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Tai O Fishing Village in Black & White

  • Jul 21, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly-knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise. We'll be shooting our photos in Black & White this time, in this world where time forgot.

In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. And even when color was introduced, black and white photography didn’t die off, instead it flourished.
Modern black and white photography at it’s best is art, and many photographers regard it as the purest form of photography.

So why does black and white photography command such acclaim? One reason is that colour is a distraction. It takes attention away from the visual building blocks of a great photo; texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting. A photographer shooting in black and white has to learn how to use all these elements to create a memorable image.

Another reason is that color photography, much of it mediocre, is so abundant that black and white makes a refreshing change.

From an artistic viewpoint; color depicts reality. Black and white is an interpretation of reality.

Here are some ideas of shooting in B & W.


 

 

 

What to bring:

1. DSLR camera, point & shoot, Micro 4/3rds or film camera.

3. Any lens will do.

3. Imagination! Creativity!

 

Some video documentaries of Tai O Fishing Village here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    We have three openings left for the 2nd Studio Shoot !!!


    If you are one of the many people waiting to attend these sessions then give me a call[masked]:


    Kind Regards,

    MJ

    July 24, 2013

  • ron

    It was wonderful day for shooting. Perfect weather. At 6pm, the shops closed. It started to drizzle. Moh, George, Fion and me were still there. Moh was on the bridge, still shooting while we got on the bus. 20 minutes later, Moh was still there and we were already asleep on the bus back to Tung Chung. Moh is a real photographer, catching the last light of sunset in the rain when everyone's gone home.
    Thanks for coming everyone! I had a perfect day today. Big turnout, awesome photos and great friends.

    July 22, 2013

  • Geo

    wonderful outing & people, thanks and seeya next time....

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a fabulous day, lots of great friends and new people !!!

    Only one bad thing: I now look like a burnt tomato-very red from the sun: my new name is Lobster Man - Lol !!!!!!!!!

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Rich F.

    A great day out, I just wish I could have stayed longer.

    July 22, 2013

  • ron

    I had a great time with everyone today! It was awesome weather, good friends, good food, good pictures. The sky was blue with beautiful clouds the whole day. You should have seen the sunset!

    2 · July 21, 2013

  • Linda K

    nice, thanks Ron

    July 21, 2013

  • Renu

    We had a great time too. Thanks for organizing the event. Till next time !

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising a great day Ron, I'll remember to fully charge my camera next time!!

    July 21, 2013

  • Rich F.

    Thanks for a great day out Ron. Nice to meet you guys and sorry to those I couldnt speak to. Catch you next time ;-)

    July 21, 2013

  • Danielle

    I had a wonderful day in Tai O! I look forward to next meetup I am able to join. Thanks for organizing.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Ron. I cannot make it anymore. We had an accident and I have to stay. See you.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to work, can,t join, have fun!

    July 21, 2013

  • Danny L.

    sorry have to work today and can't join.. Hope you all have fun!

    July 21, 2013

  • Lan T.

    Sorry for such short notice but our overseas guests are not up to coming to this event.
    ; (

    July 21, 2013

  • Demetrio C.

    might be going by myself later...some work to finish up...don't wait for me.

    July 21, 2013

  • Linda K

    got me sunblock, see ya!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really really hope I can join, but Sunday is alway hard for me to manage out for half say shooting. Hope can see more Sat event in the future....enjoy!

    July 20, 2013

  • Syma

    Hi Ron,
    Sorry I'll have to drop out from this as I am down with high fever and sore throat..

    July 20, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Sorry unstable weather.. Will have another plan

    July 20, 2013

  • Adrian

    Apologies for the withdrawal and all my questions and requests. Thanks for organising Ron, I'll see you next time :)

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks... Difficult to join this sunday... Can't v plan anything on a weekday?

    July 18, 2013

    • ron

      Hi Sneha. Most of us have a day job, hence almost all Events are on weekends. We did have a few weekday events, but only 1 attendee turned up.

      2 · July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      O... I understand....

      July 18, 2013

  • Adrian

    Still on if rain? If tornado, tsunami and typhoon?;-)

    July 18, 2013

    • ron

      Adrian, we'll only cancel if there's typhoon, tsunami or tornado. If it rains, we'll go. It could be raining in Central but Tai O is quite far away and may be dry there.

      1 · July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ron, I also will be there at about 2pm because I have a training in the morning. I am sorry I will be late but I wanna stay until sunset too. See you.

    July 18, 2013

    • ron

      Sure, Jay. See you there later.

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Ron! I'm dropping out I'm afraid...I'm back in Spain for a few months. Will be in touch again as soon as I'm back!
    Have a good time!

    July 18, 2013

    • ron

      Alexandra, it's fine. Hope to see you when you're back.

      2 · July 18, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Hello Ron! Don't wait for me either. Planning to hike from tung chung to tai o in the morning. Probably will be there around 2+. So I should call you or try to catch a group of 70 in the village!

    July 15, 2013

    • ron

      Ok, Tammy. Don't get lost! We'll be all over the village. Just look for people with big cameras. You can call me on my phone:[masked]

      July 16, 2013

  • ron

    Adrian, sure. So we won't wait for you. You'll know your way there. Exit the Tung Chung MTR Station at Exit A and head for the bus station. Take bus 11 to Tai O. I have to be there early to guide the new comers who don't know Hong Kong transport well.

    July 15, 2013

    • Adrian

      Thanks for your quick reply and flexibility Ron:-)

      July 15, 2013

  • Adrian

    Ron, is it ok to turn up at Tai o around 1 ish? There's another outing I'd like to attend which is on lantau island in the morning. :-)

    July 15, 2013

  • ron

    Ansel Adams, the famous B&W photographer who shot on film, didn't have a digital viewer to preview the scene first. As he stated, "I had been able to realize a desired image: not the way the subject appeared in reality but how it felt to me and how it must appear in the finished print".

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As Ron said, you won't lose any color shooting B&W in RAW. Plus you can see right away on the LCD what it would look like in B&W. I agree with everyone for Post Processing but also like the idea of shooting only in B&W.

    July 15, 2013

  • Andrew T.

    I've rarely shot in colour with the intent of B&W...ESPECIALLY since my camera doesn't have the option to 'show' it...

    Will someone be free enough to give me guidance on how to do so [again, without B&W preview]? If not, I understand, and I may have to pass on this wonderful opportunity and head there alone some day myself.

    July 15, 2013

    • Christophe G.

      The better will be to shoot in colour and them turn your shots into B&W with lightroom or photoshop. The B&W mode of your camera will only provide a quick result but never as good as the one you will get with the software.

      July 15, 2013

    • Christophe G.

      As Ron stated in the meetup description, when shooting B&W one need to think of the final result and therefore think more about composition in terms of contrast, lines, shapes, texture ...

      July 15, 2013

  • ron

    End time for this event is sunset at about 6.00pm. There's no schedule for going home.
    Some may want to go back early and some, late. I'll be shooting the sunset over the waters before I go home.

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • ron

    You guys know how to set your cameras to Black & White? It still shoots in RAW color but you get the display in B&W. Helps you to compose and adjust brightness accordingly. I'm bringing my ND filter and tripod to try some long exposures of the boat traffic.

    July 1, 2013

    • Andrew T.

      Hm, I'll foll around with settings to see if I can! =)

      July 2, 2013

    • Andrew T.

      Yeah, as you saw, my camera doesn't have B&W xD I'll just have ot make do.

      July 13, 2013

  • Bing B.

    End time for this event ?

    July 13, 2013

  • Rich F.

    Hey Ron, looks like a huge turnout. Will there be room for me to join so late in the day?

    July 12, 2013

    • ron

      Yes, Rich. Come along and join everyone. There's room for a 100 people.

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Peter L.

    Awesome... Love B+W

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time joing this, looking forward to learn B&W photography

    July 10, 2013

  • WID

    Camera stay too long in the bay.

    July 7, 2013

  • Vikram

    First time at a group photo shoot. Looking forward to it!

    July 4, 2013

  • Tej G.

    Sounds fun!!

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It will be !!!

      July 1, 2013

    • ron

      Oh yeah!

      July 1, 2013

  • Lois

    I love photos taking

    June 26, 2013

  • Edwin

    HI I am new to this group as well and would love join this activity .but my English is just fine, Mr ron, Can I speak Cantonese with you ?
    btw , I am currently using Fuji X-E1 , not DSLR

    Thank you very much :)
    Edwin

    June 23, 2013

    • ron

      Hi Edwin. Yes, you can use your Fuji X-E1 for this event.

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • John C.

    New to the group, an Australian looking forward to improving and learning

    June 21, 2013

  • Danielle

    this is my first event and i just want to clarify date and time....sunday the 23rd at 11:30 am? it is what i am hoping becausei cant do 11:30 pm.

    June 20, 2013

    • ron

      oh, it's July 21st. 2013 on Sunday. At 11.30am.

      June 21, 2013

  • Joe

    I intend to buy some "shrimp paste" there.

    June 21, 2013

  • ron

    I've uploaded 2 video documentaries here. They'll give you an idea of Tai O. I'm planning to take the boat ride to watch for pink dolphins for HK$20. The boat will also do a short tour of the village on the way back. This will give me a view of the village from the sea.

    June 21, 2013

  • Joe

    What's a wonderful activity. It is a shame that I have never been Tai O even living in Hong Kong for 40 years.

    June 21, 2013

  • ron

    Yes, guys . 11.30am. So sorry for the mistake. Thanks for telling me, Danielle!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I should be back!!!!

    June 20, 2013

    • ron

      Come back quick! We missed you at our events!

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Stephanie w.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 20, 2013

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