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In the spring of 2010, I went to the cherry blossom festival in D.C. This is a post that I have gone back to and revamped with nicer pictures and finishing touches. It is strange to go back and see how far I have come in terms of technique, Photoshop/Lightroom manipulation and even the way that I approach my blog.    The National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. is a yearly celebration and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic, some kites or even just a blanket...

And now, for something completely different! (ten points to whoever gets that reference) Right before the Boy got me my 105mm lens, I bought myself a Lensbaby Control Freak in Hong Kong. Lensbabies are lenses with a creative spin. They are advertised as being fun and different from traditional lenses. Lensbabies allow you to cut the field of focus and to be able to take photos which can have very extreme and unusual blurry areas. If you are a freak about sharpness, lensbabies are not for you. Even the sharpest...

Taken by Jason Edwards for National Geographic: one of the photos on the scholarship homepage It's that time of year again for me to be crushed by rejection. I am talking about the scholarships that World Nomads holds every year. They have three main ones: a photography scholarship, a writing scholarship, and a documentary scholarship. Since I don't have any interest in making documentaries, I have submitted to the photography and the writing ones. Last year was my first attempt at both and I did not even make it to...

*Warning: A bit dry if you are not interested in lens shopping* This is the most professional lens I own. It was gifted to me as an early birthday present from the Boy. We were in Macau, staying at Galaxy Macau. Here is the post of the trip: Galaxy Macau, House of Dancing Water, and Ice World Venetian.That night as we were getting ready to go to sleep, I found a nicely wrapped present which contained an even more beautiful lens.When I was an intern with Elisa B Photography, I...

This is a continuation of the post I started here Dorje Drak and the Drive to Samye Monastery.Introduction   Samye Monastery is an extremely large complex and is shaped like the traditional Buddhist map of the world. The central temple represents Mount Meru and then it is surrounded by four major temples which represent the four cardinal continents. Those individual monasteries are accompanied by two subcontinents that each major continent has. Then there are two temples dedicated to the sun and the moon respectively. There are also four stupas. One...

It's been ages since I've written and that's because I've gone from India to Hong Kong and now to Lhasa. Life has been hectic to say the least...   I'm going to finish off the golden triangle that I started a couple of months ago!   After the unpleasant experience in Delhi, I headed to Agra with a driver called Sandy who proceeded to get more and more deranged as the two days went by.   The drive was pleasant until we got to the outskirts and, since it's during...

Here it is! The final part of my Tibet series. These are photos from right behind the Potala Palace in the Lukhang Park followed by photos from Yamdrok Lake. My favourite (yes, I know I'm spelling it the British way but this is what the kids use in Hong Kong so I have to go back to my childhood way of spelling) part was the doggie! He is a Tibetan mastiff with a red mane collar =)  LOVE this face...

Well, I didn't get the travel writing scholarship I was hoping for with World Nomads so now I'm back to photography! I figure I'll just keep oscillating between writing and photography and hopefully be able to meld them in the future... It is getting a bit easier to deal with being rejected but it's still not the most pleasant feeling in the world. But, I figure it's better to get back on the horse rather than give up.I do actually have a literal example of this: one time, when I was...

This post will concern a variety of topics, heads up! Fair warning: I will talk about lenses, music, and vulnerability.   First up are lenses: I want a macro. I want a macro lens SO badly. However, they are ridiculously expensive and so I must pine for now. I have my eye on the Nikon 105mm. Since I have a large interest in macro photography, I feel like I need to go for the best of the best rather than settle for an off-brand.   Nikon 105mm   The only...

So, I am currently broke BUT I have a new D7000 and it is totally worth the penny-pinching I'm going to have to do for awhile =)   I realize that it has been a long long time since I've posted but I thought that it'd be better to wait to post good news along with the bad and the mundane.   The last month has been pretty hectic. Teaching can be both extremely rewarding and mind-numbingly painful  all at the same time. Whoever thinks that teaching is an easy...