Many in Years

I wonder what he's looking at...

I wonder what he's looking at...

I took this photo from the bus while I was going downtown to meet a friend. I love the expression on the man’s face and also his pose sitting in his chair. The first shot I took of him, I put him on the right side looking out of the frame to make the viewer wonder what the man is looking at. The second and third shot were like this, the man on the left looking across and out of the frame, and I’m much more satisfied with this shot. I know it’s a rule to keep the subject from looking out of the frame but I’m a fan of breaking (photography) rules. Well, in this shot I think sticking to the rules worked out much better and anyways it’s pointless to break a rule just to break a rule if the shot doesn’t work out.

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From Concentrate

"Concentrating on Chinese Chess"I took this photo the same day I took the one from my last post, “Enter Here”. For this shot, I crouched down behind a wall that had about a two and a half foot space underneath for me to shoot through. I took several photos of the men playing chess and liked this one the best because of the different expressions. The gentleman on the left playing chess seems to be concentrating on his next move while the gentleman on the right seems to be thinking about how he can counter attack. The gentleman in the back right, well I just can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking about. And then there’s my favorite, the gentleman in the brown vest in the middle. He seems so happy and is smiling in all the pictures I took. I just love his expression.

On another note, I just joined a community of photographers wanting to better their craft. This community is part of the website, Craft & Vision. This website is has a collection of great e-books about photography, many of which are written by David DuChemin, who is an amazing photographer and author. His books have been extremely helpful in my quest to better my photographic ability. The new community consists of a blog, a monthly podcast with homework assignments and critique of members’ images, free e-books, and monthly giveaways. Make sure to click the names to check out Craft & Vision and also David’s website.

 

A New Beginning

I’ve tried this a few times before but never kept my blog up to date. Now, I’m going at it again because I’d like to become more serious about my photography and hopefully make some money in the future. If I want to make money I’m going to have to step it up a notch or two (or many more notches…) and get better at photography. I thought that starting a new blog and actually doing my best to keep it up to date with fresh photographs and stories would be a good start. As well as photographs, in the future I plan to share some insight on some photography gear and techniques. Hopefully you enjoy what I post and also benefit from it. Thanks for reading, and please comment if you like what you see!

"Jilin City, China"

Preparing spicy peppers.

This photo was taken when I traveled to my girlfriend’s hometown last week. The two ladies in this picture are sorting spicy peppers, which they will later string up and hang to dry. After the peppers dry they’re ready to use for cooking. A really tasty thing to make with these peppers is called spicy pepper oil. The peppers are ground up using a mortar and pestle and then put in oil and held over fire in a mettle spoon or pot. If you’re into spicy things spicy pepper oil is an amazing Northeastern Asian condiment!