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The North Face 100 HK

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The North Face 100 HK

Going into the start of summer I struggled to maintain any sort of endurance training. I was going to the gym but without any structure. I needed a goal. Hong Kong is lucky to have a proper season of 'trail running events' so it was easy to look forward and start planning. I highlighted the Moon Trekker, the MSIG HK 50km, TNF 100 HK as well as the Vibram HK 100 in January. I also wanted another crack at the MSIG Sai Kung 50km after suffering tremendously with cramps for half the race. 

I ended up missing the Moon Trekker registration start time by 20-min by which time it had reached capacity; for both the long and short distances. Bummer. I have since signed up for the MSIG HK 50km, TNF 100 HK and have entered my name into the Vibram HK 100 lottery - hoping to receive some good news on the 26th September. 

For a number weekends over the past month or two I've been up early and running the TNF 100 route - it's beautiful but brutal! The ridges of Tai To Yan and Pat Seng Leng are stunning and currently my favourite trails in Hong Kong.

Below are a selection of snaps from training.

Tai To Yan Ridge

Hong Kong from the top of Tai Mo Shan

Victoria Habour from the start of the Hong Kong Trail

Aberdeen from Hong Kong Trail - a favourite view

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Hong Kong's Inflatable Duck

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Hong Kong's Inflatable Duck

Before the inflatable duck left Hong Kong harbour I made sure to head down there and grab a photo of it. Late one afternoon, a few days before it was scheduled to leave, we decided to charge up the cameras and head down - after all it isn't often you get to shoot a six-storey inflatable duck in the Hong Kong Harbour.

We took a time lapse from a few locations on top of Ocean Terminal and while it make for a long evening there were definitely a number of keepers. Let me know which is your favourite angle .. I prefer the second

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 6.0s, ISO 320

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 17mm, f/13, 6.0s, ISO 320

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Videos & New Project

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Videos & New Project

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I've been back in Hong Kong for a bit now as the extensive travelling has slowed down somewhat. Before it begins to start up again towards the end of the year my brother and I have a new project on the go. Whilst I don't want to let it be known right from the off we will be sharing shots/ updates as we progress through. 

This first one comes from Kowloon promenade as you look back at Hong Kong - always a favourite spot for the tourists and Hong Kongers alike. With the late summer sunset we're able to finish work and make our way over without missing any of the good light. It is a must for any visitor to witness.

Canon 7D, Tonika 11 - 16mm; 11mm, f8, 20s, 0.67ev, ISO 160

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Graham Street Market

It's been a while since I've got out and taken photos in Hong Kong so when I'm next home I definitely feel the need to get out there and go shooting. To aid this I'm looking at buying a new lens when I'm next home. I've been looking at the 70 - 200mm L IS f/4 as a lens to add to my arsenal - the plan is to to isolate the subject further and have a greater variety of options when shooting. After that I reckon I'll be looking at a wide angle lens. Suggestions are more than welcome. 

Today's shot is not of an isolated subject but of a cross roads in Graham Street Market. Graham Street Market is smack bang in the centre of hundreds of high rise buildings and has been around for longer than 100 years. Due to it's location it is a fairly unique but hugely popular market for both locals and resident expats - can't really go wrong with cheap fresh food.

I tried to get take in as much as possible but thats always pretty difficult when there is so much to experience. For your reference the markets run down the hill from right to left. Straight ahead (although you can't see it due to the signs) is the mid-levels escalator - longest sequence in the world. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 26mm, f5.6, 1/40, ISO 200 

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The 852 Waters

I got to spend the 2010 summer months in Kuala Lumpur working towards a brand new LPGA tournament. I had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed living there for 4 months, however, I missed summer in Hong Kong - considering the previous two summers I had spent in Hong Kong were some of the best couple of months holiday I've had this was hard to swallow. 

To make matters worse my brother and friends were enjoying the best weather Hong Kong has to offer whilst jumping of bridges, diving into pools and generally enjoying themselves rotten. I was working. For two weekends I flew back and joined in the fun, which although was fantastic it was also very short lived. Who knew 48hrs could fly by so fast!  

To cap things off my brother has put together a video of their exploits - I feature as the driver at the start whist providing the backflip with Will who did the front somersault & 1/2 (0:57 - 1:03min) - which only serves to make me more jealous. 

I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think. More of his edits are available here

The 852 Waters from Robin Lee on Vimeo.

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A View of the Habour

It's been a while since I have put together a new photo and uploaded it. You can blame my work for that, though I do realize that isn't much of an excuse. Oh well, I'm back now. Currently I'm home in Hong Kong, which I'm thoroughly enjoying. The weather at this time of year is just fantastic - something I had completely forgotten.

For that reason I wanted to share a favourite Hong Kong image of mine. I took this when I was out on some chores a couple of summers back. I went to Hung Hom to carry out my chores - such a long way away - but it did enable me to take the star ferry back.

What I like most about this image is that it covers many significant aspects if Hong Kong. It has the skyline, the convention centre (where the handover in 1997 took place), the habour and of course the star ferry.

Converting gene image into black and white I think adds some atmosphere to the image. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 24mm, f5.6, 1/1250, ISO 100

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Peak Galleria

Last weekend I was back in Hong Kong for an event a friend organised, which was fantastic however, what made the quick 48 hours even better was that on Sunday my brother and I managed to drive up to the Peak - the highest point on Hong Kong Island. I don't remember the last time Hong Kong was so clear!

My time at the Peak was limited because of my flight back to Kuala Lumpur later that evening, which meant I wasn't able to stay for "Magic Hour". However, when you see a view like the one we we graced with I don't mind missing "Magic Hour" - you could see for miles.

I also got to use my brother's 7D, which was pretty cool as I've not taken any shots with anything but my 400D. I love this photo and know that whenever I want to remind myself of Home this is what I'm going to look at.

This photo is a 4 shot hand held panoramic photo stitched with Photoshop 4. Make sure you see it in the Hong Kong Gallery Lightbox

Canon 7D, Tamron 18 - 200mm f3 - 5.6; 18mm, f16, 1/160, ISO 250

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Hidden Agenda

I wasn't sure what I wanted to share today - I wanted something different and not of a location I've recently posted. So today, I'm going back to Hong Kong and back to last year's summer. The summers in Hong Kong are incredibly hot, ridiculously humid and extremely wet but the skies are blue and the wind comfortable - perfect pool or water sport weather! My positive outlook on Hong Kong summers is slightly biased as I've been on holiday for the past few summers. Being suited and booted in this weather can't be too enjoyable!

However, Hong Kong does get hit by some pretty intense typhoons every summer. You can almost guarantee about 4 days off work due to the typhoons every summer. I guess the workers can't complain too much then..

With these typhoons comes some pretty severe winds and large amounts of rain, which creates totally different photo opportunities. I can't remember why I was out in this typhoon and with my camera to boot but I'm glad I was. In one hand I had my huge golf umbrella, that wasn't really protecting me from the rain because it was getting battered about by the wind, and with the other hand I was attempting to get my camera out from my backpack - quite the pickle! However, after succeeding and stay relatively dry, I had the camera in one hand and managed to quickly take this snap as the guy was walking towards me - I wonder what he was talking about on the phone under there..?

So, just because it's raining outside it shouldn't stop you from going out and taking photos. The different weather can provide something that is totally different and unexpected - just wrap up!

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/125, ISO 400


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