Moody Nature Shots

A collection of “dark” flower shots.

­čôĚ┬áCanon EOS 60D

All photos were taken in direct sunlight around noon. I love the dark bokeh background effect in photos, but I never take these shots intentionally because getting the right lighting and angle is difficult without flash. And I don’t use flash.

So these are basically accidental shots that turned out quite pleasing to me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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Will You Remember Me in the End?

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Flower Lives

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Reaching for the Light

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Drops in Time

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Road Trip Photos II

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I’m heading out on another road trip in a few days! In the meantime, I’m uploading some old road trip photos that I’ve taken throughout the years.

All photos were shot from inside a moving vehicle, usually with the windows still up.

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­čôŹRed Rock Canyon,┬áNevada
­čôĚ┬áCanon EOS 60D

Noticed this stunning reflection out the driver’s sideview mirror. The blues in the mountains and the sky really stood out against the dried grass along the road. Used my zoom lens to awkwardly take a photo over the driver’s shoulder. Worth it.

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­čôŹNacogdoches, TX
­čôĚ┬áiPhone 5s

Accidentally took a wrong turn while on the way to Lake Nacogdoches. Ended up driving through this beautiful little forest for half an hour before we realized we needed to turn back. Needless to say, we had no regrets. I snapped this photo with my phone through the windshield because my camera was in the trunk.

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­čôŹSomewhere between Houston and Boston
­čôĚ┬áiPhone 5s

Smooth reflections.

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­čôŹArizona
­čôĚ┬áCanon EOS 60D

Long Road-trips ­čĺÖ

­čôŹCalifornia & Nevada
­čôĚ Canon EOS 60D

Photos taken from inside a rental car during a recent road trip. Despite the fact that our car was going around 80 mph and the windows were covered with rain residue, my camera was able to save a few shots.

I absolutely love road-trips. Watching the scenery change gradually (or abruptly) is both relaxing and awe-inspiring. During the evening or early morning, you can witness the sky take on so many different shades of pinks and blues. I love knowing that there is nothing I can do inside a car except sit back, blast some road-trip music, and admire the view. No email, no work, no stress.

Can’t wait to hit the road again.

Sea Lions | San Diego

­čôŹLa Jolla Beach, San Diego
­čôĚ Canon EOS 60D |┬áEF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Rumors say you can see sea lions up close at La Jolla Beach.

I am pleased to report that this is indeed true.

When I arrived at La Jolla early in the morning, the sea lions were sunbathing on rocks along the beach, and they weren’t camera-shy at all. You could easily get within arm’s reach and pose with┬áthem. Despite the signs warning against harassing the sea lions, many tourists could not resist touching the adorable creatures.

Here are some photos I took without tourists photobombing in the background:

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Oh! The Drama!

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The Professional Model

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Little Mermaid Reenactment

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BONUS: On the other side of the beach, I found a herd of seals! The waves kept washing them into the cove, and they would resolutely wiggle back onto the shore.

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Life Goals

All in all, it was an amazing day at the beach.

 

Vancouver Reflections: Day 1

Vancouver Reflections

People typically research a place they intend to visit before arrival. I do not. Perhaps I just enjoy the elements of surprise and anticipation. Or because I tend to set high expectations for destinations that I have heard great things about and become disappointed if anything is less than perfect.

This time, I wanted everything to feel fresh when I first landed in Vancouver. As such, I was entirely unprepared for the city and surrounding area to be as breathtaking as it ultimately turned out to be. Mountains, trees, clear waters, bold sunsets. Vancouver had it all.

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University of British Columbia

When I first stepped off the plane, the weather was a perfect 71 degrees Fahrenheit (or 22 degrees Celsius). My friend and I drove to UBC to see the gardens and take it slow on the first day. ┬áI can’t recall ever seeing┬áso many different types of flowers blooming at the same time. You could even see the mountains and ocean┬áin the distance.

UBC Rose Garden

After a 10 minute walk among giant fir trees, the scenery completely changed into a peaceful shelter with Japanese-style landscaping.

Among the Trees

UBC Botanical Gardens

Sanctuary

Later that evening, we walked along the English Bay Beach to witness a gorgeous sunset. (For more sunset photos, please see my earlier post.) It was certainly an amazing start to my Vancouver visit, and I was eager for more adventures to follow.

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Is that a tree on top of that building?

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Brilliant English Bay Sunset

Vancouver Sunsets

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I recently visited a friend in Vancouver, Canada, who was generous enough to take me on a photography tour around the city.┬áThe natural scenery and weather were so perfect that I think I’ve found my future home. Here is a short collection of some of the┬ábeautiful sunsets that I was lucky enough to witness during my visit. I will post additional photos of other wonderful┬ásites in the upcoming week.

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