Looking for the Special Moments

It can be really hard to have tourist-like eyes in your own city. Finding interesting things to photograph can be a challenge, especially if you see the same things every day. A trick for me to get out of that funk is to walk around a specific place with my camera in hand; looking for interesting scenes—whether it be textures, symmetry, interesting faces, interactions that are peculiar, or something beautiful. There is always something worthy to be photographed—you just have to have the eyes to see it! Take this for example:

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We were walking in a market and I just happened to see this rug hung up on the wall with these colorful poufs underneath. I loved all the colors and how it looked, so I took the shot and this is what I got. It’s beautiful! I think I’d normally miss this if I didn’t slow down and look.

I think this goes beyond photography and can be applied to our lives in general. Sometimes we can get so busy that we miss the beautiful or surprising things or people throughout our day. I, myself, am trying to slow down and “smell the roses”, as the old adage goes. I don’t want to miss those special moments because I was preoccupied with a task or schedule. Life is too short friends, so don’t miss out on the important things.

On that sobering note (sorry for the reminder of our short lives!), I hope that in the normalcy of the day you look and find something or someone new in your path. Enjoy your day!


Slowing Down

5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, a/320 sec, ISO-1600

5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, a/320 sec, ISO-1600

Life for me is not slowing down, but is speeding up! Today we went through all of our belongings to keep in storage, to take with us, and to give away. We decided that it would be better for us to let go of things than try to hold onto the "what if's" and keep something for another few years in a box. It was a little hard doing--some of the things I'm giving away are things I really wanted at some point in the past, but now to keep them is pointless. I figure that someone else can enjoy and use them. And if it comes time for us to need to buy it again, we will. :) That's a lot more easier said than done though!

Soon we'll be back to shopping at places like you see above and trying to navigate life there. That's going to be fun. (I don't mean that sarcastically--I really am looking forward to it!)

So unfortunately, due to packing, saying goodbye, traveling, getting back into life in a foreign place, etc. over next 4-6 weeks, I might not post photos daily like I've grown accustomed to doing! I wish I didn't have to sleep and maybe then I could do everything I want to. Although, I'm sure I'd fill it up with many tasks and still wish I had more time! Ha!

Well, off to go pack some more! Hope you have a great day.


My Love for Berries

I really like fruit, particularly berries. I could easily pile blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries over some Greek yogurt or a whole grain cereal and I will be a happy camper! In fact, most of my late-night snacks in the US are just that! :) I hope that doesn't make me a complete nerd. 

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/400sec., ISO-500

Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f/1.4  |  f/3.5, 1/400sec., ISO-500

Some of you, who are in different countries that don't eat berries besides strawberries, are seriously missing out. If you ever get a chance to try these little gems, do it. They are full of sweet flavor, delicious and so healthy for you!

I took this picture at Pike's Place in Seattle, WA. Part of Pike's Place is a farmer's market, so you can find all kinds of fruits and vegetables--even 'exotic' ones (like Rambutan or Mangosteens). Those I mentioned are very foreign to the US...and are also delicious!

I could talk about food for hours, so I'll end this post now before I go on too long. :)

Have a good day friend!


Night Life

In Bangkok there always seems to be night life! The hustle and bustle of the streets and sidewalks give you energy (or drain you, depending on your personality!) for shopping at the night market. I love photographing at night markets because you never know what you'll see! 

In the state's I haven't found anything interesting to photograph at night yet. Perhaps I haven't tried hard enough? Any ideas of interesting places to go at night (that are safe enough and appropriate)? Let me know in the comment section below!


Yummy Cheese!

One thing I love about Turkey is the cheese. I don't get that where we normally live (although I've been living it up in the states while we've been here!) so on our last trip, we enjoyed this part very much!

This market that we're in was selling tons of cheese, olives, bread and Turkish Delight. I love all of those things except the olives. I wish I liked olives...but I just don't. I have tried them repetitively to find that I hate them just as much as I did in the past! :)

I hope you olive lovers still read my blog. ;) 


Daunting, but Doable

Earlier this year, we were out shopping at a market and I was photographing random things. I saw this man working in his store and after some self-pep-talking, I decided to gather up courage to ask this man if I could take his picture. He was surprised, but more than happy to have his picture taken. I was startled! I have never had someone say no, but there are always opposite scenarios that play out in my mind. I expect the worst.

Let's face it, asking complete strangers if you can take their picture can be daunting, but most of the time it turns out just fine! It's completely doable. I think most of the time, I'm afraid that people will be upset when I ask, so I don't. Sometimes I see people in such beautiful lighting and I would love to take their portrait.

This is a fear that I want to break. What about you? Do you have this problem? What are your ideas for breaking this fear?

If you come up with anything, let me know. Happy Friday!


A Bit of Color

When walking around a night market, I came across this brightly covered booth full of plastic-ball-stringed-lights. The added quite a bit of color to this area! I didn't add any color to this photo--it's as it was! Crazy, eh?

So I am struggling with getting a routine down (have you noticed?), but I think I've worked it out! Today marks day one again, and I hope to post consistently after this post. 

Happy Tuesday!


Tea & Thoughts on Reentry

I feel silly now that I didn't take more advantage of what this market had to offer, but what can I do now? This market had so many types of tea that I was in tea heaven looking at it all. I have so many kinds of tea already that I didn't buy a single one. I guess I was practicing self control and being content. :) It is probably for the better, but I did taste some of these teas and they were exquisite.

It's Tuesday...and now 10 days before I head back to the State's for a short visit. Joshua and I have been thinking about what it will be like reentering our home culture. I have so many thoughts on this--it would probably fill up this entire blog! 

One piece of advice that I received once about this, was when you reenter, don't think of your home country as a place that you are an expert on. Now that you have lived in another place and you have adapted to their customs, you are not the same and neither is your home country. Rather, view your home country as a new country that you are visiting for the first time. This will reduce the amount of stress that is placed on you when things aren't what you expected. As well, it kind of removes expectations. I don't think it'll remove all of them, but perhaps it'll take away enough to reduce the amount of stress that you could experience. 

Not sure if this is good advice, but it is something I'm going to try. I was about to type more about reentering your home culture, but I realized that I could do this all day, so I'll spare you...until tomorrow. :) 

Thanks for reading. If you have any thoughts on reentering your home culture after a period of time, would love to hear about them! Leave a comment below!