Remembering Japan: Modern and Traditional Kyoto

One of the things that left a huge impression on me while being in Japan was the intermix of old and new, traditional and modern throughout the country.  They sit comfortably next to each other and one doesn’t hold back the other.  One of the best examples of that hit …

Remembering Japan: a Tokyo Walkabout

Tokyo is a very unique place with a very rich history intermingled with the modernity of the city.  It’s a very urban place but, as inspired by the culture, you’ll find these beautiful quiet spaces where you can find peace.  Some are temples, some are gardens. Wooden Temple Gate at …

Remembering Japan: Pretty Edibles

A few weeks ago, I watched ‘Jiro dreams of Sushi’, a documentary about a sushi master, Jiro, and his 3-Michelin star sushi restaurant in Tokyo.  If you’re a sushi lover, this documentary will make you fall in-love with sushi all over again, and with vengeance.   I think I’m due for a …

Donner Lake at Sunset

Every time we work our way back from the mountain at the end of a snowboarding day, we see Donner lake right at sunset.  Most of the time though, the skies are either overcast or snow is coming down.  Though this scene looks beautiful in whichever state of weather, this …

From SF to Tahoe: A Car Ride

This last trip to Tahoe everything came together to make for a beautiful car ride up to the mountains. We had left early on Saturday as we usually do — around quarter to 7 or so and managed to see the tail end of the sunrise which was stunning.  The …

A Walk by a Lake

Spent a good chunk of one afternoon by a lake.  There was nothing particularly special about this lake except for the birds idling, beautiful light, and of course lots of photo opportunities.

LA (Not So) Grunge

LA is such a great city and it’s definitely a city — with lots of urban grunge — which I love. But also amidst all that, you’ll find lots of wonderful charm sprinkled in.  I try to capture those sightings when I can.  These photos were taken during our visit …

Bye Bye DC, see you soon!

DC this time around was amazing! Brought me together with my family and fed my stomach and my soul beautifully!  It was a great way to usher in the new year.  I’ve never had a chance to actually spend time idling around the city as I always come for short …

Christmas Day Walk in Washington DC

Somehow, every time I come to DC, I never get a chance to visit the historic sites especially the memorials.  Today, while everything is closed for Christmas, decided to take a walk.  The weather is probably the warmest it’ll be all week, just below 50F. I thought it’d be quiet …

A Walk on the Beach

One of my definitions of happiness is sitting on the beach, in the sun — for hours! A few weeks back when we were in Southern California, we had the chance to spend the afternoon on Laguna Beach south of LA before we had to get back to SF.  The …

Short Moments in Athens

I’ve been to Athens twice where the first time I hated it and the second time I loved it.  The first time, I was there briefly in passing on my way to the islands.  Everybody I interacted with was aggressive and rude, somewhat jaded.  I don’t blame them, as this …

Exploration: Cairo Light

Cairo is one of the most polluted places in the world. I remember thinking I had a bad cold the whole time I was there — but the minute I left Cairo to head to West Africa, I was totally fine.  It turns out I had insane allergies to Cairo’s …

A Memory of Santorini

One of the most scenic places I’ve ever been to is the island of Santorini, Greece.  It’s truly enchanted — and you completely feel transported somewhere magical.  As you come in on the ferry, you start seeing the stacked houses, in all their Mediterranean glory: blues, yellows, whites, and reds. The island …

Beach Turquoise

How can one not relax when they’re surrounded by turquoise waters? We all know blues (cool colors in general) relax us — for me, just the mere act of looking through these photos does that  (…and makes me itch for a beach trip!)

Desert Blues (and Pinks)

It’s amazing how much a good camera (and a little bit of practice!) make a difference! I had visited Morocco twice and these are my photos from my second time there.  I’m so unimpressed with my first set — I don’t think I’ve even kept them.   There’s NOTHING like …

Exploration: Light + Color Part II

This is part II of my exploration with Light + Color (see part I). Egypt is actually magical — though it’s hard to remember that sometimes. It’s more so when you have this vantage point vs up close near the pyramids at Giza.  Cairo is one of the most exploited …

Exploration: Light + Color Part I

I’ve been experimenting a lot with my camera, light, color and post processing.  I have gigabytes of photos that I need to sort through from this past year.  Had a little bit of time to do so this past week — I only got through 10 photos!  It’s amazing what …

Sunsets and Rainbows

I always find myself chasing after sunsets and rainbows, and very often with a camera in hand (I probably share that habit with many).  I will chase after them on rooftops, mountain tops, aboard planes, trains, you name it (as you’ll see from my photos below!)   I have hundreds …

Spectacular Interiors

Historically, many places of worship were created in a way where whoever enters is taken over by an immediate feeling of smallness — a way to humble those who come in.  I’m obsessed with trying to catch that on film — and it’s really hard for a photo to do …

The Market

My favorite part of travel is going to the local markets — you can tell a lot about a city and a people by the way merchants display their goods. And I love the markets because of the color everywhere.  It was really hard to limit the number of photos …