Our family has a tradition of going to eat at the same Thai restaurant near the Tai Mei Tuk area whenever we are together for the summer. Sometimes we add a biking session, a kite flying session or just a leisurely walk around the area before dinner.

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I took Adrienne out with me for the trip to experiment a little bit and get to know my camera a little better. Here are some of the results of that experimenting plus more experimenting in the editing process.

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Tai Mei Tuk is nestled in a cluster of villages out in Tai Po, so the further out the bus goes, the more the old HK village life starts to emerge, providing a fantastic counterpoint to the tourist-related businesses that are also present in the area.

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If you’ve been on this blog for some time, you’ll know that I have a huge love for the coast and coastal scenery. Something about the way water near the earth is restless but also inviting, still but also playful, moves me.

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Stopping by the small piers every year, watching the fishermen, the families catching shellfish, the kayakers, BBQ parties, runners, hikers and bikers make their usual rounds in the area is a wonderful way for me to end every summer.

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The trip there is also an annual pilgrimage to eat frozen pineapple, which admittedly I can easily make myself, but is much less satisfying without the ridiculously packed everything-available store as a backdrop / dining area.

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Tai Mei Tuk is one of the parts of Hong Kong that has remained constant over a decade. I have many years of memories layered and tangled with the landscape and the rhythms of this little reservoir a little bit away from the city. May this place stay and grow quietly in its own time and in its own way for many years to come.

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On an editing related note, I’d never have expected myself to come to rely so much on the magenta spectrum to get the affect I wanted for these photos. But I am quite satisfied with the outcome.

Posted by:jasmine

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