Goat Pasture--Yichang, China
Goat Pasture--Yichang, China

We decided to take the back road into the goat pasture. This became a local scenic spot because it was reported that a movie was filmed here. That trip is a story worth telling. But here is my colleague's daughter running on the hill.

Wei Wei at the Park
Wei Wei at the Park

Shot at 1/5 of a second with a focal length of 55mm, I caught this shot of Wei Wei as she posed for me at the riverside park near my home. 

  I am certainly not accustomed to taking selfies. With my DSLR on a tripod I shot this. I got a lot of nice feedback from friends who don't see me often enough.  Only later have I realized that I am squinting my left eye in a similar fashion as if I were holding the camera to my eye and shooting a picture in the usual way.

 I am certainly not accustomed to taking selfies. With my DSLR on a tripod I shot this. I got a lot of nice feedback from friends who don't see me often enough.

Only later have I realized that I am squinting my left eye in a similar fashion as if I were holding the camera to my eye and shooting a picture in the usual way.

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Sitting on the side of the road
Sitting on the side of the road

The car ride along winding mountain roads is a great place to catch some great shots. Approaching a bend in the road, I saw these three men smoking on a ledge. Through minor adjustments, I was able to change the exposure and create this silhouette.

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Wang Jing and a Pomelo
Wang Jing and a Pomelo

Wang Jing is a nurse who has since moved to Wuhan. We have seen each other sporadically for a few years but she eventually moved to Wuhan. Here we are spending new years in the countryside about an hour outside of Yichang. 

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Chiang Mai --2011
Chiang Mai --2011

Eating lunch in a restaurant in Chiang Mai, this woman asked if  wanted to buy a chain of jasmine buds. They are bought and offered to Buddhist shrines when you go to pray. I am not a Buddhist and so I had no interest in praying. But we made a deal, I would buy a couple if I could take her photo. She agreed. It cost me 20 baht.

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Miao Girl Kunming--2010
Miao Girl Kunming--2010

A little over a year I bought my first DSLR I traveled to Yunnan. On a back street near the main public square there was a street market. This girl was selling traditional styled jewelry. I bought a few items like earring and a couple bracelets that I would later give to a friend as a gift. She let me take her picture. Only later have I come to appreciate what makes this photo outstanding. 

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Foreign Exchange Clerk, Vientiane
Foreign Exchange Clerk, Vientiane

I sort of fell in love in Vientiane. On the day my travel buddies ventured off to see some tourist attractions a few kilometers outside of the city, I embarked on a walking tour by myself. Among my favorite shots was this one of the foreign exchange clerk. I gave her my email address, hoping that she would contact me. She never did.

Alice Yang with Green
Alice Yang with Green
Man on Boat, Laos
Man on Boat, Laos
Jason in Laos
Jason in Laos
Sarah in Yichang
Sarah in Yichang
Susie in Yichang
Susie in Yichang

I met her at a birthday party of a mutual friend. 

Ian by the Fire
Ian by the Fire

This picture was taken in near darkness with only the dim light of the potbelly stove to light Ian's face. I love the effect. To me, it almost doesn't look like a photo.

Waiting: October 2013, Yichang
Waiting: October 2013, Yichang

The train station is usually my starting point for my travels. Train stations are infinitely more interesting than airports for all sorts of reasons. So this is where are start playing with my camera and reacquaint with all of the buttons and get in photographer mode. 

Jan serving up papaya salad
Jan serving up papaya salad

Going light on the fish sauce does not mean going light on the love. I think Thai people enjoy green papaya the same way Chinese people love white radish.

Kindergarten December 2013
Kindergarten December 2013

Mothers and fathers joined their children at the kindergarten for a Christmas festival. 

Shuang Shuang
Shuang Shuang

Few people can rock the panda pom-poms on the shoelaces like Shuang Shuang. 

Kindergarten on Christmas--Yi Chang 2013
Kindergarten on Christmas--Yi Chang 2013

For me Christmas is not sacred. If I were adamant about taking time off of work for Christmas, I would be all alone then inviting my workmates to Christmas dinner would be a little awkward. Christmas is for children and  I am happy to don the red suit for them. 

Praying over an Umbrella
Praying over an Umbrella

Dang Yang-- Hubei Province-- China, January 2014

Beyond the main gate of the Yu Quan temple, the daughter of the family that runs the restaurants and incense shops sat with her umbrella while my group filed out of a restaurant after lunch.

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Praying over an umbrella
Praying over an umbrella

Dang Yang-- Hubei Province-- China, January 2014

This moment was so precious as she seems to make use of the umbrella stick to represent an incense stick. 

Tu Jia Singer, Che Xi, May 2011
Tu Jia Singer, Che Xi, May 2011
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 Singers Kunming--2010
Singers Kunming--2010

This was a strange scene at the time. I like the color of the wall behind them. The woman was also a singer. She was not just walking through the shot. Somehow, 

Happy Hometown Bar, Christmas Eve 2013
Happy Hometown Bar, Christmas Eve 2013

I arrived to a  small gathering of foreign teachers late on Christmas eve. The party was very low key and so I suggested that we all split a bottle of whiskey. Lindsey saw my bag will a red felt Santa costume. Half jokingly, she asked if by chance there was a Mrs. Claus outfit in the bag too. 

Goat Pasture--Yichang, China
Wei Wei at the Park
  I am certainly not accustomed to taking selfies. With my DSLR on a tripod I shot this. I got a lot of nice feedback from friends who don't see me often enough.  Only later have I realized that I am squinting my left eye in a similar fashion as if I were holding the camera to my eye and shooting a picture in the usual way.
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Sitting on the side of the road
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Wang Jing and a Pomelo
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Chiang Mai --2011
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Miao Girl Kunming--2010
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Foreign Exchange Clerk, Vientiane
Alice Yang with Green
Man on Boat, Laos
Jason in Laos
Sarah in Yichang
Susie in Yichang
Ian by the Fire
Waiting: October 2013, Yichang
Jan serving up papaya salad
Kindergarten December 2013
Shuang Shuang
Kindergarten on Christmas--Yi Chang 2013
Praying over an Umbrella
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Praying over an umbrella
Tu Jia Singer, Che Xi, May 2011
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 Singers Kunming--2010
Happy Hometown Bar, Christmas Eve 2013
Goat Pasture--Yichang, China

We decided to take the back road into the goat pasture. This became a local scenic spot because it was reported that a movie was filmed here. That trip is a story worth telling. But here is my colleague's daughter running on the hill.

Wei Wei at the Park

Shot at 1/5 of a second with a focal length of 55mm, I caught this shot of Wei Wei as she posed for me at the riverside park near my home. 

 I am certainly not accustomed to taking selfies. With my DSLR on a tripod I shot this. I got a lot of nice feedback from friends who don't see me often enough.

Only later have I realized that I am squinting my left eye in a similar fashion as if I were holding the camera to my eye and shooting a picture in the usual way.

Sitting on the side of the road

The car ride along winding mountain roads is a great place to catch some great shots. Approaching a bend in the road, I saw these three men smoking on a ledge. Through minor adjustments, I was able to change the exposure and create this silhouette.

Wang Jing and a Pomelo

Wang Jing is a nurse who has since moved to Wuhan. We have seen each other sporadically for a few years but she eventually moved to Wuhan. Here we are spending new years in the countryside about an hour outside of Yichang. 

Chiang Mai --2011

Eating lunch in a restaurant in Chiang Mai, this woman asked if  wanted to buy a chain of jasmine buds. They are bought and offered to Buddhist shrines when you go to pray. I am not a Buddhist and so I had no interest in praying. But we made a deal, I would buy a couple if I could take her photo. She agreed. It cost me 20 baht.

Miao Girl Kunming--2010

A little over a year I bought my first DSLR I traveled to Yunnan. On a back street near the main public square there was a street market. This girl was selling traditional styled jewelry. I bought a few items like earring and a couple bracelets that I would later give to a friend as a gift. She let me take her picture. Only later have I come to appreciate what makes this photo outstanding. 

Foreign Exchange Clerk, Vientiane

I sort of fell in love in Vientiane. On the day my travel buddies ventured off to see some tourist attractions a few kilometers outside of the city, I embarked on a walking tour by myself. Among my favorite shots was this one of the foreign exchange clerk. I gave her my email address, hoping that she would contact me. She never did.

Alice Yang with Green
Man on Boat, Laos
Jason in Laos
Sarah in Yichang
Susie in Yichang

I met her at a birthday party of a mutual friend. 

Ian by the Fire

This picture was taken in near darkness with only the dim light of the potbelly stove to light Ian's face. I love the effect. To me, it almost doesn't look like a photo.

Waiting: October 2013, Yichang

The train station is usually my starting point for my travels. Train stations are infinitely more interesting than airports for all sorts of reasons. So this is where are start playing with my camera and reacquaint with all of the buttons and get in photographer mode. 

Jan serving up papaya salad

Going light on the fish sauce does not mean going light on the love. I think Thai people enjoy green papaya the same way Chinese people love white radish.

Kindergarten December 2013

Mothers and fathers joined their children at the kindergarten for a Christmas festival. 

Shuang Shuang

Few people can rock the panda pom-poms on the shoelaces like Shuang Shuang. 

Kindergarten on Christmas--Yi Chang 2013

For me Christmas is not sacred. If I were adamant about taking time off of work for Christmas, I would be all alone then inviting my workmates to Christmas dinner would be a little awkward. Christmas is for children and  I am happy to don the red suit for them. 

Praying over an Umbrella

Dang Yang-- Hubei Province-- China, January 2014

Beyond the main gate of the Yu Quan temple, the daughter of the family that runs the restaurants and incense shops sat with her umbrella while my group filed out of a restaurant after lunch.

Praying over an umbrella

Dang Yang-- Hubei Province-- China, January 2014

This moment was so precious as she seems to make use of the umbrella stick to represent an incense stick. 

Tu Jia Singer, Che Xi, May 2011
Singers Kunming--2010

This was a strange scene at the time. I like the color of the wall behind them. The woman was also a singer. She was not just walking through the shot. Somehow, 

Happy Hometown Bar, Christmas Eve 2013

I arrived to a  small gathering of foreign teachers late on Christmas eve. The party was very low key and so I suggested that we all split a bottle of whiskey. Lindsey saw my bag will a red felt Santa costume. Half jokingly, she asked if by chance there was a Mrs. Claus outfit in the bag too. 

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