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No more feeling guilty

March 28, 2011

Soon after I bought my first DSLR (about 9 years ago) and then especially after I bought my first L lens (about 5 years ago), I found that I was much more inspired to take pictures when I had my “nice” camera with me as opposed to my dinky point and shoot.  I feel guilty saying that because I feel like I should have fun taking pictures no matter what, but the truth is that sometimes, half what inspires me is how I can put my own twist on what I see in the world through the camera I use.  And I have much more control over that filter when I use my SLR than when I use a point and shoot.  My point and shoot was a Canon Power Shot – on which I could actually manually control the shutter and aperture, but still – the effects just weren’t as impressive.

All of that being said…I can’t always have my SLR with me.  Space and time don’t always permit.  Sometimes (many times) all I have is my iPhone.  Back to the guilt.  I often feel so guilt only taking pictures on my phone.  Granted, it has it’s advantages, since it is easy and quick to make videos on the phone (and they auto-focus as opposed to my SLR), but still, I tend to feel guilty.

Recently, on my “girls” trip with my college friends, we went to Sedona.  I brought my camera with me, but when we went out for food, I only had my phone, and I came across this scene:

Unfortunately it is very noisy, but it is otherwise not half bad!  So I decided: NO MORE FEELING GUILTY about taking pictures on my iPhone.  It’s better than nothing, right?  Sometimes you really want to just capture the shot – no matter what you have on you.  And in those cases, something is better than nothing!


Already behind…

March 27, 2011

Since I started this blog, I have been trying to do a post a day…sometimes I do several at a time and schedule them because I know I’m not going to have a chance…but at least something small.  So, friday night I read about wordpress’ initiative to do “A post a day” or “A post a week.”  So of course, I ambitiously sign up for the Post a Day.  And what happens?  I am working this weekend, I get SUPER swamped, and end up not writing a post on my first day! Ack!

Well, here I go trying to make up for it. We will see how it goes – I may have to move over to the Post a Week…but I’ll try =)

This is a picture I stumbled upon from our trip to the Grand Canyon a few year’s back.

Wish I could be there right now…



What’s your angle?

March 25, 2011

Lens distortion can be a good thing.

We bought the Canon 5D Mark II shortly after our daughter was born (we were just waiting for a good excuse =).  Once we recovered from that financial blow, we saved up for an amazing piece of glass: the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM.  Combine that with our new full sensor camera, and you get a WHOLE lot of distortion (see above).

The fun thing I discovered however, is that this does not have to be a bad thing!  Distortion can be exciting and open doors to a whole new type of creativity.

So put one on and have some fun experimenting!

Unadulterated fun

March 24, 2011

I love this picture because it reminds me that once upon a time, I used to like to sing in the rain. or play in the rain.  Instead of running indoors with my hands over my head thinking “I hope I dont get too wet!”

This is what I call: Unadulterated Fun.  Kids just having fun being kids, and doing the things that we forget to find joy in.

I took this picture in Chicago’s Millennium park from very far away using my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS L lens (perhaps my favorite lens).  It actually was much lighter the way I took it, and the water seemed to wash out the picture.  But I increased the blacks significantly as well as the clarity – and it made for a much more interesting picture!

Japanese Toriis

March 23, 2011

While in Japan, we went to the temple of the Thousand Toriis

It was breath taking…in more ways than one.  Both in its beauty, and in that you had to climb hundreds of steps to walk through the whole thing.  There I was, in my skirt and tennis shoes, panting embarrassingly loud, while all these Japanese girls in skinny jeans and STALETTO heels raced right by me without a problem.  Yeesh.  That made me feel great. =)

More from Japan

March 22, 2011

Just thought I would share a few more of my memories from our Japan trip.


March 21, 2011

Thinking about Japan these days.

L and I went there a couple of years ago for a short one week vacation (it was all he could get off at one time during residency), and we completely fell in love…not just with the country, but also with the people…and the food =)  Not only is everything beautiful with rich history and culture, but the people are so kind, generous and socially responsible.  We couldn’t get over the fact that everyone we saw/met took utmost pride in doing their job to the best of their ability – whether it was the trash collector or the waiter.  We could learn a lot of from them.

Just thinking about all of those memories these days in the wake of the tsunami.  Wondering what the best way is for us to lend a hand.


These pictures are of mature and young bamboo shoots.  Some of my favorites.

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