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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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Trail Running

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Trail Running

I've recently come to enjoy running out in the hills and I am now keenly looking at ultra marathon distances. I've completed the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km last November, the 4 Peaks and most recently the MSIG Sai Kung 50km. Looking forward the race goal I currently have down is the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji, which is taking place next weekend. It is a 100mile race circumnavigating Mount Fuji - thankfully there is a shorter 50-odd mile race (88km), which I would look to take part in. 

A big reason for this new found enjoyment of long distance running has come from hills and countryside itself. While that sounds all airy-fairy being out there running around is very enjoyable. It also makes for some great photo opportunities showing a side of Hong Kong that is rarely seen by most. I'll be sharing photos from these runs as I track my progress towards next year's UTMF!

Aberdeen from Hong Kong Trail

Tai Lon Wan and Ham Tin from Sharps Peak

Sai Wan with Ham Tin and Sharps Peak in the background

Repulse Bay from Violet Hill

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Central Tramway

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Central Tramway

After being in KL for the past two weeks I'm taking advantage of Malaysia Day and long holiday to taking an extended trip back to home. It'll be good to get back, even just for a few days, as it is pretty full on in KL and is only going to get worse - this will break it up nicely. Hopefully, I should be able to get out one evening to add to photos like the one below - Central Tramway. Night time shots with the city lights and vehicles flying around the pace definitely makes for good photos! 

I've also set up a mailing list - I thought it would be an interesting thing to try. It will send a mail each time a new post gets uploaded.  

 

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Po Toi

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Po Toi

Taking advantage of the July 1st public holiday we took the ferry over to one of the southerly outlying island for a short walk and a spot of lunch. We headed over with the threat of a T3 warning, which when walking around seemed like nonsense, however just as we headed off back to the ferry the skies opened and we got soaked! Still, was nice to get off Hong Kong Island and do something different for a change. 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 1/500, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 30mm, f/13, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/16, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/16, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 1/500, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 17mm, f/13, 1/320, ISO 400

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Central at Night

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Central at Night

Last week we headed out after work to see if we could find any different angles in and around Central. With the lights from the buildings and the lights off the road, night time in Hong Kong can certainly create some cool photos. Throw in a long exposure, light trails from the traffic, aperture "stars" (not sure if there is a technical term..) and it certainly makes for something different.  

More locations to follow.  

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British and Irish Lions - Part II

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British and Irish Lions - Part II

Part two of the collection from when the British and Irish Lions played the Barba's in Hong Kong. Some familiar friendly faces in this bunch! 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 25mm f/2.8L II; 31mm, f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 1600 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II, 29mm, f/6.3, 1/40, ISO 1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 187mm, f/4, 1/60, ISO 1260

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 106mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO 1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.33ev

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/160, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/40, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO 1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 21mm, f/4, 1/200, ISO 2500

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Dragon Boat Festival

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Dragon Boat Festival

On Wednesday, Stanley was overrun by the Dragon Boat festival. Thousands of competitors hung out on Junks or in makeshift huts on the beach and a couple thousand more took advantage of the public holiday to cheer on their friends or just lounge around on the beach.  

It was chaotic and I didn't last long. 

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1250, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1000, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/2.8, 1/1600, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 35mm, f/5, 1/640, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 70mm, f/6.3, 1/200, ISO 100

Canon 5D MK IIII, EF 70 - 200mm f/4L IS; 200mm, f/13, 1/80, ISO 100

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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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British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong - Part I

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British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong - Part I

Once every four years the British & Irish Lions head out on tour to one of the big three Southern Hemisphere rugby nations - Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. For 2013 they are heading to the land of kangaroos and on the way down from the UK they stopped off in HK to play the Barbarians. It's pretty unlikely the Lions will ever stop off in HK again so I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to see them play.

It didn't make up for missing the 7s but watching the other spectators enjoy themselves was certainly entertaining. Below is a selection of photos from the evening - more will follow.

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 180mm, f/4, 1/125, ISO1600

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 70mm, f/4, 1/60, ISO1250

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/6.3, 1/30, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/6.3, 1/30, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/4, 1/500, ISO2500

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/640, ISO1600

Canon 5D MK III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 200mm, f/4, 1/100, ISO1600

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 78mm, f/4, 1/250, ISO400, -0.33ev

Canon 7D, EF 70-200 f/4L IS; 180mm, f/4, 1/1250, ISO2500, -0.33ev

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