The components of this image were taken in 1997 using a basic roll-film camera without automatic focusing, or a film-transport motor-drive or auto-light metering.
It was mounted on a heavy tripod.
The individual negatives have recently been scanned and joined by software.
It is displayed here at low resolution to enable it to fit onto Gwulo.
To view it, use the ‘Full Screen’ button, zoom in and then use the controls to move it horizontally to see the full length.
The original is a much higher resolution and could be printed on a roll of banner paper, 10 feet long X 12 inches wide.
The precursor of this image was originally made around 1995 by joining individual 3R size prints glued onto a cardboard backing. These were taken by just a hand-held sweep of a 35mm camera. This original panorama was reproduced in the ‘Wings Over Hong Kong’ book published in 1998.
Many more negatives/slides of different aircraft types and airlines arriving at Kai Tak are still waiting to be processed into panoramas’, 20 years or more after they were originally taken.
The viewpoint is now blocked by new hi-rise buildings, and by trees in public gardens created on the hilltop. When walking up there in 2014, after ascending the familiar very steep access road, restricted to authorised vehicles, I found the area I photographed from virtually unrecognisable.