Hope and change in an Eternal Flame

The theme for 2015 is change. Our family will be moving homes, jobs and the direction of our lives. Personal change is also important with me learning how to have more hope for the future of our child and making my dreams come true like I have in the past. Change also means new. What…

Phi Phi Don - heading to the boat

#2 – Phi Phi Don, Thailand, December 2004

The first wave of the 2004 tsunami hit Phi Phi Don Island shortly after 10:30am on December 26, 2004. Our group was on vacation in Thailand and visiting Phi Phi Don. We took a regularly scheduled boat to Krabi Town some time before the first wave hit. Photos were taken on December 25 and the morning of December…

beach umbrellas, Thailand

#1 – Snowy Beijing and blissful Thailand, December 2004

In a few weeks, it will be 10 years since the 2004 tsunami battered parts of Thailand along with many other coastal communities. Being in Thailand when the tsunami happened prompted a series of life changes within the following year. Quitting my job, moving to Thailand to volunteer and then to Japan to work happened…

two bare lightbulbs

Photogaphy 101 – edge and double

Themes 3 and 4 from the final week of Photography 101 are edge and double. The goal with “edge” was to get a perfectly straight line. Double’s optional idea was to rotate the image for a different perspective. Edge A gift shop in a busy bullet train station was the first place I fell in love… with shinkansen…

carved cedar salmon

Photography 101 – treasure and glass

It’s the last week of Photography 101 and the first two themes are treasure and glass. Treasure My treasure has a story, as most do. During a family holiday over 20 years ago, I celebrated a birthday. My parents gave me money to buy a present. We were staying in Tofino on Vancouver Island in…

foothills and mountains

Photography 101 – swarming snow and landscape at dusk

Finishing up week 3 of Photography 101 means covering two themes: swarm and landscape. The swarm theme needed to show movement and multiples of something. Rather than focusing on anything specific, the landscape theme was about the whole. Swarm – snow dragon Playing with the camera at night and on manual while Hitoshi tossed snow…

blurred cars and lights

Photography 101 – capturing moments by playing with blur

Blurring moving options against an in focus background and creating a sharp subject against a blurred background were two options for the theme, moment during week 3 of Photography 101. Today was the first time experimenting with capturing motion with a manual camera. It wasn’t easy! I deleted around 100 photos and kept the four here as a…