Sunday, September 30, 2012

time travel

I finally took out my film Olympus rangefinder, loaded it with B&W Kodak film, and took some shots at a local community event.  It definitely felt like taking a step back in time before technology took over.  The most fun part was not being able to see my results right away and waiting for the film to get developed to see whether my photos even turned out.  I was pleasantly surprised.

# Big band style #

# Ebony and ivory #

# Built Ford tough #

# Girl petting a giant horse #

Thursday, August 30, 2012

instant fun

After a long hiatus, I'm finally finding more to get me excited about photography again.  I have the cool gear, but after going on my last trip, it felt like everything here was just a little...uninteresting.  And I wasn't looking at my surroundings with a different perspective.  Last night, I was perusing the Apple app store, and came across "Instant".  I LOVE it.  It "takes" Polaroid-style photos (the app was developed by Polaroid) of your already existing digital photos.  It's easy to use, and has different pre-sets or allows you to adjust a few settings to recreate that old Polaroid feel.  A friend was taking pictures with a Fujifilm Instax camera at a party recently, and it reminded me of my dad's old Polaroid when I was growing up.  I've been toying with the idea of picking one up for fun ever since.  But in the meantime, I have Instant!  For only $5 for the app, I highly recommend it.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

beijing and shanghai: street fashion

# Showing off the shoes at the Summer Palace #

# A date on the Bund #

# iPhone break #

# Girls' day out #

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

glimpses of beijing and shanghai

# Ambidextrous water calligraphy at Beihai Park #

# I think these are entreaties written on wooden plaques and hung from a tree #

# Bicycles hidden along a hutong in Beijing #

# Street scene in Shanghai #

I recently came back from a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, which was an eye-opening experience.  It provided for a deeper insight into a culture that I have only understood from the outside.  Little things we value (and take for granted) in the Western culture go completely unnoticed--such as preserving personal space and what we consider common courtesy.  The underprivileged live in view of the upper class, though seemingly completely ignored.  I could not help but be startled by the huge disparity between the haves and have-nots that was so readily apparent, with skyscrapers sometimes overlooking a neighborhood of dilapidated shacks across the street.  Behind the veneer of rich historical sites, which truly are amazing (especially the Great Wall), is a society that is broken but possesses a great deal of perseverance.  I may not support the government but coming face to face with the people during my brief trip there, I understand a little better the wonder that is China. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

bokeh fun

# Spring flowers for a bridal shower #

# Breadsticks and water #

# Rows of macarons #

# Swirls of beads #

I'm disappointed in myself--I've already started to slack off on my commitment to taking pictures every week.  I recently helped throw a bridal shower, which gave me an opportunity to do a little catch up, but in the end I chose to post a few pictures that highlighted the fun of bokeh--that out of focus area which can give a picture character.  I sometimes wonder if it's a way of cheating, to make an otherwise uninteresting photo more compelling and mysterious.  Either way, it has its time and place, whether my pictures are technically good or not, I still like the effect.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

street music on a saturday morning

# Bach by the bay #

# Rockin' wheelchair #

# Ensemble (couldn't get the cone out of the way) #

This was my first trip to the Ferry Building for the Saturday morning Farmer's Market.  I realized I should come up here more often.  The produce seemed hidden among the various food stands, but it was still full of life with the myriad of treats (I bought myself an ice cream sandwich from Miette and it wasn't even lunchtime!) and the crowds there to enjoy a leisurely weekend morning.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

douceur de vivre (the sweetness of life)

# Madeleines wrapped in hearts #

# Vicariously experiencing the sweet life in Paris #

# Bistro-ware for when you're not at a bistro #

# Almond tea cakes #

# Cafe fare #

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

retail therapy

I love fashion, if you can't tell already.  Is it cheating if my models are mannequins?

 # Vintage lace - quite possibly the Downton Abbey effect #

# Spring is in the air #

 # Details #

# The LBD is so yesterday #

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

through the looking glass

Window shopping (and window peeping) before meeting a friend for dinner.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

if the shoe fits

Hanging out with friends this afternoon, I couldn't help but notice their fine taste in footwear.

# Fun, flirty, and flowery pumps #

# Essential retro sneakers #

# Sophisticated yet understated loafers #

"...'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'" {Romans 10:15, NIV}

Saturday, January 21, 2012

pockets of sunshine

I don't live in a chic city like New York or some other exotic place in Europe.  I live in suburbia.  Strip malls (and shopping malls) abound, and it is challenging to find something interesting to capture.  There are, however, little pockets of quaintness, which can allow me for a second to imagine that I am living somewhere with character and personality.

"I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it." {Charles M. Schulz}

Saturday, January 14, 2012

the first birthday

# Birthday boy clutching to his balloon #

# Birthday cake for a guest #

# Digging in #

# Taking mommy for a walk #

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  {James 1:17}

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

(not so) terrible twos

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear."  {Henry David Thoreau}

#1 Orange juice for two / #2 Wooden stools / #3 Twin bicycles outside a museum

Saturday, January 7, 2012

a day in the city

I don't often go into the city, but a few good friends and I took a trip for the day to celebrate a birthday.  The weather was sunny and mild, strange for this time of the year, but perfect for the occasion.  We spent our time eating and lingering and observing the sights and sounds.  We even rode the carousel.  I took these photos in black and white because I wanted to capture some of the moments as timeless.  I was reminded today of how time passes by so quickly, but it stressed that I should do something with this time I have and make the most of it.


#1 Soaking in the sun in the city / #2 A carousel ride / #3 Street view on a Saturday afternoon / #4 On the go