Girl posing for a portrait at whyte avenue in Edmotnon beside a barn door

Mini Portrait Session

Had a brrrrrr breezy portrait session today with our beloved UAPC member Joanne! Although the fall breeze came sweeping in and surprised us, we had a warm shoot nonetheless.Joanne is a student in the University of Alberta studying in human ecology and has done a few contests on her own. She has made some pretty sweet dresses and accessories. You can see a short clip from her latest contest for Southgate Mall in Edmonton 

We tried a bit of light painting that day too, but it didn’t really go that well, so I stayed behind that night to pin the problem down all by myself! Check it out below!

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So this must have taken at least 20 frames to get myself to freeze properly. I’m especially proud of it because I stayed in the cold windy night to do it all by myself till around 3am. I still find a lot of room to test new things out, so I called up a few friends from University of Alberta Photography club. Stay tune for the next post! kinsmen copy 2

A visit to visual paradise Bird Garden, Hong Kong

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is right beside flower market road off of Prince Edward MTR train station.People come to visit this beautiful Chinese garden filled with exotic birds like parrots and cocktail birds. There are also freeing of birds from cages in some shops for tourists and locals not planning to shop for a pet or buying bird care products. Neat Chinese traditional bamboo bird cages, bird toys, and all kinds of exotic birds are displayed inside or outside of their cages.

When I arrived here, it was already closing time. There are many bird enthusiasts who may come to gather and spend time at this beautiful setting inside this concrete jungle. The outside of this area is filled with busy cars and crowded streets like any other main roads in Hong Kong. But as soon as you step in, it almost feel a bit like a strange paradise filled with pets and free spirited seniors who treated this place as their favourite hide out.

I often wonder how birds feel like, to be born with their wings clipped and their feet chained. In this city, the only thing I can hope for is for these birds to find a good owner or shop owners who will cherish them and  take good care of them in their lifetime. I once met a family friend who owned 4 parrots at home and they were the happiest birds you would meet. They frequently dance around and flap their wings, and even learned to do some talking when they feel like entertaining their human friends.

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MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B1. Walk along Prince Edward Road west towards the Mongkok Stadium for about 15 minutes.

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/shop/where-to-shop/street-markets-and-shopping-streets/bird-garden.jsp#ixzz39ANo7EWA

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I think out of all places, this is definitely one of my favourite places I’ve shot in the streets of Hong Kong. All the colors and displays makes for an amazing, fresh composition. Wish I could spend more time here! Until next time I guess!

Flower Market Road, Hong Kong | mpStudio Street Photography

Missing Piece Studio takes you down the must go destination when looking for a tourist friendly market where selling and shopping for flowers are the only focus. Right out of Prince Edward Station MTR train station, house plants and anything gardening related is for sale all year round!

 

For more on how to get here see this link: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/shop/where-to-shop/street-markets-and-shopping-streets/flower-market.jsp

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Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

In the streets of Sham Shui Po, you’ll see some of the oldest buildings in Hong Kong. It is also famous for its flea market and street vendors. You may not find the trendiest clothes and newest gears. Rather, you would find parts, Pro audio and visual gears, LED lights, and even used electronics, power tools, and other “nerdy” and “geeky” parts and gadgets. You can find all sorts of people here, and the dragon centre nearby definitely brings a nice modern touch to this area.

I travel with the mind of checking out Photography Gears in Ap Liu Street, and of course to the Dragon Centre (Chinese: 西九龍中心) and other streets where clothes, cute stuffed animals, and cool toys are for sale there. Perfect for souvenirs.I didn’t get a photo of the camera stores but rather went right down to business into buying things and snapped some photos of the mall and a glimpse of the street scene here in Sham Shui Po, Ap Liu Street. Here are a few snaps at the Dragon Centre, which has lots of “square stores” and cool food.

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Traveling to Mongkok, Hong Kong

Alright, back to photos from the trip! This is the place everyone would go more then once while staying in Hong Kong. The street vendor filled lui yun street, the awesome malls, the trendiest clothes, food, and camera stores! To summarize Mongkok in a nutshell, is almost as hard as describing Hong Kong to someone. To me, Mongkok is the definition of street, trend, and crowded ghetto of Hong Kong. What’s your definition of it?

 

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Hong Kong – Next Station is Cetral Sheung Wan

Hollywood Road is a street in Central and Sheung Wan, on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street runs between Central and Sheung Wan, with Wyndham Street, Arbuthnot Road, Ladder Street, Upper Lascar Row, and Old Bailey Street in the vicinity.

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