This is bound to be an exciting trip. Solo traveller in trio central/eastern European countries that with three languages and currencies for two weeks. Barely accessible Internet means a long prayer walk. Architectures and churches but perhaps way too many beers. Exploring new horizon in vintage places. Words cannot describe the excitement and the hidden anxiety. Oh well, I have been trying.


Brownie Vintage Cameras

Have just bought this vintage Brownie film cameras in a bundle. Always love old cameras that work well although I’m not sure whether I can buy film to fit them.

A Brownie Hawkeye flash model (top), Brownie Junior six-16 (bottom left) and a Brownie Target six-16

The Canadian kodak and/or French made trios have been discontinued for more than 50 years. But metal body, meniscus lens, rotary shutter, 120 roll (620) film mode, top and side viewfinders all are goodies.


Even though there may be no way to get proper film for them, it would still be a great home decor.

By the way, the Hawkeye square-shape one on top is a flash model.


#bakelite #boxcamera #art #decor #browniejunior #brownietarget #six16

Some of My Best Photos of 2015

Every year in about this time many photographers share their best photos of the year so as to review and conclude what they have done. I am just one of the thousands (or more).

A productive year that I have got new equipments for still photography and learned different skills from action camera for video.

“Photography has become a household word and household want; is used alike by art and science, by love, business, and justice; is found in the most sumptuous saloon, and in the dingiest attic.”
Lady Elisabeth Eastlake, 1857 “Photography”, London Quarterly Review

Before sharing mine, if you may have time, check my instagram and Flickr Flickr and please follow me.

Enjoy the visuals.


I started blogging for food in Chinese language when I was in Japan. This “steak on rice” one is one of the best beef I have had outside Alberta.


Another new skills is smart phone app enhancement – I have got an app that can add subtitle and make movie-like scene. The photo was taken in a JR train when I was going from Tokyo to Kyoto. With cold tone white balance, the photo creates an unexpected mood.


I pick this as my best portrait photo of the year. The lady was using a Nikon film camera for her flower photography. What a passionate photographer! I wish I will still have the passion for photos when I am in my 60s or beyond.


Meteor shower shot around Ghost Lake, Alberta. Not a super fancy one but what a great experience with another photo-friend.


Manhattan Beach is one of the places I have been wanting to visit. Under the beach’ bridge/pier is a amazing location for sunset photos, mainly because of its unique sillouette scenery and Pacific Coast’s seascape.


Alberta is a landscape province where  Photoshop skills in unneeded. Hiking to Johnston Canyon in late spring to have this memorable jaw-dropping picture.


Hiking has been one of the favorite outdoor activities other than soccer. You may visit many great places, like this one. Kifune Shrine in Kifune, Kyoto, Japan has been famous because of an animated cartoon Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki.


On my way to another hiking trip, this photo was done by my new lens – Sigma Art Series 18-35mm f/1.8L. It was a muddy morning but after this road I was able to see Mount Fuji from another peak.


The funny part is, by all means, the photographer in the picture and the guy who looked at the photo-guy. While all other photojournalists are on the other side, this guy appeared at the back of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his campaign in Calgary.


I am told this photo is the most favourable one. The girl who is a phubbing caught me.


Flowers, flowers and flowers. Red and yellow flowers, green leaves and trees, and blue and white sky make this photo perfect.


Macrophotography for flower hugely depends on natural lighting if you don’t want to do more editing. This vertical photo with absolute zero  editing is now my phone’s wallpaper.


Often, I don’t share my photojourno pictures outside my work platform. afterw, Syrian refugees issues have been globally galvanized into real action after a drowned boy photo is widely shared and distributed. The dad-son photo taken is one of the refugees settling down in Canada.


Rachel Notley flip pancakes first time during the week of Calgary Stampede as Premier of Alberta. She did a great job.

Never underestimate what a 6-year-old can do with a DSLR

It was a normal family day long weekend until I gave a DSLR to a six year-old to capture what she sees.

Apparently, Hazel, a grade one student, did some impressive photography artworks that her parents and I have never expected. It was an afternoon at home when she was making some crafts. Besides me, her dad, younger sister and grandparents were in the house, so were another two of her dad’s friends.

Equipment: Canon 7D; Canon EF Macro 100mm USM (lower ended model)
Pre-setting: 1/160, f/4.5, AWB, ISO-3200, central one-point focus

She wasn’t even able to hold a DSLR properly as what adults do. Rejecting a given iPhone, she insisted to have my camera taking pictures around her house. With some hesitation at first, I finally accepted her “multiple requests”.

No live-view but viewfinder, holding a relatively heavy equipment to her, plus having a running nose that day, she started her short but great indoor photo journey. And there you go.

hazel grandpaA sincere smile she captures for her grandpa. Considering that she held up in about 60-degree when the equipment that weighted about 1/10 of her, the UNEDITED picture’s field of depth is just perfect. Yes, when enlarging the image, you might see shaky and blurry and to-be-improved lighting, but the smile wins.

beer and ukelele Hazel set her own scene, indeed. A drink at front with a red ukelele at the back are what she directed us to put on. She discovered the uekelele looking great at the high-to-low angle, so she asked her dad to put down the drink onto a soft’s arm. The color combination is just excellent.

Makayla eyes   A macro shot with her younger sister’s eyes. Her younger sister is a moody little girl: she can laugh hard now but literally yield at you in most furious way in the next minute. Hazel caught the angry moment. So as the below one.

makayla sad Poor little the second time she was moody. And Hazel got her sister’s moment, again. A typical portrait-photo-skill. As well, all the strips in the photo are consistent, as if they are matching one another.

color craftSimple but colorful. She took a picture of her craft. Aware of architecture beauty, putting one a pink paper, standing on a chair, she told us a fact, by a picture, that how the craft looks like and its nature.

I’d like to show more, but I stop from here.

Hazel might took some great pictures by luck, some by skills, some by observation, and  some by creativity. A pure heart shouldn’t be ignored. By the time she grows up, photography technology might have been improved to another level, but her photographer-eyes is always with her.

Calgary Downtown INWARD-PLANET

The Calgary Downtown Planet

Calgary Downtown planet (April, 2012)

General speaking, I don’t care about copyright, but this time I have to. Photography from southeast Calgary and photoshop with several tricks (not difficult ones) that’s all I did. A few Calgary downtown commercial buildings, apartments or landmarks should be seen including Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Stampede’s ground, Calgary Tower, The Bow, Encana Tower, Eighth Avenue Place I, and Arriva Tower 1, etc. Picture quality not the best I’m sure this is more enjoyable with its funny angle.