We were in Hong Kong for the premiere of Transformers and it was an amazing trip. Hong Kong is a photographers dream with so many great things to shoot.This shot below was on my list, after coming across a similar photo online. Downtown Hong Kong can be very “ritzy”, but there is an old world element that I love and is captured in this photo.
We also spent the day making our way up to see the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha.
The massive Bronze statue is located on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island and is a major tourist attraction. Let me just offer these words of advice. There are two ways to get to the Big Buddha, by car or by Gondola. Most tourist take the Glass Bottom Gondola (freaky, and not for the faint of heart) and the 25 minute, 18 thousand foot accent into the clouds is breathtaking, but can also be scary as hell. Next Time I will take the bus up to the top.
Once you get to the top it is beautiful and well worth the trip, but that another story, for another day.
Lets get to my favorite shot from Hong Kong. We rented a boat to shoot stuff for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider in the harbor and the back drop was pretty damn spectacular. It’s a unique take on the city from the water and gives you a true feeling of the magnitude of the buildings and how huge they are.
Well during a break I went to the back of the boat, kicked off my shoes and laid down on the netting on the back of the boat. I happened to have my camera right next to me so I snapped a quick shot.
It was kinda an after thought, but when I got back to my hotel room and saw the colors and how cool it looked I fell in love. I took the picture with my Canon 5D and a standard 24-70 zoom lens. Sometimes the best photos are accidental. But the picture really captured the surreal nature of my life, I mean how the hell do I end up in the harbor in Hong Kong, with my shoes off floating and looking at that magnificent backdrop.
Not Your Traditional Museum
Lincoln Heights is probably not on your list of places to visit during your time in Los Angeles, but thanks to the 14th Factory, you might just have to become acquainted with the East LA area. 14th Factory, LA’s new pop-up art space, is an enormous building across from an abandoned city jail.
The experience begins as you walk through a pitch black hallway and into a bright white room, a replica of the bedroom from the final scene of Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Barmecide Feast, by Simon Birch
From there, you make your way into the center of the factory which has a man-made lawn with swings hanging form the ceiling. All around the open space, are different works of art, paintings and photography.
This opens up to the Instagram famous picture spot, “The Crusher” by Simon Birch. The piece composed of 300 hanging pitchforks allows visitors to put themselves at the mercy of the dangling farm tool.
You can get as creative as you want!
The other rooms use giant screens to show images of Hong-Kong apartment buildings, a Ferrari crashing at high speeds and a group of men involved in a brawl.
All the installations allow the visitors to completely immerse themselves in the pieces. Tickets are cheaper online ($18) so make sure you plan ahead. If you want to get a chance to go through this unique experience, they are scheduled to shut down at the end of June.
Zip-Line Through Paris
The most visited landmark in the world is getting a little upgrade. The City of Love is getting a fun new attraction to excite the over 7 million tourists that visit each year.
A zip line stretching from the Eiffel Tower, across the Champs de Mars, and finishing at the L’École Militaire will be available for thrill-seekers until June 11. Le Perrier Smash was setup by Perrier in celebration of the French Open.
If you’re not afraid of being 375 feet above ground and soaring through the city at about 55 MPH, then this attraction has to be on your list of “to-do’s”. And if the thought of gliding down the zip-line terrifies you, don’t worry, it’s only a half mile long and you’ll be down in about a minute.
Have VR goggles? Pop them on and witness it in 360!
Machu Picchu: Changes In Ticketing
If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, making sure you secure tickets to the UNESCO World Heritage site is the first thing you should do. Unfortunately, you can’t make the journey up to the citadel without having tickets in hand. 2500 visitors are allowed per day to access the site, and the tickets currently allow for all day access.
Over a million tourists per year step foot on the iconic site, and although this is great business for Peru, it is wreaking havoc on the actual structure. Archeologists have warned of the serious damage all the foot traffic is causing. The deterioration of the site is leading to changes in ticketing.
To protect the archaeological site, ticket sales will be divided into a morning ticket (8:00AM to 12:00PM) and an afternoon ticket (12:00PM to 5:30PM). These changes aren’t due to happen until early 2018. Changes in prices haven’t been announced and as of today, you can book a ticket for 152 Soles, which is a little less than $50 US dollars.
The change will try to reduce the damage caused by tourists, but will hopefully help in maintaining the site in good shape for generations to come!
If you aren’t planning your trip through an agency, you will need to make sure to get all your business in order. You can do that here
And if you haven’t thought about going to Peru, you should. It is one of the most magical sites to set foot on.
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