that people automatically think these buildings are empty and haunted, when in fact they are teeming with life and daily routines.

A friend once mentioned poetically that this looks like a bookcase, each unit representing a bound volume, filled with unique stories.

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  • ipawluk

    ipawluk

    interesting shots with style

    Feb 26th, 2013 Reply
  • HillbillyDeluxe

    HillbillyDeluxe

    Jeez...they sure are packed in there!

    Oct 30th, 2012 Reply C'mon Pookie...
  • maccski

    maccski

    This is outstanding!

    Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Thank you, I'm very fond of this capture myself!

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • maccski

      maccski

      No worries - I always wanted to visit Hong Kong, but somehow never made it there (yet).....so it's high up on my bucket list.

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      It's a fun town :)

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
  • pupasoul

    pupasoul

    Such an interesting capture!

    Jun 29th, 2011 Reply
  • mintyy

    mintyy

    Your amazing work has been featured in the Weekly Sunday News Artticle ( http://shadowness.com/forum/forum/theme-sunday--11--city ) !

    Thank you for creating such wonderful arts !

    Jun 5th, 2011 Reply
  • hel999

    hel999

    The book case comparison is very good. Even from the outside they all look different! Great photograph!

    Jun 4th, 2011 Reply
  • scooter-tim

    scooter-tim

    Great colours and patterns... and I must say that I love the bookcase simile!

    Jun 4th, 2011 Reply
  • Mishelangello

    Mishelangello

    wow! wonderful shot! Love how it is full of life and real realyty! this is art in pure forms! it is seems like random shot but so lucky captured atmosphere! like it very much how almost abstract this looks, and then after first inpresion you see all those details that create this work! its absolutely awesome!

    Jun 4th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Very glad you like this one, it's always been a favourite of mine because I feel very fortunate due to the timing :)

      Jun 4th, 2011 Reply
  • devonlizz

    devonlizz

    I loved this photograph, and I think your friend is right! If you think about it in that way, the photograph seemed to impact me a lot more then it did when I first looked at it. Great Job!

    Jun 3rd, 2011 Reply
  • HellOnAStick

    HellOnAStick

    You make good photos when you're having fun.

    Jun 1st, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      It is a lot of fun to go out, grab shots, and come home and edit them. Not much to shoot here though. Just my cats, and a whole lot of desert.

      Jun 1st, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      But once you get away from the strip that desert night sky must be AWESOME!

      And I have to agree with Joseph...for a painter just having fun with a camera...you are doing a helluva good job!!

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Helped when I was packing a 5D and a pretty nice 24-105. Although now I don't like zoom lenses. Probably got that from Keith.

      The strip and the city of Vegas + Henderson does indeed look really cool. It's just... living here makes one... kind of hate the desert. All this sand and dust!

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      haha you and /dehk always haggling over subject matter. hehe. Go shoot! the desert is a great companion. I agree with you about zoom lenses...After you get used to using a prime its hard to revert.

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      But there really is nothing here. Just a whole lot of beige. Unless I decide to go all gung-ho and traipse out and camp in the freezing night to take one of those swirling-stars photos. Which I had tried before, but not here.

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      hehe, see, you even have ideas! haha lots of great black and white photos have been taken of the desert. I recommend film. ;)

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      The look of film is just gorgeous.

      I got to play with Keith's polaroid before they stopped making the papers for it. Don't know what they have right now as a substitute but Keith says they're pretty crappy (comparatively).

      It was always a dream of both Keith's and mine for me to paint over his print plates, They can be worked over in oils. We think it would produce a very neat effect. Think Roger Rabbit but more surreal.

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      It is...but someone in europe is starting to make more emulsion for instant cameras i hear...the impossible film project is great if you live in a place with constant temerature 62 deg f. lol Interesting...I'm always happy to see his experimental creations!

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      I have to agree with Joseph. You could get some great contrasty shots in the desert.

      But I have to disagree with both of you on the prime lenses. Don't get me wrong, I love my prime lenses BUT I also would love to carry around a 24-70 f2.8. It is so versatile and I could capture at least 70% of my shots with just that lens in my bag. I always carry a prime 50 f1.4 because it just can't be beat but the 24-70 is pretty much the lens I would go to in most situations. Just my two yen worth...

      *disclaimer* as a broke-ass English teacher, I can't afford a Nikon 24-70 right now and make do with my third party Sigma 28-70 which is an awesome equivalent lens! One I save up enough, the Nikon lens in my next big purchase!

      Jun 2nd, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      True, I've had the opportunity to use a 'kit' 50 18-55 in the last two years, it has its uses, but the quality is nothing near that of the prime lenses that I have...even my crappy Tokina 400 5.6 is good and sharp, but most of the zoom lenses that I've used are not that.

      Jun 3rd, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      I've had some trouble with soft lenses before too (Nikon 24-120 VR). Primes are tack sharp but for some reason I keep carrying a variable zoom with me...bad habit or laziness...or maybe both!

      Jun 5th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      hahaha They certainly do have their use, I'd love to have one that went from 18-150 that was as sharp as my mamiya/sekkor 55mm 1.8

      Jun 6th, 2011 Reply
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Keith is looking to reacquire a Mamiya with digital back. His was stolen from his luggage! >:O

      Jun 6th, 2011 Reply
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      Hm. You know, the only two 'gear hounds' here are /dehk and /JAHphoto i believe he works for a shop in Alaska. If anyone would have a line on one, it would probably be one of those two, as far as my small scope reaches. :)

      Jun 6th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      My dream lens would be a 16 - 300 internal focus f/1.8!!! I would have to start working out again just to be able to pick it up! lol

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      Missing gear sucks! Let me poke around here in Japan to and see what I can find.

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      Keith had an amazing telephoto lens for our Sony a-850, however something happened so he had to send it in. Hopefully they'll fix it...

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      How do you find the Sony body? I've heard a lot of good and bad about it.

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      I LOVE it. Granted I only use it to take photos of food, pretty things, cats, and well, more importantly, my paintings as well as their processes.

      I've had no problems with it. It has been faithful to my humble needs. It's sensitive, the colours come out great (for a digital medium), and the clarity is awesome.

      It doesn't shoot 16-bit .RAW though, which could be useful for my paintings, but I have a good idea of what I'm doing in Photoshop so it doesn't bother me. Maybe there -is- a way, just haven't figured it out yet.

      Keith hates Sony's flash. Sold it.

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      lol. I can understand why. *)

      I played around with an acquaintance's Sony body a few years back and it seemed like a decent entry to the dSLR market. I personally shoot a Nikon but would consider a Sony if I had to. :)

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • snowmask

      snowmask

      I had a 5D and loved it. Keith sold it lol :(

      Jun 7th, 2011 Reply
    • HillbillyDeluxe

      HillbillyDeluxe

      Oh noes! :(

      Jun 8th, 2011 Reply C'mon Pookie...
    • HellOnAStick

      HellOnAStick

      hahah too bad... nikon FTW...wait, no. haha

      Jun 8th, 2011 Reply