My Hands Were Numb…

The Cage

The Cage

Tonight, like most nights, I stayed up really late. Actually, that’s a lie. I stayed up late and then some. Now it’s 5:54am and I still haven’t gone to sleep and don’t plan to anytime soon. What can I say? I’m a night owl… And a day owl. I just don’t want to sleep.

Anyways, I wanted to take some photos for my girlfriend since she’s away on her internship now so I rode my bike to the largest “square” in China. (At least I think it’s the largest in China, maybe Asia, I can’t remember…) It wasn’t so cold when I left my house but the ice cold PBR I brought along for the ride changed my body temperature fast… When I took this photo my hands were freezing and mostly numb. Luckily riding my bike back home got some circulation to my hands and I didn’t get frostbitten.

I really don’t have anything special to say about this photo other than I like it. I don’t know why I like it, I just do. I know that as a photographer I should be able to talk about why I like a photo but honestly I’m too tired and sleepy to even think about it, so I’ll just leave you with this: I thought the cage looked cool so I took the photo…

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s writing style and photograph. : )

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I Like Turtles

"Zombie"In my last update, I said I wanted to practice photographing subjects that are different that what I normally shoot and also use a different lens that I usually use. Well, this is what I came up with.

I went out to the morning market to buy some vegetables and decided to take my camera with me. I almost never use my 55-200 so that’s what was on the camera body. I took a few shots in the market and then some from above the market on a staircase and didn’t really come up with anything different than I normally shoot. I decided to go back home with my eggs and outside the door to my apartment there was a man and his baby. They were letting their turtle crawl around on the sidewalk so I shot a few images of it. This was the one I liked the most. Later, the man let me take a shot of his baby and then I chatted with them for awhile.

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.

 

Enter Here

"A family entering a market."

A family using a market as a passageway.

A few days ago, I went on a few mile long walk to make a big circle near my apartment. My goal was to practice photography; street photography of people in particular since that’s what I’m most interested in. Disappointingly I only got a few good shots, half of which aren’t even of people or considered street photography. My two favorite things to photograph is light painting and people, especially in a cultural setting. I think that’s what I’m best at but it seems like I’m in a rut and want to expand my ability beyond those two aspects of photography. So, I’m giving myself a mission to take pictures in a different way, use a different lens than I usually use, and find different subjects that I’m not used to. Hopefully the results will be good and I will become a better photographer.

I took the picture above on that walk. When I took it, I didn’t have black and white or square format in mind but I think it worked out best that way. I like the way the the building frames the family in the middle of the photo.