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08 Aug

夢幻迷離的白沙國家保護區

忙裡偷閒 從Tucson 駛到 Alamogordo
約六小時車程舊地重遊 這
有點夢幻迷離的白沙國家保護區

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
National Park Service Website

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31 Mar

我愛寶麗萊

幾年前得悉 寶麗萊相機宣佈停產
心裡頭不期然有點失落之感
相信大家都一樣
當時有那依依不捨得的感覺罷
記得在電台節目中
我也趁機 說起即影即有的舊拍照文化
索性唏噓一番 懷「它」一舊…

其後看過寶麗萊推出的
無墨熱感印刷”Zink”的輕便打印機
頗有趣 作用是類似
不過 終歸不是那滿有情懷的Polaroid
相片沖印質素也未如理想

上年返香港的時候也看見
富士版本的”Instax”即影即有相機
不過價錢並不便宜哩
感覺始終也不一樣
所以也沒有買下來

最近看到這段新聞 報導這名為
不可能的工程
“The Impossible Project”

原來一班寶麗萊的老臣子
(和一個滿有藝術家脾氣的生意夥伴, Florian Kaps)
當年不甘心總公司決定要結束這
曾經是風麾萬千
顯赫一時的產品
他們決定嘗試 要把這即影即有科技
起死回生

他們在兩年前 挽回了在荷蘭
原先計劃是要被拆毀的工廠
之後經過多番努力試驗
反覆研究化學成份
尋找相配的原料
重新操作製造程序的舊機件…
整過「重新發明」的過程 當中其實是相當複雜
大家都不看好
這個成功機會很低的嘗試

不過 他們成功了!
能夠重新引進這個技術
新一批的即影即有相紙 可再次生產
適用於舊款仍保存著
大概有三億部的寶麗萊相機
相紙本週有售了
先是有黑白相紙 其後將會推出彩色的

我愛寶麗萊…
誰說有不可能的事呢? :-)

88375987

Click! Polaroid Snaps Back On The Scene
By BARRY GORDEMER
See full article from NPR: http://www.npr.org

Crazy, Magic, Impossible: Polaroid Film Is Back
By SARAH GILBERT
See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/aSwgCI

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18 Oct

day 4 – moab

A “light” Day 4. I was tempted to revisit Arches and Dead Horse Point again, but decided to opt for a more “restful day” in Moab. I did try out that “all-you-can-eat Chinese-and-American” place I mentioned earlier. Apparently this is one of the most famous (and probably the only – Chinese) restaurant in town. I paid $11 for a bowl of very uninspiring noodle soup, with shredded pork and spicy veggies. I know. Well actually, I don’t know. Somehow I am drawn to these small-town America, Chinese restaurants. Certainly not because of the taste.

Back to reality tomorrow, driving all the way to Salt Lake City and back home. I am posting a few more photos here. Hope you all will enjoy them – as my heartfelt thank you, for your prayers and thoughts.

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18 Oct

day 3 – antelope canyon

I got up a bit late on Day 3.

I spent the night at Kayenta, a small town south of Monument Valley along the Arizona border. In search of serenity and quiet time; the two places I desired visiting all along have been Monument Valley, and Antelope Canyon. It’s about two-and-a half drive to Page, Arizona. As I pulled into the park entrance; the tour guide was just about to leave for Upper Antelope Canyon. It’s a bumpy, sandy and windy drive into the slot canyon, and the only means of getting to it is with these Navajo native Indians tours. I hopped onto the truck just in time (and the last seat available) for the eleven o’clock session – which turned out to be the only trip throughout the day to catch the glimpse of “ray of light” inside the slot canyon. Praise the Lord.

The best month to visit Antelope Canyon is actually in July. Trying to photograph the beam of light in late summer or autumn can be difficult. The tour guide is actually a photographer herself; and gave us hints and tricks to take the best shots. We made it to the deepest part of the canyon (a mere fifteen minutes walk); right at the perfect moment. The diameter of the beam striking the canyon floor can get as small as a quarter, under the best conditions.

After a brief stop at Glen Canyon Dam, I hesitated whether I would be spending the rest of my day at Grand Staircare-Escalante, or Lake Powell. At the end, I figured I’d likely be running out of time – and instead should return next time. Spent the rest of the evening back in Monument Valley, this time, with more care with my driving, and took a few sunset shots. After dark, the remoteness and silence inside of Monument Valley can be a bit eerie, yet majestic.

Back to Kayenta, I couldn’t stand another bite of McDonalds and Burger King, so I tried my luck at a Chinese place called “Gold Rice Bowl”. Like the saying goes, “you can always find a Chinese restaurant”. I ended my day with Moo Goo Gai Pan, Broccoli Beef, and my beloved rice.

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17 Oct

day 2 – monument valley

Monument Valley has this mystical, mythical and serene aura to it.

The most breathtaking viewpoint is perhaps the approach from Mexican Hat via US 163. The day’s (short) hikes and driving tours were surreal. It was simply a treat to witness His majestic creation, especially with His presence. Towards the end of my visit I ran across a few young Brits fellas (actually from Wales). They were standing next to me and I noticed they were jumping up and down screaming “I love this place!”. Strangely, they invited me to join them; and even more strangely, I agreed to go nuts with them. The sounds of three voices, “I love this place” echoed surrounding the beautiful mesas, buttes and red rocks. Crazy.

The morning and afternoon went quite uneventfully (again); and I was intending to wait till sunset to drive back into the heart of Monument Valley. Watching the sunset at Monument Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That was MY plan, and actually – my main purpose of visiting Monument Valley. But of course, God has better plans for me; and what HE has prepared is always something unexpected, but more rewarding.

As I mentioned in my earlier post; I should have rented a Jeep or 4×4 driving around this area. Although the main roads within Monument Valley are mostly paved, there are still plenty of unpaved, rugged and sandy side roads. And I made the mistake of venturing into one of these back tracks. And some where along the way, I got stuck. The side road was too sandy for my car, and I found my Camry hopelessly spinning its wheels, simply just digging deeper and deeper into the sand dunes. It’s close to five in the evening – which, is perfect for capturing sunset moments; but not the best time to get stuck especially the area is closing soon. The valley gets quieter, and it’s getting darker.

Certainly it’s not the end of the world. I started to plan ahead for the worse case scenario – including the possibility of camping-out inside my car for the night; and hopefully able to flag someone down in the morning to summon a tow truck. Maybe God really wants me to spend the night here, practically in isolation and solitude with Him, in Monument Valley. I am saying to myself. I remembered the chapter of Life with God the night before, about Immanuel.

Since the sun hadn’t completely set yet, I decided to give it a shot and try to walk to the nearest marker (John Ford Point) and get help. I came to a horse-back riding ranch, and thank God – I met a few helpers here (actually right before they close up for business, and leave); and one of the native American lady (“TJ”) offered to take me back to the main entrance station for help. A young girl (“Laniah”, perhaps her daughter) also hopped onto her trunk, and we drove back to the main gate.

Monument Valley resides within the Navajo tribal area – it’s not exactly like I can just call 9-1-1 or AAA. Worst yet, all the “official rangers” had just left the area. Fortunately, TJ bumped into another Indian young man (Colin) and summoned him for help, and the four of us drove back to the “site”.

We didn’t have any chains or tools – all that we got is a shovel, and help from three strangers whom I have never met in my life – with hearts of gold desperately trying to help me out. Colin, myself, and even the little girl Laniah – we were all on our knees, backs, crawled under the car and tried to shovel (with that one shovel, and with our bare hands) sand away from the wheels and beneath the car. TJ was digging up wild yucca bushes around – so they can be placed underneath the wheels and used as “mats” to provide traction. “God created everything, and everything with it’s unique purpose and at the perfect time” – I reminded myself. I felt like these guys are MacGyver’s.

The first attempt – we were able to move the car a few feet back; but then it got stuck again. It had been almost an hour of sweat. We were tired, and a little frustrated. But young Laniah remained upbeat, joyous and energetic. “Let’s keep trying!” The beauty of being eighteen.

I remembered we cranked up the car stereo and I was playing the song “Soul Serenade II” from the [Chimes]. They were singing:

Jesus (You gave me joy)
Jesus (You gave me hope)
Jesus (You gave me strength)
Jesus (You gave me life)

Jesus (You set me free)
Jesus (Now I can see)
Jesus (You have the key)
Jesus (Eternity)

We then tried a second time – but again after moving the car a few feet, but then stalled. The four of us got sand all over us, and tired. But my three new friends were committed in helping me out till the very end. They had every right and reason to just leave and ask me to go get “professional” help the next morning. I prayed to God, “Please – we are so close. God I know you answer our prayers.”

Out of nowhere, two truck drivers came along. They are native Americans too; and I was so glad I was with TJ and company. TJ and Colin got them to come around and help. With the six of us; we managed to push the car backwards out of the sand dunes; and finally “rescued” it.

I witnessed God’s love throughout this “unexpected event”. His Love for me, and also the love He created in all us – our hearts to help each other, unconditionally, without pretense. I was reminded of the parable of the good Samaritan. I do not know whether my Indian friends are of Christian faith; but I know He created us and gave each of us the heart to love. I thanked them graciously, and also thank Him for sending me angels – at the right place, and at the perfect time when I needed help most.

At the end I wasn’t able to take any sunset photos, but what I experienced was far more sweeter, heartfelt joyful and rewarding. My “plan” didn’t work out, but I experienced something better. The evening before 10/17.

Along US 163, I found this.
Day 2

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17 Oct

day 1 – monticello

A relatively uneventful first day. First time experiencing “unassigned seating” on my Southwest flight, en route to Salt Lake City (I didn’t get the chance to meet the rapping flight attendant, unfortunately). I took the Camry as my rental car – in hindsight, I should have asked for a Jeep or mini-4×4 (see my later posts).

Driving across the arid and remote southwest landscape is certainly a unique and refreshing experience – but can also be a bit frightening, especially after dark. You see miles and miles of nothing-ness, except occasionally spotting patches of yucca and juniper along the highway. You are driving highways and byways cutting through valleys and canyons, while enclosed by complete darkness and stillness. It’s not my first time driving across these southwestern states, but such “hollow” and secluded feelings can be unbearable after hours and hours of driving; and you realize you have wandered into areas with neither cellular signals, nor radio stations reception. But somehow, paradoxically, I found myself drawn to such feelings of solitude and be lost in such desolate landscapes.

My 300-mile drive to Monticello included a stop at Moab, the mountain-bikers’ haven which I fell in love with, when I first visited the area close to ten years ago. I tried to find that one Chinese restaurant which I magically discovered and went last time – but couldn’t find it at the end. Instead of trying another all-you-can-eat Chinese-and-American joint, I decided to visit a tiny Thai restaurant called Singha. The decor looks authentic enough, though food was rather average (and a bit over-priced, even taken into consideration this is a touristy town). I ordered a dish with basil, which I remember she loves.

Spent the night at Monticello, started reading a book recommended by a number of dear friends: “Life with God”, by Richard Foster. A deeply insightful resource that talks about spiritual transformation for Christians. The first chapters reminded me of Immanuel, God is with me.

I was accompanied by music most of the day, including 陳奕迅 <上五樓的快活>, Swing <武當>, 方大同 <Timeless 可啦思刻> and 梁靜茹 <靜茹&情歌 – 別再為他流淚>.

There are moments in life where all you need…is music.

Nothing Ever Happened 陳奕迅
作曲: 林暐哲   作詞: 林嘉欣

Hey, you once called me your baby
Say it for the last time
With all your strength and meaning it this time

Hey, you once promised me the world
But I never asked for it
But I never asked for it

Hey, you once praised me beautiful
Why I’d get get weaker
Why would I get weaker

Oh please, please don’t,
I am so scared, scared you’re too perfect for me
Or am I too naive for you

Either way it’s too late
Too late for regrets, I’m hurrrrrrt
Leave me out of love
Leave love out, leave me out

Hey, let’s just pretend
Nothing ever happened
Nothing ever happened

Hey, let’s just pretend
Nothing ever happened
Nothing nothing never ever happened

Day 1

02 Oct

松下 Lumix DMC-FZ35

十月打算去 Monument Valley 一遊

多年前買下了一部 Point-and-Shoot
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9
用作一般性拍攝 效果不錯
不過要拍遠景 做到較好的效果
相機就不得不快快”升呢”了

仍未想花太多錢買一部好的數碼單反相機
發現市場上 原來是有這麼一檔 介乎於
主流全自動 Point-and-Shoot 和 D-SLR 的產品

近日 略略比較過幾部 進階版的輕便相機
最後決定買下 這一部新推出的
Lumix DMC-FZ35
FZ35
喜歡它機身比一般 D-SLR 輕便
雖然不能轉換鏡頭
但以同級價錢
祇可能會買到一些 D-SLR 最基本的入門機種

看過大部份網友 對這部相機的評價都不錯
比較起前身的 FZ28 型號改變不大
依舊是質素優越的 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 鏡
罕有18倍光學變焦 進級到1200萬畫素
配備著全新的 Optical Image Stabilization 防手震系統
及支援 AVCDH 錄影格式

找來一些網上評測 供大家參考
Engadget
CNET Taiwan
數位影像坊

期待著 我的 FZ35

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