Two go to Treasure Island

Well to be honest it was Yim Tin Tsai but it offers photographic treasures. Here is part of today’s haul.

I started with a lichen. I had 3 lenses with me so I had to keep changing depending on what I wanted to photograph. Here the only option was the 180mm macro. This is probably Bulbothrix isidiza (ID suggestion courtesy Mercury Wong).



And I used the same lens for this flower, Mussaenda pubescens. I hope it passed the Gingold test!


Much of the treasure is to be found in the derelict houses. I suspect they may not be structurally safe but neither am I so it seemed a reasonable risk to go inside. These are all taken with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens.

Any Old Iron

Any Old Iron

Up chairs, down chairs

Up chairs, down chairs



I didn’t try the window seat. Neither did I try the wine. And the iron was well, just any old iron. (Cue Mrs. Mills?)

We left earlier than planned as the clouds grew threatening. Before we caught the boat back we slurped down some delicious noodles with ham and a fried egg. Loads of lovely cholesterol. Oh and a cup of black coffee. And as we disembarked I couldn’t resist these fine fish waiting to be sold off a boat tied up alongside.



I hope you like these because there is a better than evens chance you will get more tomorrow. Consider yourself warned.

13 thoughts on “Two go to Treasure Island

  1. I am more than impressed with those “derelict” shots. An absolute favourite of mine, derelict houses, industrial decay, and dereliction of duty(only rarely). The flower shot with your 180 is in my opinion, worthy of printing as well. Very nicely done Andrew. Some great photos and a good read.

    • Thanks Barry. I share the fascination with urban and industrial decay and there is plenty to record in HK. Yesterday I was asked why I was taking the photos and whether they were for private use. I wondered whether someone was sensitive to the issue but after chatting to the guy it seems it was just genuine curiosity. The flower came out better than I had dared hope. I took about 10 shots at different apertures and I have one that is nice with just the flower head sharp and the leaves out of focus. I might tackle that one, too. You should start a blog on being a grandfather!

  2. Great collection, Andrew. Who would not love a pubescent Mussaenda especially when captured as captivatingly as here? A++

    Up chairs, down chairs too. Although usually the chair is a more effective deterrent against a door than in a window. But the whole scene is quite nice. The detail in the lichen and iron are very nice also. Ditto on the feeshes although I don’t care for fish much.

    Looking forward to the rest of Andrew and friend’s most excellent day.

    • Thank you Steve. A++ …….. my best yet, I think. And I promise no fish tomorrow although an octopus (dried) might creep in. I have not decided yet.

  3. Oh La La! Pigalle wine, that’s a bit saucy – and a red too 😉

    Up chairs, down chairs. I like that wall a lot. Really like it. The yellow is perfect, pretty close to the colour that I want to paint the pots.

    Any old iron is stunning, the detail extraordinary. A work of art!

    And the ‘little fishes, on the little dishes’ is perfect. You’ve probably gathered by now that I love pattern and repetition so this fits the bill nicely. Thanks Andrew and I hope you both had a lovely day.

    • Thank you Lottie. I was out with an Australian photographer friend as Shirley was doing wedding prep stuff. I had a pink ticket. I rarely like my own shots but today I was quite happy with the results. Yes, any old iron worked well. I kept moving in closer each time until I simply had a detail shot with shallow DoF. The rest was in the processing.

      • It’s beautiful Andrew. You can almost smell the metal if that makes sense?
        As you know I love all of your pictures but I especially loved the eclectic mix today. There is something about abandoned buildings and objects that resonates well in photography. The up chairs down chairs particularly won me over! Have a good evening 🙂

  4. Really enjoyed this eclectic group. I could definiteley see some of these hanging in a gallery.
    Perhaps canvas printed.
    Are there any/many studios selling such items in Hong Kong.
    I have often wondered in UK if possible to take one of our many empty shops and arrange a deal with local council to have a short term low cost/no cost tenancy (A week or two) with part of the proceeds going to a local charity/good work.

    • Geoff, there are plenty of galleries selling artwork in HK but not quite so many showing photography. However it is beginning to grow. I bought a watercolour recently in a Sai Kung gallery and asked if they ever exhibited photographs. They have done so twice but essentially the photographer hired the gallery and in one case only for 3 days. I like your idea and it should be something a council would jump at but who knows? In the unlikely event that I ever sold a photo I would happily donate part of the proceeds to charity. However I am not sure what commission the galleries take. I suspect up to 50%. Not such a good deal for the photographer.

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