After about one month of searching and reading reviews on dpreview.com and similar websites, I bought my first digital SLR last week. Just like most IT projects this one also ended up way above the planned budget after talking to a couple of people with more experience than me.
Eventually I ordered a Canon EOS7D the 15-85 IS USM kit lens and a bunch minor small parts like second battery, etc.
The plan is to revive my photoblog where I used to post photos from the old industry ruins around Chemnitz, Germany. We’ll see, how often I manage to update that page. The link is here: http://www.manuelm.org/photoblog/
This is one of the first pictures with the new camera documenting the results of sheep feeding on genetically modified flowers (seen in Konstanz this weekend).
On my way back from Hong Kong to Frankfurt I had the “pleasure” to fly with Air China. On the way to Hong Kong they had already set a new lower boundary for airline food, but on the way back they really got me. After ordering the “not Chinese breakfast” from one of the flight attendants, I got the Chinese breakfast which looks like this:
I had a dejavu with a scene from “The Matrix”: After Neo has left the Matrix and has a meal with the crew of Morpheus, one of the crew complains about the white slimy stuff that they have to eat. It contains all you need to survive, but tastes – well, not so good.
Guess, what the white stuff on the bottom of the photo is like.
After the conferece I had two extra days in Hong Kong. Here are my favorites from the last days:
No. 1: The Skywalk on Macao Tower. At 200 meters, you can leave the closed observation deck and walk on a platform around the tower. No handrails, just a harness and 40-50 km wind.
No. 2: Hiking Hong Kong Island. We found a closed trail that leads from West Peak down to the south side of the island. The views were absolutely amazing. The island is half jungle and half mega-city. Add a very steep and rocky trail and you get probably one of the best hiking trails ever.
No. 3: Watching the skyline of Hong Kong Island at night. According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong is the city with the highest number of skyscrapers world wide.
No 4: Kowloon (a part of Hong Kong) also happens to be the most densly populated place on earth. Walking across its night markets is also fun.