Tsai Chin (蔡琴), one of the most famous Chinese/Taiwanese singer ever lived, performing the best song that suits her voice, titled 一場遊戲一場夢” (A Game & A Dream) recently in a concert.
You don’t have to understand the lyrics. I just want you to appreciate her voice in such a beautiful melody.
(PS This song brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it)
Spent whole afternoon and the evening at the Getty Center.
Not much to say, interesting place for architecture photographs.
Taken with Nikon D800 on either the 16-35mm f/4 VR, the 80-200 f/2.8D and the 50mm f/1.8D “Nifty Fifty”.
RAW Imported with ACR, then Photoshop for adjustment and B&W conversion.
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Oh and I have a D&B soundtrack that’ll go with these photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ1mQeEE4Z0
Got a little artsy with my HK USP tonight.
Yes that’s me holding it.
Nikon D800 with Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro in a light box; Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D “Cream Machine” and SB-900 speed light bouncing off the ceiling.
Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee in St. Peter’s Square.
The first Catholic man tells his friends, “My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”
The second Catholic man chirps, “My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”
The third Catholic gent says, “My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone bows their head and says ‘Your Eminence’.”
The fourth Catholic man says very proudly, “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Holiness’.”
Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, “Well… ?”
She proudly replies, “I have a daughter,
24” WAIST and
When she walks into a room, people say, “Jesus Christ !”.
One of the best California Dreamin’ cover I’ve ever heard. The choirs really bring out the “grey” feeling of the song.
Before you made up your mind about this post and making plans to bash it, I’d like to just tell you the purpose of what I am trying to share you here is my personal thoughts, as a proud recent immigrant, a gun owner and a life-time NRA member.
Now it is your right and choose to simply navigate away if it “offends” you in any way. Go ahead, exercise your rights anyway you wish.
I’m an immigrant. Let me rephrase that. I’m a PROUD immigrant to this great country. It took me ten plus years of hard work, dedication and LOTS patience to finally earn my share and grant to the rights that many of US-born citizens were given at birth. Does that make those who were granted with less than us who has to earn it? No. Matter of fact, they are all identical. What makes it different is how much work you had to put in just to earn your rights to them. Some of us take them for granted. Worse, bashing them with the rights which allowed them to do so.
I came from a country where I don’t have any rights to express pretty much anything. Oppression is the best way to describe it. I lived in constant surveillance by unseen forces, in public, on the Intranet (a lot of websites are blocked, thus it’s no Internet) and in everyday conversations. I dreamed to be able to exercise the freedom of express my mind against the very government I was being oppressed with. But I can’t.
I have nothing against those who desire not to exercise their rights granted from the Bill of Rights. It’s a free world, you have all the rights to choose what you want to do. What saddens me is why someone would take these rights for granted. Is it you don’t realize many other oppressive governments in the world is afraid such rights will endanger their ruling power? Or it has been part of your human rights at birth, it became for granted?
Following by 9/11 event happened two weeks after I first came to the States, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is right next to the worst things that happened in my life. Innocent lives, especially those innocent children. I was shocked, sadden and upset for a while.
The heated debate further separate the whole country into two sides. It’s even worse when one side is provoking the other side just to prove their point of gun owners are violent. I’ve also heard conspiracy theory where all these mass killing were actually conducted by the anti-gun groups. Of course even I think that’s just crazy thinking but the thought of some would sacrifice lives just to prove their point bothers me a lot.
Recently I saw a post where someone described what the Second Amendment right says. For those who aren’t sure, here’s the text:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
So what is a “Militia”? By definition it’s “generally refers to an army or other fighting force that is composed of non-professional fighters; citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government that can be called upon to enter a combat situation.”
Of course the standard was made back in the 1800s. It may not be suiting for today’s standard. My point here being while the Second Amendment stated “… to the security of a free State”, and to my understanding if certain group of people have the will to exercise their freedom to gather and defend the government from taking their “free State” away with armed force, then the Second Amendment would come in affect for the selected group of people.
Some States in the Union has signed and passed very restricting gun laws. While many of those supporters stated that it will not be an infringement to the Second Amendment, I beg to differ.
Let’s just say someday all firearms are banned. It just happens a large group of those who believes such action by the government is a infringement to their rights to ensure a “free State” (of their beliefs) and established a “well-organized” militia. Problem is heavily restricted gun laws took most of this militia’s power away. Making the force to fight back what the Second Amendment was intended for uneven. I believe that’s clearly an infringement on the Second Amendment.
Recently I was sharing some of my thoughts and experience of firearm during a lunch with few friends. I was interrupted by a very passionate, “progressive”, anti-gun person. What really amazed me was after I told her I just don’t like the idea of my hard earned rights being taken away, she immediately started bashing how immigrants like me are ruining this country. I asked her weren’t she was just supporting the progressive movement which included immigration reform. I got a bird in return from her at the end.
I was quite amused by her reaction. I realized many people label themselves as part of the group they really don’t belong to, but to confuse their goals with a great beliefs, masking their true intend in the process. What further amazes me is some of them would get so offended by any other comments.
It’s very difficult to believe in what the society is up against. At the same time this is the beauty of this great country. We have the rights to choose what we believe. Conflicts will exist as long as freedom exist. Taking sides separate you from the others. What most people don’t see is such action provided you with the best tool out there: a yardstick to compare. Think about it, without the other end, this end you are standing for wouldn’t exist.
By definition of law many things are considered a deadly weapon. Not just firearms, but many other things as well. You know where this is going so I’m just going to leave it there. Banning one thing while selectively ignore other things, people and even methods that can achieve the same goal of causing lethal harm to others isn’t going to solve the problem.
Someone told me if we didn’t have all these guns to begin with then we wouldn’t have these problems. True, that’s undoubtedly a true statement. However we are nothing but a constant, while all the ifs we are talking about are variables. What does that mean? An environment provided wouldn’t change the result by far as long as the constant has the will to reach that goal. They will always find a way. We only to behave civilized because the modern society requires it. Love, compassion and understanding are signs of a civilized society.
Bottom line, I will not let my hard earned rights to be taken away simply because the action of criminals. Stricter laws only punish law abiding owners not the criminals. Don’t let the Second Amendment enforcing what it was intended for.
Taken at the La Jolla glide port, with a Nikon D800, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR, a Lee “Big-Stopper” 10-Stop ND, all mounted on a tripod.
Manual exposure, 20 seconds at f/22, focal length 16mm.
RAW imported with Adobe Camera Raw. Lens correction applied, contrast, color filter adjusted and converted to B&W with Nik Software SilverEFEX Pro 2.
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A quick-and-dirty tilt-shift time lapse of the La Jolla coast and Children’s Pool.
Music is “Hidden Microscope” by Jemapur
Shot with Nikon D800 on either Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D or Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR, with a Hoya ND400 9-Stop ND filter. Sequence edited with Photoshop, Quicktime & Premiere.
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What does it take for you have the power to shrink and to expend time? Sometimes all it takes is the will to create.
It remains static, yet it moves with lighting speed; It become motion, yet it seems still.
I recently acquired a Nikon D800 and a Steadicam Merlin 2. It has always been a dream for me to create something with motion pictures. I took the gears to Laguna Beach on Saturday, spent a good hours trying to blend two time scales into one short video around the beach and the park around it.
Keep in mind, this is pretty much my first time doing a motion picture, aside from the time lapse. Especially with a Steadicam Merlin 2. It was pretty difficult to use it correctly but let’s say, this is my chance to exercise it.
Time lapses were shot with a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 or the Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR, mounted on a D800, on a tripod and fitted with a Tiffin ND9 filter for manual 1/2 second exposures between f/5.6 - f/11.
Steadicam Merlin 2 footage were shot with a Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 on a D800, on the Merlin 2. 720p60, played back at 24 fps thus the slowed down footage.
Imported and edited with Photoshop and Premiere Pro CS 6.
About 3,000 still shots were made for the time lapse, and approx. 5 minutes of footages for the Merlin 2 shots.
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(courtesy of @krhainos)