Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

Challenge Winner In Light Up My Life groups “Neon Signs” challenge on 23.02.2013
Winner in the Snaptacular groups “Signs Challenge” on the 19.01.2013
Challenge Winner in the Hong Kong And Macau challenge “Signs In Hong Kong And Macau” on 22.11.2012

Feature in
Amateur Photographers Association on 09.01.2013
The Group
Where On Earth Is This
The World Around us on 11.12.2011
Postcards- Destinations
Virtual Museum

Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong’s population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups. Hong Kong’s Han Chinese majority originate mainly from the cities of Guangzhou and Taishan in the neighbouring Guangdong province.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898. It was occupied by Japan during the Pacific War, after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty. The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era. The time period greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as “East meets West”, and the educational system, which used to loosely follow the system in England until reforms implemented in 2009.
Under the principle of “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong has a different political system from mainland China. Hong Kong’s independent judiciary functions under the common law framework. The Basic Law of Hong Kong, its constitutional document, which stipulates that Hong Kong shall have a “high degree of autonomy” in all matters except foreign relations and military defence, governs its political system. Although it has a burgeoning multi-party system, a small-circle electorate controls half of its legislature. An 800-person Election Committee selects the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the head of government.
As one of the world’s leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade, and the currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. The lack of space caused demand for denser constructions, which developed the city to a centre for modern architecture and the world’s most vertical city. The dense space also led to a highly developed transportation network with public transport travelling rate exceeding 90 percent, the highest in the world. Hong Kong has numerous high international rankings in various aspects. For instance, its economic freedom, financial and economic competitiveness, quality of life, corruption perception, Human Development Index, etc., are all ranked highly.


night photography

I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your write as so much i did not know, very busy thr roads, well to me anyway, the image is terrific and marvelous, good work, all love , Norma

  • Thanks for the lovely comment Norma.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾almost 3 years ago


    December 6th, 2011

    You are now eligible to enter – The Week 1 December Feature Challenge

  • Thanks so much Jeff, much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Another lovely capture of night lights

  • Many thanks Kala.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful FEATURE in the “VIRTUAL MUSEUM” Group!
    Excellent work!

  • Thanks very much for that Elisabeta, greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • wormink
    worminkalmost 3 years ago

    easily as bright as vegas, nice

  • I haven’t been to Vegas but this was some sight. Thanks for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Click on the banner to enter the challenge

  • Thank you so much for that Audrey, so kind of you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • CapricornDancer
    CapricornDanceralmost 3 years ago

    Congrats this image has been featured in the world around us, well done.

  • Thanks very much Steve, greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Angie, greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamalmost 3 years ago

    heaps cool – great pic !

  • Many thanks Dean.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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