Photography tip: Flowers floating on clouds

I love photographing reflections — especially in pools of water, like puddles or ponds. Reflections always catch my eye and dazzle my mind.

While I was attending my friend’s wedding yesterday at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, I stooped down to shoot this photo of ruffled flowers floating in a glassy pool lined with glazed Spanish tiles almost a foot beneath the edge of a rough-brick patio. Lots of contrasting textures. As your eyes move down the photo and deeper into the ground, what you’re looking at becomes more ethereal. The flowers float on — then almost melt into — the cotton-candy clouds strewn across the stunning blue sky reflected in the pool.

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Inspiring do-it-yourself travel video

“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38,000 miles, 2 cameras, and almost a terabyte of footage … all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning, and food into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.”

I’ve watched this video four times since its producer posted it a week ago.  This 60-second video flipbook is my favorite of the three short films.  And it’s the only one that doesn’t include narration or even snippets of cameo-role conversations.  The storytelling and the cinematography stand out as vibrantly stunning yet stunningly simple.

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A photo journey through my first year living in San Francisco as an adult

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’ve composed a story nearly 8 million words long about my first year living in San Francisco as an adult!  No one — not even my parents — would read a diary that long.  But many of my friends and relatives have looked at all 7,900 photos that I’ve shot and uploaded to Flickr chronicling how I’ve been rediscovering my hometown and springboarding from here to daytrips and longer travels over the past 365 days.

Many of my photos feature food.  Why?  I admire creative culinary execution.  I seek inspiration for plating my home cooking.  And sometimes — just sometimes — my appetite proves to be so adventurous that people not only want to know what the concoction I ordered tasted like, but also what it looked like (and maybe how much of that stuff I dared to swallow).  Photographing my memorable meals serves another practical purpose: Continue reading

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