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Bullet Train from Shanghai to Beijing

There is reportedly a bullet train line that runs 300km/h or 185 miles per hour between Shangai and Beijing and makes the trip in 4  hours. I must have paid for the cheaper train because I remember mine taking just over five and a half hours. This is how I prefer to get around in China, at least between the major …

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New Problems Mean Progress

A Wacom to solve my problem? I believe encountering new problems means that you are growing and stretching yourself into new places. By taking on new challenges you are introduced to new problems that you haven’t solved before. Approaching and overcoming those problems means that you grow. So that’s all well and good and I do believe it holds true…when …

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Fly a Kite on the Bund

Every morning on the Bund along the Huangpu River in Shanghai people come out to run, do their morning exercises and…fly kites. I walked a couple of miles along this waterfront on the Huangpu River and counted at least a dozen kites in the air. This was around 7am and this is a city that wakes up early. Every person flying …

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Solitary Sunset

I spent about 30 minutes taking photos of a herd of Bighorn Sheep in the Badlands during sunset and was about to pack up for the night when a lone sheep broke from the herd and settled on this ridge all alone. There were maybe 20 people out on the road taking photos, and the herd of sheep stayed right …

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Why Buy a Better Camera?

There are lots of things wrong with both of these images below. A better camera would definitely help. Short list – I would shoot it in raw with a lower iso and take a step to the right to get the framing more symmetrical. If you’re used to viewing social media images of snapshots from phones then these probably both …

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Cupid’s Span – An Unbroken Memory

Cupid’s Span is an art installation just south of Embarcadero along the San Francisco Bay. I went out this night intending to take pictures of the Bay Bridge and I didn’t even know this giant bow art installation was there. I’m sure locals and frequent visitors to San Francisco know this place already but it was new to me. This was actually the …

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Shanghai Jade Temple

At the Jade Temple in the middle of Shanghai, the monks practice rituals as I imagine they have for hundreds or thousands of years. As I was taking this photo, right behind me there is a courtyard filled with tourists and locals shopping at vendor’s stalls and taking selfies. It’s amazing to me that they carry on as if none of …

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Shanghai Neighborhoods

I had never been to Shanghai and didn’t know what to expect. Just down the street from a nice gated hotel where I was staying I wandered into the Shanghai Neighborhoods to see how they live. I  followed a family to this street where they disappeared into the first door on the right in this picture. They live there. I’m not …

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Pandora’s Box Metal Sculpture

This Pandora’s Box sculpture is at Porter Sculpture Garden just outside Sioux Falls South Dakota. The sculpture garden is created by Ron Porter. He turned common scrap metal into art sculptures. Most of the art sculptures tend towards the bizarre like this one. Well it didn’t feel right to do something less than unusual with this image. This is not my …