Panorama of Hong Kong in Warm, Late Afternoon Light

View from Victoria Peak in Warm, Late-Afternoon Light

It’s been a while since the last post. To get back on track, let’s show another photo from one of the greatest vantage points for photographers in the whole world – Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. […]

View from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

The Most Vertical City in the World

As I mentioned in one of the previous posts, Hong Kong is often called “the most vertical city in the world”. This amazing Chinese city owes its nickname to the extremely high concentration of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. The tallest skyscraper in this picture is Two International Finance Centre. It was completed in 2003, and with its 415 m (or 1,362 ft), it is currently the second tallest building in Hong Kong. […]

Yokohama, Japan - City Skyline at Sunset

Yokohama Skyline at Sunset, Japan

The Yokahama Landmark Tower is the tallest building in that city and one of the tallest structures in Japan. As a matter of fact, with its 296 m, or 972 ft, it is tall enough that I could see it on the horizon through the window of my hotel room in Minato Ward in Tokyo, which was some 26 km (16 miles) away. The tower is located in Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama. Minato (港) means “port” in Japanese, so the fact that the ward in Tokyo shares the name with a district in Yokohama, is a coincidence. […]

Two Dvarapala Yakshas (Thai: ยักษ์) of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Two Dvarapala Yakshas of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

This is another photo from the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew / Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. These fiercely looking statues are called yakshas. They are spirits representing the forces of nature in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The one on the right, with the green face, is called Thotsakhirithon or ทศคีรีธร in Thai script. I haven’t managed to establish the identity of his red-faced companion. Do you know his name? Please let me know.

Highrise Apartment Buildings in Kowloon, Hong Kong and the Neighbouring Mountains as Seen from Victoria Peak

Highrise Apartment Buildings in Kowloon, Hong Kong

I like telephoto lenses very much because they make it possible to achieve completely new perspectives. You see things which you wouldn’t see without them. However, when you are a travel photographer, carrying telephoto lenses can be a bit of a challenge though because the good ones tend to be heavy and the light ones often don’t deliver good image quality. You might think “this lens weighs only 1 or 2 kilograms, it’s not so heavy” but this adds to the total weight of your equipment. […]