Before & After: Temple Roof

For most of my photos, my processing consists of some adjustment of a few settings, and maybe a little highlighting of a certain feature of the photograph.  Sometimes, however, getting the look I want takes considerable editing after the photo has been taken.  I think that it’s important to highlight the power of processing, especially to new photographers who might feel bad about the way their photos look straight out of the camera.

This is a photo from my time in South Korea that I edited this morning.  Take a look at the difference that the processing made.  The first shot is straight out of the camera.  The second shot is after my processing.

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Two Jindo Dogs

I’ve been re-processing some of my old shots from Korea recently, and two of the shots I did were of Jindo Gae, the national dogs of Korea that originated on the island I used to live on.  Here are the two shots.  The top photo was my first ever shot of a Jindo Gae (as well as one of my photos from my first day in Korea in general), and remains my favorite.  The second photo is of “Sadie”, a starving Jindo Gae that I temporarily adopted for a few months until her owner started taking better care of her.


Fall in the Berkshires

I recently found an old archive of original files from the year I spent living in my truck, driving all over the east coast.  Some of my favorite photos are also the ones that provoke the most nostalgia for me: my photos of fall in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where I went to college.  While Virginia has a longer period of fall foliage, there is no beating the intensity of color to be found in New England in late September/early October.

These photos were all taken with my old Canon 30D, in the fall of 2007.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Orange, yellow, and gold.

A hint of green is still left!


The beautiful blue skies of fall.

Yellow sugar maple.

Hampshire College’s sugaring shack.

Hampshire College’s Maple Sugar Shack.

Hampshire College’s community farm center.

Hampshire College’s library.



Fire on the ground.

An original Hadley farmhouse from 1778.

18th century homes on West St.

My dream home, on Hadley’s former main street.

An original Hadley farmhouse from 1763.

West Street, including the longest town common in Massachusetts. This was the street upon which the village of Hadley was founded.

My favorite street in the whole wide world.


Weekly Wrap-Up: An Island Vacation

This week was pretty much a “week off” for me, as much as I’m ever “off” and still carrying my camera.  Marc took a week’s vacation this week, and since I wanted to enjoy this chance for us to have some quality time together, I pretty much wrote off getting anything done, work-wise.

It was nice to take a week off, even though I did manage to squeak in some processing of my shots from last weekend’s “Tank Farm” reenactment.  Marc and I went to Maryland’s Eastern Shore region on Tuesday, exploring Easton, Oxford, and Cambridge, as well as Assawoman  and Onancock (whose names still makes my inner 5 year old giggle).  On Wednesday we took a boat to Tangier Island, an extremely isolated island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay that is famous for its Restoration-era English accent.  We spent about four hours wandering around the island, exploring the sights and eating excellent seafood (order the soft-shell crab cakes!).  On Saturday, Marc and I took the car out Route 50 to explore part of Virginia’s “Hunt Country”, a region of fancypants horse farms punctuated by cute little historical towns.

You can see some of my photos from our trip to the Eastern Shore and Tangier Island here:


Hangeul at the Beach

This shot remains one of my favorites from my time spent living in rural South Korea.  I lived on an island with a fairly famous beach, and school groups from the surrounding area were frequent visitors.  This was a group that was visiting one day while I was there to swim.