Discover H.K. With bitplay

It was a trend traveling to Hong Kong when I was younger. The Hong Kong Tourism Board had created a series of popular advertisement, showing how people could have fun by visiting this modern, yet traditional city : a shopping paradise, the heaven for gourmets and a city with endless nightlife. After saving my salary for a few months, I went to Hong Kong with my girlfriends for a long weekend. Although my budget was limited, my memories and experience in this city were unlimited. I enjoyed the trip very much.

After staying together with my other half, Hong Kong has become one of the cities that we visit very often. He used to practice Kung Fu or Lion Dance with his Kung Fu masters, while I carried our little daughter with me and help him as a translator in order to communicate with the Kung Fu masters. Now, our daughter is almost taller than me, and I have learned a good technique about how to “speak” Kung Fu; Hong Kong is still one of our favorite cities.

During our trip to Hong Kong this time, I was lucky to enjoy the atmosphere of Chinese New Year a bit. Since I move to Germany, I have not been to any Asian cities for 11 years to celebrate this special holiday. Therefore, I was touched by staying in Hong Kong and felt the festive vibes.

我們這一輩(等等,一開頭就顯老),再來一次。以前(哈,好像也沒有比較青春的感覺),不管了先這樣吧。以前我們這一輩的女生(等一下,這不是更糟糕嗎?)第一次自己跟朋友出國玩,目的地大多以香港為主。那時候香港的旅遊廣告做得很令人心動,和女朋友逛街購物、吃美食,幾個女生開心的大笑容很吸引人。剛出社會第一年,存了點薪水和朋友到香港過長週末;錢省得緊不敢奢侈,就是茶餐廳吃個飽、跟著當地朋友到飲茶樓喝茶,不過我永遠忘不了空氣中揉著酸汗、機油以及海水的氣味,彷彿鄭伊健就在小路盡頭等著送我回家。

與另一半認識後,香港竟然也成了我們除了台灣以外最常降落的亞洲城市。他在天台上與功夫師傅練功練拳、練舞獅,我就背著女兒在一旁翻譯解釋;如今一晃眼十多年過去,女兒都與我一般高,而我也練得一嘴好功夫。香港依舊是我們一家人最喜歡的城市之一。

這次出發香港,剛好遇上女兒學校的假期,才讓我有機會在定居慕尼黑十多年後首次在亞洲過年(寫文章時細細一算,是十一年沒有在亞洲過年了)。內心裡其實沒有誇張的激動,但是回到這座有著深刻回憶與情感的城市,再回首,許多故事與細節竄回眼前,內心裡是有著許多暖暖的感動,對那些年少的歲月青春。

Remark:Premium HD Wide Angle Lens / 圖說:HD廣角鏡頭

I brought the bitplay lenses and its accessories with me to Hong Kong for photo shooting. Although it was not my first smartphone photography challenge, it was a new attempt to shoot an extra video with my iPhone to record my journey. The advantage of smartphone photography is handy and easy. Since you carry your phone with you every day and everywhere, what is more convenient than taking photos with your smartphone? Bitplay is founded in Taiwan, and the team has created and developed a set of iPhone photography lenses and accessories to boost the possibility and creativity of smartphone photo shooting. Once I got to know bitplay, it has led me to another level of photography. The two lenses I mostly use are the “Circular Polarizer Filter” and the “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens”. I use them under different occasions to get pictures in the highest quality.

這次到香港延續著以手機(iPhone)拍照的任務,帶上bitplay攝影鏡頭組與配件;除了全程以手機拍攝照片外,更挑戰拍攝完整概念的影片。以手機拍照最大的好處就是便利性,不過也因為受限於手機的既有設計,在拍攝上少了些精彩的可能性。因此,台灣設計團隊bitplay才開發出類似專業相機可替換鏡頭的概念,以手機殼(或是夾具)搭配上不同的鏡頭與濾鏡來增加攝影的豐富性。在bitplay所有鏡頭中,我最常使用、用起來也最得心應手的就是「偏光濾鏡」與「HD廣角鏡頭」,兩顆鏡頭分別用於不同情境拍攝,來達到最滿意的成像效果。

Remark : Left image is taken with the added on Circular Polarizer Filter, Right image is taken with the Premium HD Wide Angle Lens
圖說:左圖(上圖一)以偏光濾鏡拍攝、右圖(上圖二)以HD廣角鏡頭拍攝
Circular Polarizer Filter

The added on “Circular Polarizer Filter” is my necessity that is always connected to my iPhone, so I don’t miss any photogenic opportunity. It keeps the same focal length as your original photo app offers. However, it adds a unique touch to the images you take, especially focusing on the light and colors. I especially like to use the “Portrait” function (from my iPhone) and the added on filter when taking food photos. You will see clearly that the filter presents excellent contrast and quality on the images.

Premium HD Wide Angle Lens

The “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens” has a focal length of 18mm; it fits all scenes such as landscape, cityscape, interior or architecture photos. The new edition of the Premium HD Wide Angle Lens is designed thoughtfully since it combines the filter and the object for a convenient usage. The two photos above are taken separately by the “Circular Polarizer Filter” (the left image or the first one) and the “Premium HD Wide Angle Lens” (the right image or the second one). You clearly see the difference between the two images. The view is captured in a shot.

In the following, I will show you some images that I took with my iPhone and the bitplay lenses together with its accessories. I think it proves that smartphones can surely take impressive photos. Moreover, I will never miss any opportunities for good pictures.

偏光濾鏡

一般情況下,不管是尋常生活或是旅行途中,這輕巧方便的偏光濾鏡總是套在我的手機上,一有機會拍照就不會錯過以手機拍攝發揮最好效能的機會。套上濾鏡後不會改變手機內建相機原本設定的焦段(28mm),卻可以讓影像的光源與色澤更加飽和;只要抓到構圖要領,就算不再加工修圖也可以得到精美的成像。幾乎適合所有情境的拍攝需求。我尤其喜歡以偏光濾鏡搭配夾具,開啟iPhone內建「人像」攝影功能(56mm)來拍攝食物,可以明顯拍出食物紮實飽滿的色澤、讓人垂涎欲滴。下次再有機會拍攝食物,別忘了試試看。

HD廣角鏡頭

這一顆HD廣角鏡頭的焦段落在18mm上,不過卻沒有一般廣角鏡頭在畫面四周變形的情況發生,非常適合在「拍攝大景」、「室內建築空間」、「都市街景」,或是「拍攝者與被拍攝物之間距離過短」的情況下使用。新一代HD廣角鏡頭有了設計上的改良,將濾鏡、保護罩與鏡頭以更好更便利的方式組成(嗯,沒錯,HD廣角鏡頭也可以加上偏光濾鏡),讓拍攝者在替換鏡頭與使用上更方便。在上方兩張照片裡:左圖(上圖一)是以iPhone加裝偏光濾鏡以28mm焦段所拍攝,右圖(上圖二)是以iPhone加裝HD廣角鏡頭以18mm焦段在同一地點、時段相同拍攝手法所拍下。可以明顯看出,加裝HD廣角鏡頭之後視野更加寬廣,香港山頂上的景色一覽無遺,而且幾乎無法察覺影像在四周變形的情況發生。

以下,分享這次在香港以iPhone搭配上述兩顆鏡頭所拍攝的影像。撇開超大尺寸大圖輸出不說,手機真的可以拍出好效果的照片;也因為攜帶便利反而增加了許多拍攝好影像的機會。

A survey from an online photo album shows that more and more people take pictures with their smartphones and then upload them immediately on the social media. Smartphone technology becomes important in our lives, but it also changes our behavior. It is handy to take photos with a smartphone. However, some people also wonder how to take better pictures with smartphones. In fact, it does not matter what kind of tool you use, take a look at what is in front of you and find out the fascinating point before pressing the shutter.

When things get more convenient, we should know how to make use of their advantages. Meanwhile, don’t forget to slow down to appreciate the world, not just through the lenses but your eyes.

由線上照片集與圖集(類似Flickr)的統計資料顯示,有越來越多的照片是以手機拍攝並且上傳到這些社群媒體的,這不僅代表手機的便利性已經全面地進入了我們的生活中,同時我們也習慣時刻地記錄下日常點滴並且即時上傳分享。許多人常依賴手機攝影的快速便捷,卻也苦惱無法隨心地用手機記錄雙眼所看到的美麗世界。按下快門前先靜下心看看想拍攝的物件或是景色,想一想在一開始的時候這個畫面最吸引自己的特質是什麼,然後再試著用手機把這個特質記錄下來。

當世界越來越便利,我們得懂得利用其中的優勢,同時也別忘了慢下步伐好好欣賞鏡頭以外的世界。

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Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.

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