Had a brrrrrr breezy portrait session today with our beloved UAPC member Joanne! Although the fall breeze came sweeping in and surprised us, we had a warm shoot nonetheless.Joanne is a student in the University of Alberta studying in human ecology and has done a few contests on her own. She has made some pretty sweet dresses and accessories. You can see a short clip from her latest contest for Southgate Mall in Edmonton
We tried a bit of light painting that day too, but it didn’t really go that well, so I stayed behind that night to pin the problem down all by myself! Check it out below!
So this must have taken at least 20 frames to get myself to freeze properly. I’m especially proud of it because I stayed in the cold windy night to do it all by myself till around 3am. I still find a lot of room to test new things out, so I called up a few friends from University of Alberta Photography club. Stay tune for the next post!
Traveling down from Edmonton to Banff in a group of 8 in hope to get away and do some hiking, fishing, and great camping experience. We booked our camp site with the Alberta camping reservation system online. At first we wanted to be close to two jack lake, but all their sites were already booked, so we went with the neighbouring camp site at Tunnel Mountain Village II. They have very well facilitated washrooms and sink area for us to wash things and take showers, which was good for some of us who were first time campers.
The Tunnel Mountain Village is extremely near Banff town and we are literally camping in the middle of all the trees and serenity of Banff. We arrived really late and thanks to all the flashlights we have, we were able to build our tents and set up while setting up a fire, as the temperature was dropping down to 5-8 degrees! The whether forecast promised us that it was going to rain throughout the weekend starting tomorrow morning. After setting up our tents around 10, we only had an hour before quiet time, and actually had rangers visit us and warned us of to put our the fire earlier… Anyway, we spent the night playing cards and staying awake, knowing that the next day may be spent in the rain.
Having had about 5 hours of sleep, I woke up and noticed that there was no rain and it doesn’t look like it’ll rain for another couple of hours! So i set on a solo trip down Tunnel Mountain for a hike while everyone was still asleep. I quickly stuffed a slice of bread down my mouth and looked at the map for the entrance to the trail. You can choose to skip a part of the trail and park at the upper parking lot. I’ll provide a map to the trail later on and where you could park.
Although it’s not raining, the fog was definitely giving me some pretty unique environment to hike in! By the time I got here (8:30am) many early birds have already began their hikes.
Does anyone know if this is a pika or a squirrel?
I took many stops and really took my time. My friends have already eaten lunch by the time I came back. Just then, a male and female deer appeared at our camp site! This makes for the second animal encounter I had haha!
Please stay tune for my second post on my trip to Banff at Two Jake Lake and Johnston Canyon! Meanwhile, feel free to check out some highlights and larger format photos of my Tunnel Mountain Hike, I hope this will be useful for future hikers and campers alike going to Banff National Park in Canada. =) Chao~
Another portrait photography day in Edmonton! So Iris and I have been friends for quite some time now, and we would have dinner talks periodically to catch up, but today I’ve decided to talk her into a photo session. *Evil laughter* Iris has always been a pretty chill person so I already knew she would agree to be in my photos. I’m practicing for an upcoming wedding gig, so finding anyone with no modeling experience would obviously be a no brainer right? Iris got off work and was dressed in business casual attire, so I needed something with a tint of city living right? I was so glad I chose this location as it was an area with an urban vibe. It’s just outside of the University of Alberta at Saskatchewan Dr overlooking the main building in the city like the Legislature building and the huge red Canada place. There were quite a bit of people but the sun was just setting and we totally engaged to your subject who happens to be your friend certainly did the trick! No vibe was killed In the scene and we enjoyed our session. Iris definitely rocked that location like it was her stage!
Lugging around a tripod, flashes, and gears during these past few weeks meant nothing, but the patience of sitting through tutorial videos and sleepless nights on the computer trying to find the fastest and cleanest way to edit and organize photo definitely requires a few glass of wine! Stay tune for more to come!
So here in Edmonton, July is finally snow and cold free! There are canola fields in full bloom all over highways in Edmonton right in the city! This is the beginning of my serious journey to get into shooting portraits. I’ve spent lots of time scouting for locations to do photo sessions and try out loads of different lighting techniques and force myself to survive in harsh lighting conditions too! I’d carry my gears to work to save travel and time. Having looked forward everyday, I shot in the rain, overcast days, gloomy cloudy days. Any serious photographer would tell you how much they enjoy shooting, but I think most of us are forced to put down the camera and flex our leg muscles, the car engine, and powerful internet search engine to look for unique and beautiful locations for photo sessions.
On a side note, today is the first Edmonton #yeg post since the summer, trying really hard to catch up on my past sessions! I’m also offering free photography sessions to people in my friend pool on facebook, so hopefully I get a good response. The awesome Alison H has been extremely kind and designed a cool logo for me to use from now on! So a huge thank you to her support and selflessness! I know she is super busy with her work at a media firm, but feel free to check out her work here.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is right beside flower market road off of Prince Edward MTR train station.People come to visit this beautiful Chinese garden filled with exotic birds like parrots and cocktail birds. There are also freeing of birds from cages in some shops for tourists and locals not planning to shop for a pet or buying bird care products. Neat Chinese traditional bamboo bird cages, bird toys, and all kinds of exotic birds are displayed inside or outside of their cages.
When I arrived here, it was already closing time. There are many bird enthusiasts who may come to gather and spend time at this beautiful setting inside this concrete jungle. The outside of this area is filled with busy cars and crowded streets like any other main roads in Hong Kong. But as soon as you step in, it almost feel a bit like a strange paradise filled with pets and free spirited seniors who treated this place as their favourite hide out.
I often wonder how birds feel like, to be born with their wings clipped and their feet chained. In this city, the only thing I can hope for is for these birds to find a good owner or shop owners who will cherish them and take good care of them in their lifetime. I once met a family friend who owned 4 parrots at home and they were the happiest birds you would meet. They frequently dance around and flap their wings, and even learned to do some talking when they feel like entertaining their human friends.
I think out of all places, this is definitely one of my favourite places I’ve shot in the streets of Hong Kong. All the colors and displays makes for an amazing, fresh composition. Wish I could spend more time here! Until next time I guess!
Missing Piece Studio takes you down the must go destination when looking for a tourist friendly market where selling and shopping for flowers are the only focus. Right out of Prince Edward Station MTR train station, house plants and anything gardening related is for sale all year round!
Alright, back to photos from the trip! This is the place everyone would go more then once while staying in Hong Kong. The street vendor filled lui yun street, the awesome malls, the trendiest clothes, food, and camera stores! To summarize Mongkok in a nutshell, is almost as hard as describing Hong Kong to someone. To me, Mongkok is the definition of street, trend, and crowded ghetto of Hong Kong. What’s your definition of it?
A friend of mine told me to try out a “dai pai dong” open-air food stall located in tin hau. I have always walked by that place but never really went inside. What you see is lots of garage and auto shops, with an exception of a few grocery stores and a lot of neat little restaurants. The street is definitely not crowded like that of Mongkok or Causeway Bay. That alone was an open invitation for me to slow down my walk to enjoy the authentic streets of Hong Kong. The birds who seek refuge in roofs and strange places between building, the walls, and a taste of the famous street food.
Dai pai dong is a type of open-air food stall once very popular in Hong Kong. The government registration name in Hong Kong is “cooked-food stalls”, but dai pai dong literally means “restaurant with a big license plate”, referring to its size of license which is bigger than other licensed street vendors.
A place that many has gain a name in Hong Kong is the shun hing dai pai dong, located in tin hau. I had a taste of their signature egg and bbq pork rice and cart noodle(guess what toppings I had?) Don’t scroll down for the answers yet! 滑蛋叉燒飯 & 車仔撈麵. Thank you again for bringing me here!
Hollywood Road is a street in Central and Sheung Wan, on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street runs between Central and Sheung Wan, with Wyndham Street, Arbuthnot Road, Ladder Street, Upper Lascar Row, and Old Bailey Street in the vicinity.