Behind Every Single Window

Copenhagen Courtyard
2s, f/4.0, ISO 800, 24mm

Yesterday I got the chance to check out a rooftop in the Nyboder neighborhood in central Copenhagen.  What a treat.  I'm always excited at the chance of getting to the top of buildings--especially in the center of a city.  The views usually reveal something interesting that you won't experience from just walking the streets.   This time I got to see a multicolored, magnificently-lit courtyard.  A sort of behind-the-scenes-look.  And it got me thinking of Dan Turèll's old poem "Behind Every Single Window" (”Bag hvert eneste vindue").  Here's an excerpt:

"…You walk down through a long street
which you know or maybe don't know
in your own city or an unknown one
and you raise your eyes and look at those thousands
of shining lit-up windows
and you know that behind every single window people live
and that simple thought everytime is so new and strange"
behind every single window people live
people with real live problems
as concrete as a fist in the kisser
behind every single window men and women are breathing
easy or with trouble
each in his own rhythm..."

Dan Turèll, (1979) 

Thoughts on Cats and Life

Cat on the Stairs (Explored)
1/4000 secs, f/1.2, ISO 400, 50mm

When I saw this guy in Hong Kong last week, I was reminded of Piet Hein's grook:
Little cat, little cat,
walking so alone;
tell me whose cat are you
– I’m damned well my own
Hong Kong is full of cats. Unfazed by the crowds, they stroll around in the hustle and bustle of this mega city's busy streets. Somehow they find a way to go about their feline business in their usual carefree way--eating, napping, pondering life and the other important things cats do. No matter they are in the middle of one of the world's financial centers, they live like most other cats.  City cats, country cats, it's all the same.  Their two-legged neighbors could probably take some lessons from this way of life.

2011 Highlights

Halong Bay (下龍灣)
1/80s, f/13.0, ISO 400, 27mm (HDR)

It's a little late for a year-in-review post, I know.  But blogger threw away my draft a few weeks ago and since adding multiple flickr shots to blogger posts is a real pain, I kept pushing it off (maybe it's time for a better a CMS in 2012).  You can view a fullscreen slideshow here (opens in a new window) or see the collection below the fold.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Ducks (橡皮小鴨)
1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 640, 150mm

Gage Street, Hong Kong (结志街) Take II (Explored)
1/1250s, f/1.2, ISO 100, 50mm

Late Night Dinner (explored)
1/500s, f/1.2, ISO 1600, 50mm

Broken Rose
1/800s, f/1.2, ISO 1600, 50mm

Steve Martin at the Highline Ballroom (史提夫·馬丁)
1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 4000, 148mm

Bike on Bleecker
1/2000s, f/1.4, ISO 100, 85mm

Giant Puppet Performance in Sheung Wan
1/1250s, f/1.2, ISO 100, 50mm

Cellist in the Park
1/400s, f/1.2, ISO 1600, 85mm

Above Union Square (联合广场)
1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 3200, 115mm

1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 1600, 50mm

Josh Ritter at Terminal 5
1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 5000, 70mm

Long Biên Railway Station
1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 1600, 24mm (HDR)

On the B
1/250s, f/1.7, ISO 1600, 20mm

Hyde Park Drive-In Theater
1/640s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 24mm

Sunset on Halong Bay
1/320s, f/14.0, ISO 400, 24mm (HDR)

If you want to view my entire collection of photos from 2011 in all their fullscreen glory (and don't know what to do with your time), here's a slideshow.