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Cusp of Autumn at the High Line Park, NYC

One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast is the changing of the seasons.  I know that sounds an awful lot like something East Coasters might tell themselves to cope with the bitter cold during winter but whatever the motivation may be, I love going to the High Line to see the change in foliage and activity as we finally get through the dog days of summer and head into the Fall.

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Lobster in the Lightbox

The adventures with my DIY lightbox continue!  This time, it’s all about playing with food.  A friend mentioned that Fresh Direct was carrying beautiful lobsters for cheap ($7/lb) thanks to a supply glut.  I’ll happily play my part in correcting the supply imbalance by consuming my share of these creatures.

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Cumin Lamb Dumplings

Ok, so I know this is a photography blog so what’s a post about food doing in here?  Well, first of all, these dumplings are delicious and easy to make so I wanted to document the recipe here.  Second, and more importantly because this actually is related to photography, these dumplings were my first attempt at shooting photos of objects inside my brand new DIY lightbox.  I built the lightbox based on instructions that David Hobby posted on his lighting photography blog, The Strobist.  David’s blog is quite possibly my all-time favorite photography blog because it’s incredibly well written and flash photography frankly terrified me until I started reading his articles and how-tos on strobe-lit photography.  And, it most certainly helps that his lighting DIY projects tend to be written with the budget-conscious in mind.  Not everyone has $10k to blow on a complete ProPhoto lighting studio kit.

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Anniversary

A little over a year ago I married my best friend at my childhood home in Kuala Lumpur.  We have been blessed with so much and I truly could not have asked for a better partner to spend the rest of my life with.  Our marriage has been more than just the union of two people.  It also forged bonds between two wonderful families representing two distinct cultures and their support of our relationship for the past ten years has made our love that much richer.  I cannot wait to see what adventures the next ten years, and more, will bring.  XOXO.

Photos courtesy of Saiful Nang and Ahim Rani.

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Weylin - You are so pretty, Mel!

al-khattab - Cantik.

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New York Photo Awards

I stumbled upon the New York Photo Awards and thought it would be fun to enter and in the process reflect upon the photographs I’ve captured to date.  I found it a pretty useful exercise, a little agonizing at times, but after much waffling about and tweaking here and there until Photoshop curves are now the things I dream about at night, I ended up submitting the three photographs below.

Borobudur Farmers

Category: General Documentary (Single)

Caption: As I was taking a brief rest stop from bicycling through the farming villages of Borobudur in Indonesia, this elderly couple invited me into their home for a drink and tempeh fritters. It was late in the day and they had been up since the crack of dawn tending to their farm but they seemed to enjoy entertaining visitors particularly with stories of their own young children who have since grown and migrated to the city.

A Boy in Ubud

Category: General Documentary (Single)

Caption:  The Balinese are a spiritual people and Ubud is its cultural epicenter. We had just arrived to stay by the Ayung River when we stumbled upon locals walking in a procession towards their village temple. So important is the Hindu religion that it is not at all that unusual for traffic to stop completely, without much complaint, to allow a temple procession to pass through. Despite increasingly modern additions to the island, many traditions continue to persist from generation to generation in the form of dance, craft and religion.

 

Matryoshka

Category: Fine Art (Single)

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