Simplicity Makes the Image

Photography is, ultimately, about simplification. Simplicity is always a virtue in this art. These were the thoughts, during my recent trip to Washington’s coast, that came to my mind when I saw the sky was whiten out and sea stacks and people on the beach were partially diffused in fog and mist. Simplicity makes the following images. _MG_7604 copy _MG_7660 copy _MG_7704 copy _MG_7717 copy

Tulip Fields in Fraser Valley

Note: This one was also created in April but also forgotten until today. 

These fields are located about 130km from downtown Vancouver. They have become a tourist destination each spring when the tulip flowers are in full bloom. The fields are much smaller than the Skagit Valley tulip fields in the US, but they have a better backdrop, a 2100-meter high snow peak, as far as photography is concerned.

El Calafate, Argentina

Note: I forgot I had this draft photo post in my blog that I left unpublished last April. 

A small town that has boomed with tourists flooding to Argentine Patagonia and is the only gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate has its own little charm.

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Ice-water Skiing, or What Should I Call It?

You may have seen people skiing on snow and on water, but how about skiing on snow and then on ice water. This is something I saw, for the first time ever, last Friday afternoon when I drove up near a half-frozen half-melt tarn up Mount Baker on my way to Artist Point for a shoot of the coming super moon. The guys looked like having super fun!

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Artist Point Snowshoeing

Artist Point Snowshoeing

Artist Point Snowshoeing

Artist Point Snowshoeing

Artist Point Snowshoeing

Artist Point Snowshoeing

Ropes and Fishing Nets

A few photos taken primarily as composition exercise at the annual Ships to Shore event that took place in my neighborhood (Steveston, Richmond, BC) in the last few days.

Midnight Dandelions

Back home after a few weeks of travel abroad, I found my front lawn was almost totally occupied by dandelions. These fast growing wild plants are now blooming brightly. They even look quite pretty from a distance, so much so that I think I should take a few photos of them before I mow them down. Voila, here they are, the photos after some playful manipulation in Photoshop (which give them a midnight effect):

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Roadside “Wild Cars”

Yesterday (June 18) afternoon I came across these two junk cars near Shannon Falls on my way back from Whistler after a failed attempt to get close to Black Tusk via the Microwave Tower Road (which was closed by the Provincial Parks Service with a locked gate). As if to compensate for the waste of time earlier of the day, my friends and I spent almost half an hour walking around these two pieces of junk and taking many shots of them from different angles. The results are not bad.

 

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They also look good in black and white.

 

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Poppies in Bloom

Along a walk path near my home, wild poppies are blooming profusely. Under bright sun light, they look so pretty. These photos were taken yesterday and today.

 

Guangzhou in Blue Hours

I was travelling in China during the entire month of May and the first week of June. Most of the time I was in Guangzhou, my childhood hometown. The city has changed tremendously, way beyond I could remotely remember. For better or worse, depending on …… well, things I should not deal with in a photography blog. As a photography enthusiast, I walked a bit in the city center square with my camera and tripod during the blue hours of a couple of days, looking for the better sights of city lights. And I came back with this set of night photographs.

1. Canton Tower and Guangzhou Library

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2. Music Fountain at Flower City Square

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On Argentina Streets

For me, no travel photo blog is complete without some street shots of the places traveled.

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