Category: Travel

Capturing Tulips

Pink tulips among a sea of red tulips
Pink tulips among a sea of red tulips

It has been quite a while since I posted something on photography over at this blog. I had the opportunity to view many many different flowers last month while on holiday in Taiwan. Here are some shots I took while playing with the focus of the camera.

Water droplets on the tulips
Water droplets on the tulips

Droplets of water on the flower petals really add “character” to a shot. It shows that the flower looks really “fresh” after having had a drink.

Red and white tulip
Red and white tulip

I tried to line up the two tulips for this shot. Focusing on the one in the foreground and blurring out the one behind.

What do you think of this effect?

A sea of tulips
A sea of tulips

This shot was taken from the same position the one above but I was focusing on the bi-colored tulips instead of the light pink ones in the foreground.  It is interesting to see how the texture of the shot changes once the focus shifts.

Another shot of the bi-color tulips
Another shot of the bi-color tulips

I prefer the shot above as compared to this one as this one doesn’t seem to be cropped as nicely.  The background seems to be a bit too “messy” also. What do you think?

Any suggestions on how to improve capturing tulips?

 

 

Of Rocks and the Sea

Big rocks off the private beach  at the Bintan Angsana Resort
Big rocks off the private beach at the Bintan Angsana Resort

It has certainly been a long time since I’ve revisited this space.  The last entry here was four months ago in July. I’ve been so preoccupied with developing Dominique’s Desk and focusing on the kids that this blog has been neglected.   I haven’t had time to experiment with different photography techniques as I haven’t been snapping as many photographs.

I’ve been trying out more dishes though but have posted them to instagram instead as it’s really more convenient to snap and post up on it as compared to blogging about the dishes/ bakes that I have tried this few months.  Some of the times I forget to snap a picture before I start eating the dish. On several occasions the dishes don’t really look very camera worthy due to me putting it together haphazardly. ( Focusing on getting the dish to the table for dinner is my priority over arranging it  in a nice presentation)

I think I need to revamp my schedule so that this blog doesn’t get neglected again. No doubt I don’t intend to post here as regularly as the other  main blog  and I have yet to figure out what  to do to make full use of this space.

Rocks and the seaside
Rocks and the seaside

It feels like I’ve hit a rocky patch in regards to this blog and have yet to think through carefully on which direction to take.  I don’t want to duplicate the type of post on both blogs as both should have their own unique characteristics.  I have been reflecting a lot on how I am leading my life this year and quite happy where I am at the moment.

Even though I still have some challenges to complete I  am working my way towards getting them done before their deadlines.  I have been lucky to be able to  have the opportunity to travel frequently each year and experience a change of scenery.  Last month we traveled to the island of Bintan, Indonesia and  the kids and I got to enjoy the sun and the sand. It has been quite a while since I last went to the beach  and it was certainly great to be able to feel the soft white sand in between my toes while listening to the waves lapping against the shoreline.

It was really refreshing to have the sea breeze blowing at you racing around on a jet ski while I was in Bintan. It felt as if I was like a bird flying across the surface of the water without a care in the world.  It was surprisingly thrilling and relaxing experience to  me being on the jet ski for the first time.  Nobody was the wiser that  I hid the fact that I do have a phobia of drowning. I used to stay away from being in the sea due to this fear and  still pass on the opportunity to go scuba diving. I guess as I grow older I try to face up to my fears and not let them  paralyze me.

I guess that it will take me a bit longer to decide how to efficiently use this blog. Meanwhile I’m open to any suggestions that you readers may have. Do let me know in the comments below.

 

Tokyo DisneySea (Part 2)

The bay area
The bay area

While on holidays in Tokyo, Japan  I took so many pictures as I was enthralled by the stunning scenery at the place.  Here is part 2 of the post on Tokyo Disneysea

Stepping through the gates at Tokyo DisneySea you are instantly transported to Europe seeing the western architecture of the buildings. I could easily imagined that I was walking along the banks of the French Riviera looking at the ships that were docked.

The decorations at Mermaid Lagoon
The decorations at Mermaid Lagoon

Seashells adorn the top of the buildings at Mermaid Lagoon. I love how pretty they look and how the conical structures gave height and grandeur to the palace.

A pearl ornament
A pearl ornament

I love this decoration which we saw at the entrance of  Ariel among the coral which was adorned with pearls.  Tiger girl can recognise all the Disney princesses and was happily pointing to the ornament and calling out Ariel insisting that everyone take a look at it.

The jellyfish lanterns
The jellyfish lanterns

The decorations inside Mermaid Lagoon were equally fascinating as those outside. Just check out the jellyfish lanterns in the photo above. I seriously wouldn’t mind having some of them for my own home to jazz up the place.

Neptune and his Trident
Neptune and his Trident

No sea palace would be complete without the statue of King Neptune holding the Trident going around in his carriage. The dolphin led carriage was certainly dressed up for the season of Christmas with corals acting as ” antlers”  while Neptune himself was given Santa’s red hat to wear.

The boys posing for a shot
The boys posing for a shot

The boys saw this extremely big dog with it’s master walking around the perimeter while we were checking out Mermaid Lagoon. They immediately went up to take a photograph together with it. I can’t remember what was the name of the pup but it certainly reminded me of Clifford the big red dog from the storybooks which I used to read to them when they were young.

A mail box hanging at the exit of Mermaid Lagoon
A mail box hanging at the exit of Mermaid Lagoon

I would certainly love to have such a mailbox if I was staying in a house. It would be the most outstanding one along the street with it’s ornate metal vases. I saw quite a few little girls slip letters to Ariel the mermaid. If Tiger girl were older I think she would have gamely done the same.

 

Street lamp with potted flowers
Street lamp with potted flowers

From Mermaid Lagoon we ventured to Mediterranean Harbour and saw  many Mickey inspired street lamps. Aren’t they really colorful?

The Majestic Courtyard
The Majestic Courtyard

From under the sea we were transported to Arabia where Aladin and the Genie lived. I spotted this really unusual genie  inspired fountain in the courtyard. The building in the background was a two level  carousel which can easily accommodate a few hundred riders each time.

An old American Town
An old American Town

Another picturous spot in Tokyo DisneySea was at the American Waterfront area. The set up was like being in an Old Western movie with many traditional looking buildings from the Tom Sawyer era.

Don’t you love the architecture and decorations in this theme park?