Two kites and a jumbo!

David Clarke

Joined March 2009

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Sometimes you just get lucky!

This shot was taken in January 1998, before the days of digital and photoshop. I know these days it would be a relatively simple matter to fabricate a shot like this, but this one, hand on heart, is the real thing!

It was taken on my first Canon, a 50E film camera with a 70-300 f4.5 lens attached. I was using negative film and unfortunately over the years the negatives have deteriorated. Try as I may, I can’t get a satisfactory scan. So this shot was scanned from a 10×8 print made at the time, polished up a bit in PS, but not much. It’s pretty much the whole original frame. Obviously it’s not the best quality, but I thought that it had sufficient interest value to post it anyway.

The story is that it was Chinese New Year, a holiday in Hong Kong, and I took a walk along Barker Road on the Peak, a road with good views that the tourists normally didn’t know about. January 1998 was about six months before the old Kaitak airport in Hong Kong closed for good and at that time of year, with winds from the north, the aircraft sometimes had to take off over the city, which they were on this particular day. From my viewpoint they were passing right behind the two ‘goalposts’ on the top of the Bank of China so I set up my camera on a tripod and took a few as they passed that point. At the same time, there were a couple of kites playing in the air above me – there’s a large colony of them on Hong Kong Island. They were just having fun swooping and swirling around, playing and chasing one another. As it so happened, just as this Jumbo passed behind the Bank and I tripped the shutter release, they swooped together into the field of view, giving a great and unexpected bonus to the shot – I didn’t realise I had actually caught them in the shot until the film was processed! As I said, sometimes you just get lucky!!

Oddly enough, it’s better viewed large!

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