I wanted to give the new lens a road test this morning and my initial idea was Wong Tai Sin temple. In the end we settled for Chi Lin Nunnery, I and my photo buddy for the morning, Hendrick.
Chi Lin is next to the MTR station called Diamond Hill. Frankly I’d sue under the Sale of Goods Act as at least 50% of the name is manifestly wrong. But it is vaguely hilly. Hong Kong rules the world in giving tacky, over-priced sites glamorous sounding names. I guess none of the developers here is likely to call their concrete monstrosity “Tacky, Over-priced Property Hill complete with Matching Mall” but it would be a step forward.
I was hoping that Chi Lin would give me similar opportunities to Wong Tai Sin but sadly it was a heavily and enthusiastically enforced “no-photo” zone other than in the gardens. So portraits went by the way. Nonetheless we wandered around and I tried to see what it was like using the lens wide open at F1.2. This was not as easy as it sounds. It was reasonably bright and that meant at F1.2 the maximum speed of 1/8000 was not enough and I had to stop down. I also shot a few at smaller apertures to see how sharp this lens is. See what you think. Processing is in LR4 and some have been converted to Kodachrome 25 (sharp) in Alien Skin 4.
Dragon not observing the “Please Do Not Spit” sign.
Couldn’t resist one in B&W.
Hendrick in action
Knocker. Note how fore and background are blurred. For the sake of RSITM I have to point out that this is not a user error. Just testing the shallowness of the depth of field. Yummy.
Tasteful [?] orange bridge
One thing you can be sure of in Hong Kong, you are never far away from a shopping mall. Plaza Hollywood provides an interesting backdrop to the nunnery.
So there we are. I definitely like this lens a lot. All I need to do now is find a place that allows me to take pictures of people. Lulu, I am afraid, is camera shy today.