Chinatown, where it all goes down

Author's note 1: I'm fiddling with the time and dates of posts to make things seem in sequence. And this post is very graphics heavy.

I think I may have used up all my luck for the rest of the year. We arrived and found that the hotel is right on the edge of Chinatown. So there are loads of wonderful shops and stalls to look at, just around the corner. And then we got to see the Chinese New Year parade. And I had my new camera to play with....

Wonderful.

Author's note 2: Most of my pictures also feature some part of Jon Purdy, perhaps a bit of a shiny head or patch of tasteful shirt. See if you can spot him in these shots. There are even more on Flickr for you to refine your Purdy spotting skills.

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Calibration shot for "Where's Purdy" competition. I didn't ask him to smile, which is probably just as well...

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On the way to the hotel (that is not Jon in the foreground)

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Hotel Lobby roof

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Down California Road

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Chinatown

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My kinda store. I'm taking orders......

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Balcony

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Nice brickwork

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Soul Men Sounding Good

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"Win one for me daddy..."

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More stalls

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All set for the Crazy Taxi racing

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Just make sure you use it for the forces of good...

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Open Wide

For some time I've been after a wide angle view for my photographs. I found a shop which had a whole bunch of these. Having negotiated a really good price (no - really) I bought this thing to whack on the front of the camera which gives it an almost-fisheye effect (hence the round edges). This was the test shot in the shop. You might see this used to some effect in later snaps.

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If you are going to make a bronze statue, why would  you make it doing that?

More later.