Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Po Lin Monastery & Tian Tan Buddha - Hong Kong (Part 4)

In the month of December in 2013, I took a trip to China to visit relatives and to travel places and take photos. On this trip, I visited Jiangsu (江苏), Anhui (安徽), Hong Kong (香港), and Macau (澳门). I took many photos on this trip and I will be splitting them into many parts. I will do my best in these blog post to describe the photos, however due to the lack of map data for China (on Google) and my horrible Chinese, I may not be able to give you too much details on certain things. At the time of visit, the smog in China is very heavy. In many of the photos, you will see what looks to be fog or haze, but it is the smog (pollution) in China. Be warned, that the pollution in China is not at safe levels. I started coughing less than one week into the trip, and I did not recover until the beginning of March this year (2014). Many individuals in China had the same cough I got. If you haven't done so, you can view my vlogs here. I already posted all my vlogs (of the entire trip) on Youtube, but these photos will come out in parts.

12/2013,我去中国旅游。我去了江苏、安徽、香港、和澳门玩。我会把照片分成很多部分。我的中文没有那么好,我不能翻译所有的东西。 我去中国的时候有很大的雾霾。我咳嗽咳了好几个月。我这次旅游也拍了一些视频,你可以在这里看。

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Hong Kong photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my photos from 2013 China trip, use this link.

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Here is Part 4 of Hong Kong, China, S.A.R. (香港特区). This beings my photos from 12/20/2013. I have photos from Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺) and Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛) for today.

这是香港第四个部分。我有宝莲禅寺、和天壇大佛。

There were sure a lot of people at the Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). There were many tourists and worshipers. Decided to stick on an ND filter to do some photos with the people blurred out. On the right is the Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛).
宝莲禅寺有很多人哦。右边是天壇大佛。
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 20 N 113 54 15 E  

Walking into Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). Ironically a few souvenir stores on the left was selling meat sausages. LOL If you didn't know, most Buddhists are vegetarian. Still using my ND filter to blur out the tourists. 
往宝莲禅寺里面走。
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 19 N 113 54 17 E  

There were many dogs sleeping at Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺) for some reason. Here is a photo of one now. Wild guess that this one is male. :)
宝莲禅寺有很多狗在睡觉。

Here is another photo of the cute little doggy. 


Back to doing long exposures of Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). 
宝莲禅寺长时间曝光。
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 18 N 113 54 22 E

Another long exposure from the same place. 
长时间曝光

Photography Tip: ND filters and long exposures do not always guarantee a clean image! How many tourists are moving, and how many are in one spot taking photos all factors into the final photo. Always shoot multiple and try to select the "cleanest" shot. Or you can use different methods in Photoshop to average the final product for a much cleaner photo. 

The stairs up to the Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛). It was a really tiring hike up there. 
楼梯到天壇大佛。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 18 N 113 54 21 E


A landscape shot of the view above. 

Almost there! Photo is of the Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛).
差不多到了!这是天壇大佛。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 15 N 113 54 19 E

Now up on the top of the stairs facing down towards Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). This one is also a long exposure using my ND filter. 
到了上面看宝莲禅寺。

Here is a photo of the Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛). 
这是天壇大佛。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 15 N 113 54 18 E


Here is another shot from Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛). 

The view from Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛).

This is looking down towards Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺) from the top. 

Now back to Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). 
回到了下面的宝莲禅寺。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 18 N 113 54 25 E


Inside one of the buildings inside Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺). 
宝莲禅寺里面。

Here is the other side of that room. 

Back outside, here is another photo of the Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛). 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 22 15 18 N 113 54 22 E

Inside Po Lin Monastery (宝莲禅寺) facing Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛). 
在宝莲禅寺看着天壇大佛。

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from Hong Kong, China S.A.R. (香港特区). The photos for next time will continue my photos from Tai O Fishing Town (大澳). Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

下一次有跟多在香港特区拍的照片。有大澳的照片。

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