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I LOVE taking photos in Hong Kong. I have taken many photos in mainland China and in Hong Kong and a few other Asian countries - HK has a special "flavour" of its own. The answers to your 3 questions are "many places" in each case :-) - but there are some specialist ones. You will find mixes of all sorts of things all over. The really and genuinely old is ...


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One of the simplest, cleanest and cheapest solutions that I've seen is a couple I met who were travelling around South America. They'd back up onto a second SD card as well. When a card was full, they'd simply put it in an envelope and mail it home. Very cheap and very easy, and pretty reliable. Send it registered mail if you don't trust it. Once their ...


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For general communist architecture I would start at Alexander Platz and walk down the 'Karl-Marx-Allee' all the way to 'Frankfurter Tor' in Friedrichshain. There is nothing super special there, but the street was used for the big parades and still has a bit of an 'East German' feeling to it. As for bunkers, there are still many around, some of them from the ...


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Always ask before taking a photo - unless they won't know if you take it. That's not supposed to sound creepy, but sometimes you're say, taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower and someone happens to be in the shot, so that's fine. NEVER pay money for a photo. It encourages begging, or harassment. Ask permission, and if they say no or want money for it, offer ...


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We went to Empire State Building during our Christmas season (2012) trip to NYC. I carried a small digital camera in addition to my phone which had a camera. My girlfriend carries a Nikon digital camera D50 with exchangeable lenses, and also a camera in her smartphone. Security checked the camera equipment without difficulty. I was completely unaware that ...


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Buy a gun. No really. You can buy a Starter Pistol (you know, the kind used to signal the beginning of a race) for under fifty bucks. According to TSA regulations, any case which contains a firearm is inspected at the time of check-in, and then locked and tracked in transit. This means that your bag will not be searched except under your direct supervision, ...


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At 1,016ft, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. If you're planning a trip to London after February 2013, the 360° viewing gallery on the 68th-72nd floors should be open. This panorama captures the northern half of the view at present, though it will change as some of the half dozen major skyscrapers under construction in the centre of the ...


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The word you are looking for is haikyo (廃墟, "ruin"), and Japan has plenty of them for pretty much every conceivable category of building... except temples and shrines. Unlike corporate enterprises that get abandoned as soon as they stop making money, temples and shrines were never intended as money-making enterprises in the first place, so their costs are ...


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St Paul's is a great start, the views are amazing. Primrose Hill while not a tall building does offer a free panoramic view of London from the north. If i recall correctly you can see the Gherkin, London eye and BT tower. Tower 42 has a champagne/wine bar on the 42nd floor and a restaurant on the 24th floor. You usually need to book for the bar, but ...


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Here are some places. Hong Kong is sometimes tricky to shoot because things are in most cases too close up for the size they have. It's not easy shooting 40-floor high buildings when you are standing in front of them. I find my 15mm fish-eye very helpful at times. Mong Kok: VERY dense place, lots of small shops Causeway bay, specially around Sogo and Times ...


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Regarding the eiffel tower: Image rights / the Eiffel Tower brand By day, the sun light and the eiffel tower are in public domain, you can take it in picture and publish / try to sell the pictures as you want. By night, the eiffel tower artistic lighting is under copyright if it's the main subject of the picture. I think if it's for your little blog ...


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In addition to Empire State building which is currently the highest vantage point there is also Top of the Rock which from people who have compared the two offers better views then Empire State Building. Top of the Rock is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Centre (the upper decks 260 m above the street ...


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If you do not have a tripod, bipod, monopod, or any other bulky equipment which will create an impediment or disturbance to the other guests, you should be allowed in. I've been up literally hundreds of times, and though I can't speak for them, I've a good feeling as to what they allow and prohibit.


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My favourite communist architecture in Berlin is definitely the Frankfurter Tor and the rest of the "Stalinallee ensemble". Frankfurter Tor: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Building on Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: My own photo I'm not sure if this is exactly what you ...


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One option is the Tate Modern. On the 5th floor is a small coffee shop or cafe, publicly accessible and free to gain access. It has a great view looking north over the Thames towards St Paul's and Central London. Another option that costs is the London Eye. It takes 30 minutes to complete a revolution, and I recommend it both during the day and at night ...


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There are a few places that claim to have the biggest or heaviest balls of yarn, but none of them are in VA: Darwin, Minnesota is the home of a ball by Francis A. Johnson. It is 4 meters (12 ft) in diameter and weighs 4,900 kg (10,400 lbs) Cawker City, Kansas. As of 2006, the twine ball has reached nearly 9 tons! This is now the world's largest and ...


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While taking it as carry-on is really the only way to guarantee safe travels as you said, sometimes it's not possible. If you 100% cannot take it as carry-on I would suggest investing in a case made specifically for cameras. Something like these ZERO Halliburton aluminum camera cases should help protect it against rough handling.


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One amazing Soviet structure is the World War II memorial in Treptower Park, in the southeast of Berlin. (There are several Soviet war memorials commemorating WW2; another is in the Tiergarten. I haven't seen that one so have no idea what's it's like, but the Treptower one seems to be more well-known / renowned, in my experience.) Many people seem to like ...


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Alexandra palace has some nice views: Centrepoint tower which has a club/restaraunt at the top: Views from there:


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Japan, birthplace of the camera phone, is relatively photo-friendly if you are taking candid pictures for your personal use with your own camera (i.e. not for publication or resale and not using a tripod or professional equipment). Places where photography is expressly forbidden will be marked by signs. By and large, these are the same places where you can ...


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A place where you most definitely have Canon products is Anigota which is a Canon dealer for Croatia. You can find their store in Gundulićeva 26 in Split. The store is called "Kodak centar d.o.o." and it's near "Panasonic centar". According to their website, they're open Mondays - Fridays 08:00 - 20:00 and Saturdays 08:00 - 13:00.


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San Diego is located in a desert region, which means that unless it has rained recently (it is expected to rain from time to time from November through March), there will be flowers only in irrigated parks. If you have the opportunity to go look for flowers in January through March (or later if it rained a lot), then parks like the Mission Trails Regional ...


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Great answer by jpatokal. One more thing to add to the kaimyō topic is that Japanese temples are run by private people as a business under something you could call a "religion business license" which is 100% tax-free. These businesses however do not only operate religious services such as funerals but also a lot of other non-religious operations such as golf ...


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How often do cameras get stolen? Every. Single. Day. You should always guard your camera, and any other valuables, as if they were expensive, and could walk off at any time because, well, they are expensive, and could walk off at any time. Certainly the degree to which you guard your belongings can be very region-dependent, but will generally be a lot more ...


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This may be better suited for photography.SE Generally speaking your requirement of time lapse photography you will need a permit if you will be on city property and explanation of restrictions. When it comes to private buildings access to using the observation deck or the roof is regulated by the building owner. Normally places with accessible ...


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Use Bing Maps or Google maps to find the church ("Habo Church" got very close on Bing Maps), switch to photo view to confirm the building, and you can see the driveway along with a compass rose. (The Wikipedia page has a photo that shows you the colour of the roof and discusses the layout of the building itself.) Seems like the sun will be behind the ...


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Svenska kyrkan (the main Lutheran church of Sweden) says that the church is open Monday to Friday and Sundays between 10 and 16 this time of year. It also says that you can get in touch with Daniel Carlsson to get a guided tour. His phone numbers are 036-420 93 and 0701-74 30 45. (Google search tips when looking for church information: search for - in this ...


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The one that springs immediately to mind is the Empire State Building. The main observation deck is on the 86th floor, which has 360 degree views over the city. There's also a smaller and fully enclosed observation deck on the 102nd floor; apparently the view is better, but you're indoors. I think it misses something not being able to feel the wind and see ...


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Yes, the restaurant and bar are open to the public and there are plenty of camera-toting tourists around. Rather low-quality proof attached: But I'd recommend stopping for a meal or drink. It's not cheap by Indian standards (I vaguely recall paying well north of Rs500 for a curry and a Kingfisher), but it's probably worth it -- it's not every day that ...


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You mention 120 GB of data, and "long holidays" so I'll assume that's for something on the order of two months. The exact numbers aren't really important, but the magnitude is: that works out to roughly 2 GB data per day, on average. Obviously, you may shoot more some days and less during other days, but that's not particularly important either. Simply ...



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