Faces of people serve as my initial inspiration for taking up photography. I love capturing the unguarded moments during candid shots. When people pose for the camera, there are times where they are relaxed and show a very beautiful side of themselves.
I have upgraded this past year to a Canon 7d in large part because of the advanced auto-focus system. Some of the pictures that I have included in this gallery may lack in sharpness because I was unable to keep a tight focus for one reason or the other. Previously, I shot with a Canon 450d. It was a great first DSLR camera. But the frustration that grew from ruined shots led me to the decision to upgrade after four years with a basic entry level camera. The difference in performance is huge.
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.
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
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.