Saturday, March 22, 2008

Metal (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

Last month, my trusty but old Ricoh Caplio RR30 camera -- so old and old-fashioned looking that a couple of people who've seen it asked me whether it was a digital camera at all! -- started developing problems that caused me, the notorious shopping-phobe, to go and get myself a new camera. Touch wood, but thus far, I'm very pleased with my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 which I found on sale for a pretty reasonable price at an electronics store in Mongkok.

One reason is that, unlike my old plastic-encased camera, this new one has a metalbody that -- as I was immensely glad to find after a recent hike from hell, the end part of which involved my having to slide down the very steep side of a rocky and gravelly hill/mountain because I didn't feel able to walk down it without falling down or off it! -- allows it to withstand being bumped around a lot, etc. and thus live up to its billing of a being an ideal travel companion. For another, this camera also is outfitted with a 10x zoom along with a wide lens that allows me to zoom in and take photos from afar of such as the large and glittery metal sculpture hanging in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre that caught my eye on a recent visit to that place to take in a music theatre performance. :)


Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Congrats on the new metal body of your camera. I hope it'll serve you well from now.
Nice metal structure in HK :)
Happy Easter!

MyMaracas said...

Beautiful photo! Congrats on the new camera, it looks like a winner.

Thanks for stopping by at mine.

jmb said...

Wow, ten times zoom. Excellent and these are excellent photos for this theme. Happy Easter YTSL

Anonymous said...

Good shot, thanks to the new camera.

eastcoastlife said...

The metal sculpture is so pretty! Wow! your new camera so hebat leh.

YTSL said...

Hi napaboaniya --

Thanks and fingers crossed re the camera as a whole serving me well for some years to come! :)

Hi mymaracas --

Thanks and you're welcome re the visiting! :)

Hi jmb --

Thanks and happy Easter/hols to you and everyone else who visits! :)

Hi Lynn --

Like I said: I like my old camera, but the new camera is opening up new photographing possibilities! ;b

Hi eastcoastlife --

Hebat indeed! ;b

Anonymous said...

YAY to new cameras! That structure is absolutely mind blowing!!

jams o donnell said...

Nice choice of camera. I have a panasonic compact for when my it is too risky to bring along my metal bodied Nikon (where I will be drinking lots of ber). I love the sculpture. HAve a great weekend

Randi said...

Your new camera shows excellent photos!
Happy Easter!

Hootin' Anni said...

This is a gorgeous photo...and have fun with the new camera!!!

Happy Easter [or happy weekend, if you don't observe the holiday], and if you can, drop by for my metal interpretation!!! See if you can guess what it is.

Dragonstar said...

That is absolutely incredible! I enlarged the photos for a better look. If metal can seem as light as air, this does. I think you can be very pleased with your new camera.

Janine said...

wow, as in wow..this picture is so beautiful..nice one for this week's theme..

check out mine here

see yah

Carver said...

I think it's great you got a new camera and I love the photograph of the metal sculpture.

Gypsy at heart said...

Interesting shot. Looks like ice!

Anonymous said...

Wow a new camera! Congrats. I've been wanting to get a new one -but I guess I have to wait a little while.

I thought the subject of this photo is made of glass. I'm so wrong. That's an interesting piece of metal.

Anonymous said...

Nice photo from your new camera =). From far I thought it was hanging glasses.

Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

great choice, looks more like crystals to me.

I have started another photoblog with photo partner, Susan, and now participating in the photohunt.

Here's our metal hunt.

have a great weekend and congrates on the new camera.

(I kept typing the word verification wrong - got to paid more attention. sorry if this comment sound all jumbled.)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting light? Congrats on the new camera, it seems to take great photos. Have a wonderous weekend

Sarge Charlie said...

It sounds like a great camera, nice photo, happy easter

Anonymous said...

That is an interesting sculpture! Congrats on your new camera!

**"Liza"** said...

ohhh wow that looks amazing! congrats to your new toys! keep your photos coming!..;)

CRIZ LAI said...

If you do not want this camera anymore, can I be in your giveaway list? Haha.. great shots anyway :)

Hop in for some fun
and/or have a look what my metal teeth cat did
Have a nice weekend!

YTSL said...

Hi kyliem --

Yay indeed and glad you like that sculpture! :)

Hi jams o'donnell --

Panasonic look to be quite the popular brand, having been highly recommended by a couple of camera savvy friends. (And no, I am NOT getting paid to say good things about Panasonic! ;S)

Hi Randi --

Thanks. Take it as a big compliment, seeing that those comments come from you! :)

Hi Hootin Annie --

I don't personally celebrate Easter but it's a public holiday here in Hong Kong so am trusting that I'll have a happy Sunday tomorrow! :)

Hi Dragonstar --

Glad you made use of the "enlarge" option for these photos! :)

Hi Janine --

Thanks! :)

Hi Carver --

Thanks, and am glad you like the photos! :)

Hi Gypsy at heart --

Ice -- that's an interpretation I never would have thought up myself! ;b

Hi mama meji and little polaris --

Nope, not glass (or ice) but, really metal! ;b

Hi Lissa --

Great to see you back in the Photo Hunt -- and now with a new partner to boot! :)

Hi Kissealotatoads --

The light itself isn't all that interesting. Rather, it's the reflection of it off the metal that's interesting, I reckon... ;b

Hi sarge Charlie --

Yes, indeedy re it looking like quite the good camera! :)

Hi Barbara H. --

Thanks and thanks! :)

Hi Liza --

Yes, must admit that I do think of my new camera as my new toy... ;b

Hi Criz --

Hahaha, don't think I'm going to be in the mood to give away my camera any time soon! BTW, I think you may have inverted the URLs for your two blogs... ;b

Anonymous said...

Wonderful shot! Good luck with your new camera, too :-)

Barb said...

Congratulations on your new camera! The sculpture is quite beautiful.

Carin said...

Can't imagine someone's eye not falling on this sculpture. Looks like you can't miss it. Great entry for the theme.

Happy Easter !

JesieBlogJourney said...

Awesome shots! Continue to indulge and share more shots for future photo hunt.

Have a great Easter weekend.

maryt/theteach said...

Great, unusual sculpture that looks alive! :D

Katney said...

I have a Kodak with the 10x zoom and I love that feature. I don't think it is nearly as fancy as yours, but it is a great camera. But my hubby got me a little Casio for Christmas which fits in my hip pocket. That is definitely a feature that I like, too.

Your photo of ametal structure taken with a metal camera is very nice.

denz said...

Wow! what a lovely picture for this week theme, just keep it up and enjoy what you are doing!

Check mine also in HERE!!!

Happy Easter!

YTSL said...

Hi JC --

Thanks for the compliment, especially from a great photographer like you! BTW, I can't help but ask on Easter Sunday: Do people tease you about your initials? ;b

Hi WillThink4Wine --

Thanks! :)

Hi Carin --

The thing with the sculpture is that it's high up in the very high ceilinged portion of the HK Cultural Centre and often times, people rushing to performances may not look up and see it! :b

Hi JessieBlogJourney --

I do intend to do just that. Photo Hunts are fun and I think that this week's Metal has especially yielded great pictures and subject matter! :)

Hi "the teach" --

Alive? Am not sure about that but yes, do think it does move! :b

Hi Katney --

Actually, my camera's also small enough to fit into a trouser pocket -- albeit pockets on cargo pants (rather than more conventional pants)! :D

Hi Denz --

Sound like good sentiments to me! :)

Harajuku PearL said...

Yey for the new camera!!..I thought it was a lighting fixture until i read your post. Very shiny sculpture too... ;)

Pearl - have a good sunday
PS : go and visit my blog, left a tag for you too...oopss..hehe

Anonymous said...

It feels good to own a good new camera eh :P

Anonymous said...

Impressive photos! well done on buying a new camera. I'm still huffing and puffing about buying a new battery charger for mine, having left the other in France - three months ago!

Looking forward to seeing the pics of your a hike from hell ;)

BlueStar said...

Nice entry! Gratz in new camera! ^^ Good luck, have a nice day!

*Do visit my very first photohunt! As a Newbie, I do accept contructive comments, you're most welcome!

YTSL said...

Hi Pearl (and Pato) --

After all the thoughts about the metal sculpture being something else, managed to take a good look at it again yesterday as I happened to have been at the HK Cultural Centre again yesterday and can verify that it's definitely a metal sculpture!

Also, thanks much for the tag! Like I wrote on your blog though: Am a bit unsure as to how to proceed, so would appreciate it if you could give me (more) instructions regarding doing so! :b

Hi Kit --

Had to overcome my worries when I saw that it had a thick instruction manual but yeah, it does feel good! :)

Hi a. --

The scary/sad thing is that I will have to do a whole heck more shopping before too long (for a printer, maybe a new computer and definitely a new apartment). Hopefully, things will turn out as well as with this camera... ;S

As for the hike from hell pics: Will put them up sometime but it won't be for a while yet as I've got a few more hikes ahead of it along with other things I want to cover (e.g., the ongoing Hong Kong International Film Festival).

Hi Bluestar --

Thanks much for visiting on your first ever Photo Hunt! :)