Late last year I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the unique land that is Hong Kong.
This was one of my favorite, if not my most favorite views of the city. It's almost surreal to see these towering, giant buildings sprawling across the landscape, in every which way, and seemingly infinitely. To walk below them and between them, then to view them as a whole from above, as in this case from Victoria Peak.
This is the view from the mountain that is directly behind the city of Hong Kong, on Hong Kong island. You can get up it a few different ways, from buses to driving, but I ended up on the bit more pricey, and touristy, cable car that ascends the side of the mountain, offering incredible views along the way up, though you may have trouble seeing them if you're not in a seat and concentrating on not falling backwards when you go vertical on your ascension.
In hind sight, I wish I had visited this place at least once more, but it was a bit of a hassle to get to. Especially to photograph sunrise, but that would be even more difficult, and factoring in the giant 6 inch spiders I came across on the mountain, that's not really a place I want to be climbing in the morning darkness.
But if you do find yourself in Hong Kong, visiting Victoria Peak should be considered mandatory. There's no views quite like it.
- Sean Gold
Boston on Ice || Boston,MA
I know it's been a while since my last posting here, but I was trying out a new blog on Tumblr, which was going well, but I sort of missed this blog here, so I'm starting it up again!
So if you're in the New England area, Boston especially, you don't need me to tell you what a crazy winter it's been. A new record of snowfall in the course of 1 month, and 3rd snowiest winter in our history, so far!
Though difficult, I headed into Boston one night to check out the conditions, and made my way over to the Seaport, which was covered in snow!
Here's one of the images I made that night down by the harbor!
Boston on IceMy favorite view of Boston on a freezing winter night.
Shortly after the return from my trip to Israel, I picked up a new lens to add to my tool set! The main type of lens I had been missing was an Ultra Wide Angle, and it was time that I got one! So, I did....and it's amazing!
I recently took it out to Boston to test it out and see how it performed and what I could capture with it. I ended up going to one of my favorite locations in Boston by the Seaport, to see my favorite view of the Skyline. It was a rainy day out, which can be a hassle, but it also often makes for very dramatic conditions, from wet grounds and objects, to great clouds that reflect colorful sunset light and such!
So after a few hours waiting for sunset and then for twilight, here's one of the images I captured that evening! Enjoy! :)
The Boston Skyline right after sunset and twilights begun.
"Just a little bit further, just a few more sets of steps." - That's what I kept murmuring to myself as I neared the end of my first few mile walk and then climb up The Mount of Olives, as the harsh and unforgiving Middle Eastern sun was beating down on me.
I made it to the top, scoped out my location, took my heavy bag off and just stared quietly into the distance, observing and taking in the moment, and imagining what I was about to create.
I watched as day turned to night, as it had for countless times throughout millenia on these walls I was looking across the way at, the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was a beautiful moment. I kept thinking of who else through history has watched this same sunset on these same walls. It was mind boggling.
After the sun finally set, and night began to set in, the day dreaming stopped and the tripod came out!
Here's my image from that night, well, besides the panorama I may post soon too ;) Enjoy!
Atop the Mount of OlivesA stunning view of The Old City of Jerusalem from atop the Mount of Olives. www.SeanGold.com
What an adventure.
A month later and I'm back where I started, in my messy room with clothes that didn't get packed still all over the place, soon to be joined by clothes that did get packed and need to be washed. It's a tougher transition back than I expected, between the lifestyles, the cultures and the mind sets. Part of me is relieved, but more of me is anxious to return.
I wish I had the words, and you had the patience, for me to tell you about all the amazing things that happened and took place on this amazing journey, but that will take time. Much time. So for today I will keep it somewhat brief.
I met amazing new people, seen and experienced amazing places and things, and learned much about history, religion, culture, life, and most importantly, about myself. This trip turned out to be much more than I had expected it could ever be, and I believe it has changed me forever. Though we'll touch more on that later, for now let's get to my first photo I chose to post on my return!
Sunset Over Jerusalem
It was my second day on my own in the city of Jerusalem, and I decided to get a real grasp of the city. I set out to walk to a place called Mount Scopus, which I had less than a great idea where it was or how to get there. I first ended up at Mount Scopus hotel, which annoyingly wasn't located near the actual Mount Scopus.
I ventured on, through all sorts of neighborhoods and lives, the world was unraveling at my feet with every step. I also ventured through some not so safe areas that I was told about, but if you're not going to see everything, then why see anything?
I finally ended up at Mount Scopus, after a long day in the harsh Israeli sun, and 11 miles of walking behind me with my rather heavy camera bag on the whole way.
I arrived just before sunset and was greeted with this epic view of the sun as it set over the city and it was marvelous! I hastily got my camera out and setup my tripod in order to capture the image I share with you today!
Lastly, this is the first image I chose to share since my return, so it must be my favorite, right? Not exactly. It must be the best then, at least? Not really either. It's a lovely image, at least I think so, and I hope you do as well, but that's not why I'm sharing this image with you right now, at this time. It's also for me.
This is a Sunset. We've all probably seen thousands of them. They mark the end of the day, the end of something amazing, and it's sad. But, they also mark something else, the beginning. The beginning of tomorrow, of the possibility for something even better, to build upon what you gained yesterday.
And this is one of the many lessons I have learned on this voyage; I know the sun must set in order to rise.
I look forward to sharing more of my favorite images from this trip, as well as the many stories that I have accumulated as well!
Sunset Over JerusalemWatching as the sun sets over the beautiful city of Jerusalem! www.SeanGold.com
Till next time,