Missed Connections

If your name is Alison and you have ever been in Hong Kong, someone loves you.

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Zooming Malinda

Another week, another On Taking Pictures assignment. This week the assignment was motion blur. After a couple of days of thinking of what I wanted to do for this assignment, I remembered back to my college days where I saw images that were made by zooming during the exposure. Zooming during the exposure was something that I’ve wanted to try, but never got around to. The motion blur assignment gave me an excuse to give the zooming technique a go.

Zooming Malinda

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Hipster 9

I used to wonder where one could go to become a hipster. Then I came across this store off of Hollywood Road in Hong Kong. So, if you ever wanted to become a hipster all you have to do is go to Hong Kong and shop at Hipster 9.

Hipster 9

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Wandering around Dalian Maritime University

A couple of days ago I went for a walk around the campus of Dalian Maritime University. While I was wandering around I came across the harbor for where the university keeps their boats. I saw these row boats (lifeboats?) and played around with different compositions. I couldn’t decide on a favorite, so here are my top three.

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Homage to EW

I recently discovered the podcast On Taking Pictures. As you can guess by the name it is about photography. I’ve tried to listen to many photography podcasts, but most of them are unlistenable and get deleted. On Taking Pictures is not. The hosts, Jefferey Saddoris and Bill Wadman, are excellent. They don’t spend a lot of time talking about gear. Instead focusing on larger issues within the photography community, from ethical issues of manipulating images in photojournalism, to the meaning of art in general.

At the end of every episode they give out a weekly assignment. For last weeks episode the assignment was to mimic one of your favorite photographers. My original idea was to go out and get a little Siskind, but the crazy amount of smog in Dalian over the past week killed that idea. While I was sitting around thinking of what I could do at home for this assignment I remembered Edward Weston’s photograph of a toilet. Here’s mine.

Homage to EW

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Backlit Daydream

Backlit Daydream

I like to work on my backlog of Bali images during cold winter days in Dalian. The least I can do is pretend that I’m in a warm tropical paradise when it’s freezing outside.

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Flight Dreams

Flight Dreams

The in-laws are visiting for Spring Festival (Chinese New Year, so my wife and I decided to take them to Xinghai Square. Xinghai Square is a major tourist destination in Dalian. It’s very big and has a lot of upscale shops around the edges. However, most people tend to hang out at the beach end of the square. It was on the beach end of Xinghai Square where I saw this guy having a great time feeding the seagulls. I knew right away that I wanted to get a shot where his hand was at its highest point with a seagull flying above. I took a lot of pictures of this guy throwing bread into the air. This image is the closest to the image that I had in my head.

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