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31 Aug 2015

Weekend Wanderings: Mong Kok

Mong Kok at Night by hellojesso.com
The lights of Mong Kok. (Photo by me)
What did you do this weekend?

This weekend some friends and I took our cameras over to Mong Kok and walked around this vibrant area taking in the sights, sounds, and (sometimes the stinky tofu) smell.

We went to see if we could capture a little bit of this energy in our photos.
You can view my attempts at night time street photography over on my Hello Jesso - Tumblr.

Located in Kowloon, Mong Kok has been described as one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and when you're there, you can definitely feel it. It is the epitome of hustle and bustle. The streets are teeming with locals, tourists, workers, shoppers - basically everybody seems to be in Mong Kok.

In a previous post I mentioned that other than my iPhone 6, the other camera I use to take photos is my Sony RX100 M3. This is the camera I brought with me to Mong Kok.

I never usually take photos at night because:
1) the iPhone in low light is not great.
2) I've never fully understood what settings to use on a camera.

There's not much I can do about reason number 1, but I can definitely fix reason number 2.

A lot of the pictures I took on this night time walk were either too bright, too blurry, or too grainy, but it was fun trying it out. Learn by doing, right?

For more pictures from our weekend wander, check out on tumblr: @edwardkb and @vdubl.

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About Mong Kok:
If you're visiting Hong Kong, Mong Kok is definitely worth a visit.
Here you'll find the ever popular tourist spots: Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street), Temple Street Night Market, and for all you sneaker heads - Fa Yuen Street or 'Sneaker street'.

Mong Kok is a mix of malls with big brands and small traditional shops and markets. This gives the area its own distinct personality. There are lots of streets to explore where you can marvel at the cluster of shop signs that vie for attention hanging above your head. Finally, keep an eye out for the classic neon lights which are unfortunately becoming a rare sight in Hong Kong.

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