Last month I took a quick business trip to Seattle, Washington. Although I was working most of the time there, I tried my best exploring this city in such little time. Mostly I just went to the very tourist-y spots. haha. Here are some highlights:
Pike’s Place is an open market located at the waterfront of Seattle. Walking through you can find many goods like produce, freshly caught seafood, pasta, arts & crafts… the list goes on. It’s also home of the very first Starbucks!
This looks like a normal brick wall right? Looking closer I got a bit grossed out seeing it’s actually completely covered with chewed up gum! Gross.
I met up with a friend who’s coincidently interning in Seattle for the summer. We grabbed dinner at Japonessa Sushi Cocina. I didn’t realized I ordered two fried sushi plates, but they both tasted great! Their green tea tiramisu was a great ending to our meal.
We went to the famous Space Needle to grab a bird’s eye view of Seattle. Tickets for ‘liftoff’ were $18, but it gave us a great 360-degree outdoor of the city.
I was excited because I thought the observatory deck rotated, but sadly it didn’t. Turns out the restaurant one floor below the deck rotates.
It was fun briefly visiting Seattle. I’ll probably be back soon due to business, which will give me a chance to explore the city even more. I’ll leave you guys off with some night shots of the city. Cheers!
This way is overdue, but here are some photos I’ve taken during my time in San Francisco this past winter. I really love this city; just walking around you can tell it’s filled with so much culture and art.
San Francisco has the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia. I went to see the annual Chinese New Year parade (and to get bubble tea).
In the Mission District, there’s a huge display of graffiti artwork in Clarion Alley. It’s amazing to see so much detailed and vibrant work from these local artists.
Lastly, Battery Spencer is a great place to view the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. My sister Amy and I came to photograph it right at sunset.
..and to do some quick light painting!
Looking through all the photos of SF makes me really miss being there! I’ll definitely want to visit the city and the Bay area again.
Back in January while I was doing my senior project in Silicon Valley, a few of my friends and I took an excursion to Alcatraz Island. This famous island was just a 15 minute ferry ride from Pier 33.
The $27 ferry ticket included access to all the attractions on the island, including a walking audio tour inside the retired prison.
It was very eerie walking down the halls of Alcatraz. The audio tour made it feel like you were there, way back when the prison was still occupied.
From the audio tour I learned the many violent outbreak attempts there were from the prison. The Gun Gallery, where many weapons were stored, was broken into and used for escape during the Battle of Alcatraz in May of 1946.
Although inside the prison was gloomy, the rest of the island was surprisingly peaceful. In fact while the prison was occupied, families used to live in houses on the island.
There is a great panoramic view of the city from the island. You could see both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Being an inmate, it must be tough knowing you were so close yet so far away from the city.
Nice work, man. I really enjoy your stuff. I have a question about your portraits. Over Christmas, I tried to shoot some portraits but discovered that balancing light proved more difficult than expected. How do you avoid harsh shadows and over exposed highlights in your portraits? Do you use flash? Do you shoot at a certain time of day? Etc? Keep up the good work.
Thanks man, it really means a lot to me. For my portraits, I usually shoot in the late afternoon with the sun behind the subject. It doesn’t give harsh shadows and makes very neat sun flare shots at some angles.
so I found your tumblr/flickr and I'm so obsessed! your photos are amazing. I might have to steal some ideas, I love floating friday! I'm a student and photographer too, so I love finding people my age who like pictures too, thanks for your awesome blog <3
Thank you so much! Your photos are awesome, very vibrant and well composed! I’m glad that I’ve given you a bit of inspiration :)
Here’s a short post of a great restaurant in downtown San Francisco. I’ve been to plenty of dim sum places before; this is my favorite of the bunch by far. For those who aren’t familiar with these types of restaurants, you order small dishes at a time from carts rolled around by servers.
This is the star of the place: Shanghai dumplings. These delicate dumplings are filled with pork and a soup broth. You place the dumpling on a soup spoon, add the red ginger sauce, drink the soup within, and then eat it! Delicious!
Along with the Shanghai dumplings, my sister and I had seasoned string beans, chicken feet, har gow (shrimp dumplings), and shrimp rice noodle rolls.
Overall, Yank Sing had excellent food and service. I can’t wait to come back again!
I’m a bit late posting these, but here are some highlights from my trip to Las Vegas and Southern California. I brought both my 60D and my rangefinder so you will see a mixture of digital AND film shots!
1. The Las Vegas Strip at Night
2. Seeing ‘Le Reve: The Dream’, a water-themed acrobatics show in Vegas!
3. All the Vietnamese food I ate
4. The beaches
5. Frozen yogurt at Yogurtland
7. Getting stuck on Space Mountian
And last but not least,
8. Finally eating at In-N-Out Burger!
Overall, a great vacation before I started school. Mannn, I want a burger now.