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The Substance of Things Hoped For, the Evidence of Things Not Seen, Part 1

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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/200 second at f/4, ISO 200. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

1/800 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/320 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

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December 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Bangkok’s Chinatown

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chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

I made these images in Bangkok about a month ago. I’d been to Chinatown (also known as Yaowarat for the main arterial that runs through it) many times, but usually for dinner or a late night snack. After having seen a photowalk series by a local professional, I was inspired to make a daytime trip. It was the middle of the day and hot and humid as can be, but having found a willing accomplice (thank you, Yui!), we made the trip. These were some of the things that I saw.

All images made with a Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120 f/4.

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

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fish maw, bangkok, 2012

fish maw, bangkok, 2012

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chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

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pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

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lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

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December 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

The Turning of the Year

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Old Town, Shanghai

Old Town, Shanghai

Today (January 23rd, 2012), about 1/5th of the population on this globe celebrates the Chinese or Lunar New Year. There will be family reunions and feasting, fond reminiscing of good times, and hopeful planning and eager anticipation of even better times. If you are celebrating this auspicious occasion today, I wish you a Very Happy New Year. May the year of the dragon bring you health, happiness and good fortune. 新年快乐! 龙年行大运, 恭喜发财!

Photog Notes
1/750 second, f/8, ISO 200 on a Nikon D300 + 18-200 mm Nikkor at 200 mm. I made this image on a gorgeous spring afternoon in old Shanghai last year. These decorations were on the vertical display of a streetside vendor. The symbolic shapes, bright colors and characters of good tidings are popular year round, and especially proudly displayed during the weeks surrounding the turning of the year. In making this image, I chose to isolate the bright red-and-gold fish with an especially short depth of field (f/8 which, not coincidentally, is the sharpest aperture on my 18-200).

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January 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Myeongdong Nights

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Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s busiest night spots. Regardless of time of year, when the sun drops below the horizon, the vendors fill the streets and the people come out to eat, shop and play. With these images, I have tried to show what it’s like in this popular area, where the hustle and bustle seems to go as far as the eye can see.

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May 22, 2011 at 12:03 am

Only In Seattle

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I was in the office, click-clacking on the keyboard. Outside, the wind was gusting, blowing the snow horizontally, sometimes even up and around. Then I hear a thud-thudding and a zip-zip-zippp. Outside my window, 2 ropes materialize. Followed shortly by this fellow.

Only In Seattle

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November 25, 2010 at 1:36 am

Facetime

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November 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

The Faces of Litang

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Litang is a rugged high-country town located in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Historically, it was part of the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. At 4,100 metres (13,450 feet) above sea level, it is >400 metres higher than Lhasa and one of the highest towns in the world.

These images are of the nomad family that my companions stayed with. We were all scheduled to stay in their tents but I got sick on the drive to Litang and ended up staying at a local guest house (I had it rough, I know).

Tibetan boy, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Tibetan girl, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 Tibetan father and child, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 

I made these images at the Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery on the northern end of town. The monastery was founded in 1520 and was home to the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas, both of whom were born in Litang. One of the temples is being rebuilt and the morning that we visited, the town youth were moving planks and scaffolding into the great hall.

Tibetan youth at Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Tibetan youth at Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

 

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October 31, 2010 at 12:20 am

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