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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. Iā€™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

A Duck Encounter

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Houseboats, Lake Union, 2012

Houseboats, Lake Union, 2012

It had been a really intense work week. When Friday rolled around, I was dead tired but since there was a temporary break in the rain and there were big, puffy, luminescent clouds blowing over the city, I grabbed the cameras and headed down to the lake. One of the compositions that I tried was to juxtapose the boxy, man-made lines of the houseboats against the randomness of the sky. So there I was, crouched on the shore with camera at the water line, contorting myself in order to (barely) make out the composition on the (non-articulating) camera screen. A bit of swirling in the water caused me to glance up and there in front of me, almost eye level to eye level, was this duck couple. They had been messing around in the scrub several yards away but apparently the intense, awkward, human activity was something that warranted checking out. I laughed so hard that I almost fell over.

Photog Notes
f/3.4, 1/250 second at ISO 80 on an infrared-converted Panasonic ZS6. In post processing, I applied some sharpening and a bit of selective dodging and burning. I then adjusted the red and blue channels to get the tones that I desired. A teeny bit of curves adjustment finished off the image. In good light, the point-and-shoot ZS6 performs quite well (as is the case here) but I’m rather rapidly growing into the notion that I need to be shooting with an SLR-sized sensor šŸ˜‰

 

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March 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Shanghai Street

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2011 was a pretty good photographic year for me. With the regular camera, I was able to capture some landscape and travel images that I am pretty pleased with. But looking back, one of the highlights is certainly how much street photography I was able to accomplish. It is not a genre that I usually pursue but one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to wander around, observing people as they lead their regular lives. These are several mobile phone images that I made during my wanderings in Shanghai. Please let me know what you think?

Photog Notes
These images were captured with a T-Mobile G2 (aka the HTC Desire Z), using an application called Retro Camera. I really like the various styles of output that the app is able to produce, but this comes at the expense of shutter lag – it takes 1 to 2 seconds to focus and capture the image. Not particularly good for candid street shots but one eventually learns to prepare and anticipate. šŸ˜‰

 

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February 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

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