Thursday, July 30, 2015

#TBT // Triple Exposure

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Walla Walla & Pike Place Market // Diana F+

This throwback Thursday is dedicated to my very first attempt at a double exposure on my Diana. It wasn't until recently I realized this photo was actually a triple exposure. I must have forgotten at the time I was at Pike Place Market because I attempted to take another double exposure. Mistakes on film are so forgiving and are always my favorite kind of mistakes. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Currently Brewing Tea

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Over the last few years I've been obsessed with tea. Don't get me wrong, I still need my cup of coffee in the morning to jumpstart my day but my afternoons are spent consuming tea. My love and appreciation for tea started after a visit to a little tea shop in Sanxia District which is a few hours outside of Taipei. The tea leaves are delivered to the shop fresh from the tea mountain regions several times a week and in this little shop is where I did my very first tea tasting. 

The kind woman pouring us tea had so much knowledge about all of the different types of tea and their differences in taste. She spent her entire life learning about tea and perfecting the way to care for it, brew, and serve it which made me feel ridiculous at my need for perfection on my third try at every thing new I attempt. However since then, every time I try something new that may be challenging I am reminded of this kind woman and I give myself some grace. 

It was such a disappointment I didn't speak any Mandarin because I couldn't understand a thing this woman was sharing with us. Thankfully I was with my beau and his family and had his dad to translated but it wasn't the same as hearing her exact use of words to describe the art of brewing tea as we were experiencing it. After we picked our choice of tea; me: Jasmine, my beau: Oolong she taught us how to prepare tea. First, place your tea leaves in a pot and pour boiled water over the tea leaves just enough to get them all wet. Then lightly swirl it around for about 10 seconds and dump the water. Finally, pour boiling water to fill the tea pot and then you're ready to pour for drinking. 

This shoot was done using Oolong tea and a ceramic tea set from Taiwan. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jardin du Soleil

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A few weekends ago I visited the lavender farms in Sequim. I first heard about this region growing lavender during Lavender Festival several years ago while stuck in the festival traffic on the way to Port Ludlow. Thankfully this time I was back before the festival and with absolutely no traffic. 

On Travel // From Seattle, I took the Bainbridge Island Ferry and drove about 2 and 1/2 hours to get to Sequim. Outside of the Lavender Festival, most farms are open to the public for cutting and photography during the months of June to August. You can also bike from farm to farm and have a picnic somewhere in between which sounded completely romantic to me. However, when I arrived at my first farm around 11am it was a already close to 100 degree and unbearable to be in direct sunlight. I scratch that idea off real quick. 

On Photography // The first farm I decided to visit was Jardin du Soleil. Yes, the french name had a great influence on first choice. I've always wanted to visit the lavender fields in Provence and hope to someday. So when I got to the Jardin du Soleil there were a handful of people and a million bees. I had with me my Hasselblad with a 80mm lens. As I made my way through the garden, all I heard was the buzzing noise of the bees and the occasional loud shutter of my camera. I'm amazed at how quickly satisfied I am with shooting one roll of film. Of course I had several rolls of film with me as backup but only ended up using one roll of film which is all 12 frames you see here. I love how shooting film has made me slowed down and really think about the story I want to tell with each shutter. I have to make it count. 

3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way
Sequim, WA 98382

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Little Things

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Dim Sum reminds me of great times with my family. On Sundays after church we'd all meet in Chinatown and easily fill up two tables. My nephews who were babies and toddlers at that time would be either sitting on their mother's lap flinging their little arms around for one of us Aunties to pick them up or patiently sitting and ready to eat. They were always so excited to see us just as we were happy to smoother them with kisses. As the carts of delicious food made their way around to our tables, we'd all take turns politely selecting our dishes over the noise of chatter and dishes being collected. Towards the end of our meal the boys would get fussy and to alleviate my siblings from parent duty the Aunties would take turns showing the boys the fish tank which was always a hit.

Looking back dim sum on Sundays were so hectic but so great. I miss my nephews being so little and adorable and I miss that point in time when we were all together and hadn't completely grown into our own little families yet. 

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Dim Sum // Eastern Pearl

Friday, July 10, 2015

Night Changes

Most of my editing and blog posts are done right before bed. I wonder if that has any influence on my recent sway towards dark moody images such as these black and white peonies I shot a couple of months ago. These were taken on my digital camera which I rarely touch anymore and it makes complete sense as I was just trying to tweak them to look like film prints.  

So I'm sitting here editing while listening to the Pop Chill Playlist on Spotify when it plays this catchy song that I automatically start to like so I check out the playlist and it turns out to be a One Direction song! I tried really hard not to like it but I can't help it. It's so sweet!!! So I'm accepting it and dedicating this post to it.

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We're only getting older baby 

And I've been thinking about it lately 
Does it ever drive you crazy 
Just how fast the night changes? 
Everything that you've ever dreamed of 
Disappearing when you wake up 
But there's nothing to be afraid of 
Even when the night changes 
It will never change me and you