Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Over the years I have lived in a few countries, including, Germany, Italy, Cyprus and of course the United Kingdom. I have also been fortunate to have visited many more countries either for business or pleasure.

On a trip to Hong Kong I took time out to visit Lantau Island and a quaint fishing village. Tai O (Chinese: 大澳) is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The village is a photographers dream and definitely worth the trip from Hong Kong.

The fishing lifestyle is dying out and while many residents continue to fish, it barely provides a subsistence income.

Tai O is also known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”. It’s a hot tourist spot for both foreigners and residents of other parts of Hong Kong, despite damage by a fire in July 2000.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

There is an old saying that many of us will be familiar with;

Home is home, be it ever so humble

….and that’s how I saw the stilt houses or pang uksBuilt right over the waterway many of the stilt houses look dilapidated and rumoured to be mainly occupied by squatters. Dilapidated they may be, but they do provide a home, which can’t be all bad. Tai O is still very much a quaint fishing village but how long will it remain like that. New transport options have made Lantau Island much more accessible. It is inevitable that Tai O will not escape the developers who are bound to come sooner or later.

Wandering round Tai O you can still find the traditional salted fish and shrimp paste  storefronts. For a small fee, some residents will take tourists out on their boats along the river and for short jaunts into the sea. It’s is also a good place to see the sunset.

21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

  1. Opalla February 10, 2013 / 15:43

    Thanks for including my post on Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate. You are quite right that the ecosystem is our Home.


    • Mike Hardisty February 11, 2013 / 11:36

      You’re welcome. I always try to include a selection of other bloggers who are taking part in the weekly challenge


  2. Talkerhuge February 10, 2013 / 16:25

    I agree… wonderful pic!!!! thanks for the share… love the colors but especially the halo… it seems almost out of a dream, fantastic!


    • Mike Hardisty February 11, 2013 / 11:37

      Not quite sure what you mean by the halo but thank you for the comment


    • Mike Hardisty February 11, 2013 / 11:40

      Thank you Yvonne. I wanted to bring out the colour in what was a rather dull photograph. On the day I went to Tai O it was very overcast with horrible grey skies. Eventually it started raining heavily but I’d got enough photographs


    • Mike Hardisty February 11, 2013 / 11:40

      Thank you for the comment ant you’re welcome on the pingback


    • Mike Hardisty February 11, 2013 / 11:46

      Thank you. Yes I did edit it. In this case a heavy touch of HDR followed by some NIK Color Efex Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow. The original RAW image was taken on a very dull darkish sort of day and had no contrast at all. It really was quite flat and a bit over-exposed so I had to do something to rescue it. Hope that explains , but if not come back to me and I’ll give more detail.


  3. Tina Schell February 11, 2013 / 23:04

    Wonderful response to the theme Mike. Well done.


  4. Shu @travelographers February 12, 2013 / 06:56

    “Home is home, be it ever so humble..” love this quotes, and i like your HDR picts.. awesome photo!


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