A coffee break in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Seems like I was getting a little carried away here, this with my ongoing project of documenting the built environment. The gentleman opposite me asked earlier if he could take the empty seat across the way from where I was sitting. I agreed. This seemed to be more his window seat than it would ever be mine, this in the way he arranged himself after taking the seat.
While packing up to move on, I saw this picture and, this is it.
On parting, the gentleman asked, in impeccable English, “That must be a fish-eye lens? It can shoot very wide”? I said no. And then, mentioned that it was indeed a wide angle lens, one with a very wide coverage.
“It must be a good lens, its got the red band”? I smiled and replied, “Its just a tool”. He was looking that the Canon 17 mm tilt and shift lens that I had attached to my camera.
This little exchange had me thinking. A stone mason uses chisels. A carpenter uses plains or saws. In times past, a good stone mason may have sought out and bought the best. A carpenter likewise. In this day and age, who knows, maybe not? May be more a matter of buying the cheapest now. People seem to have forgotten about the “buy cheap, pay twice” thing. All of this seems to be a matter of perception these days.
Strange what comes to mind when taking pictures. This was one of those moments. As I was thinking, what was going on here in front of me and more so, out on the streets below, seemed to be of a little consequence and almost altogether irrelevant.
Your mileage may vary – make of this image what you will – enjoy.
TECHNICAL NOTES: This image was taken with a Canon 5D MkII using a Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens.
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originally written and posted on 121012 – reposted on 190119